PastaCooking pasta is one of the easiest things you can cook, and can be eaten at any family meal or dinner with friends.  Adding exotic herbs and spices to your sauce can give a wild taste of flavors from hot chilli to traditional bolognaise whichever suits your fancy pasta always goes down a treat.

If you are cooking for four to six people you will need at least a six quart sized pot, if not bigger.  Add four quarts of water to avoid the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

When your delicious sauce is almost ready, bring your water to the boil.  Add your pasta along with a tablespoon of salt to add some taste.  Pasta is very bland in taste so a little salt will add that zap of flavor.

Stir immediately after putting in your pasta to prevent it from sticking to the pot.  Now here is the interesting part, adding oil to your pasta water is a normal to prevent it from sticking, but did you know that oil prevents the sauce from adhering to the pasta? So whatever you do, do not add oil to your pot.

Cover the pot until it is boiling again and keep stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Check it regularly for texture.  Most people prefer their pasta al dente, which means it still has a little bit of a bite to it.

Once your pasta is cooked al dente, take a little bit of pasta water out of the pot and put it into a separate jug.  Pour your al dente pasta into a colander and shake it a couple of times.  Don’t shake it too much because you don’t want to shake all the water off it.

Never rinse your pasta with fresh water.  This removes all the starch which prevents the sauce from clinging to the pasta.

Add your drained pasta to a hot pot and add just enough sauce to coat it evenly.  If the sauce needs a little thinning, use your left over pasta water.

Once you have followed these easy steps, you will be serving delicious al dente pasta to your family and friends.  A bit of grated mozzarella cheese on top of your cooked pasta for added flavor and enjoy.

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