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5 mistakes to avoid when cooking pasta

For the love of pasta! Pasta is always an easy and super-satisfying meal, especially on weeknights. Pasta is the first dish that comes to mind when you think “quick dinners”.

Although, as simple as it is to cook pasta, you might be making the following common mistakes without even knowing.

Mistakes to avoid when cooking pasta 

Be sure to salt the water 

The purpose of salting the water is to “rough up” the surface of the pasta to keep it from getting slimy. Salt help helps season the pasta, which is especially important when cooking dry pasta.

Use the right size pot 

We’ve all been there, trying to sqeeze too-tall spaghetti into a tiny pot? By using a pot that’s not large enough, the water temperature drops significantly when the pasta is added. While the water returns to a boil, the pasta gets clumpy and mushy sitting in the pot.

Don’t add pasta too soon 

Again, this happens all too often especially when were in the weeknight dinner rush. When you add your pasta before the water is boiling, the pasta sits in the water and it gets gluey and sticky.

Don’t stir pasta while cooking 

Be sure to stir the pasta immediately after adding it to the water, and occasionally stirring during cooking. This will prevent it from sticking together.

Drain but don’t rinse 

You do not need to wash the pasta after cooking. When washing the pasta, you’re washing away the starch that helps the sauce cling to the pasta.


Quick and easy pasta recipes to try 



Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara 



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