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Welcome to cooking pasta 101! Read on to learn
the three basic steps
for cooking pasta start to finish, and my tried-and-true pro techniques for how to cook perfect pasta at home, every time!
Look for dried pasta that’s bronze cut and made from durum semolina flour.
Pick a large, deep pot that holds 4-6 quarts.
For cooking pasta, the perfect ratio of salt to water
is 1 tablespoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt per quart of water.
A slotted wooden spoon is perfect for stirring and testing the doneness of pasta.
Different pasta shapes and brands will have different cooking times — Stir frequently, and taste the pasta at intervals.
What you’re going for is that all-important al dente texture. If you break open a piece of perfectly cooked pasta, you should see a core of lighter yellow inside.
Perfectly cooked pasta is delicious with simply butter and cheese.