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How To Cook Pasta

Watch more Italian Cooking videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to cook spaghetti and other kinds of noodles and pasta perfectly with this food video from Howcast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Pour water into pot For each pound of pasta you want to cook, pour 6 quarts of fresh, cold water into a large pot. Step 2: Put pot on burner Put the pot on your stove's largest burner to make sure the heat is evenly distributed, and turn the burner to "High." Tip Add a few pinches of salt to the water and cover the pot to reach a faster boil. Step 3: Boil water Wait for the water to come to a full, rolling boil. Step 4: Slide pasta into pot Slide the pasta slowly into the pot to avoid splashing the scalding-hot water. Tip A bundle of dry spaghetti about the diameter of a quarter will yield one cup of cooked pasta. Step 5: Cover pot Cover the pot and wait for the water to return to a full boil. Step 6: Lower heat When the water is boiling again, remove the cover, lower the heat to "Medium-High," and stir frequently. Cooking times vary for different types of pasta—consult your package. Step 7: Taste When your pasta is nearing the end of its cooking time, use a long-handled spoon to fish out a piece. Taste it to see whether it's done—just be careful not to burn your mouth! Tip Most pasta should be served al dente, or "to the tooth" in Italian. It's the point when the pasta offers a slight resistance at its center. Step 8: Pour pasta into colander When the pasta is ready, put a large colander in your sink and pour the contents of the pot into it. Shake the colander to remove excess water. Tip Do not rinse the pasta. It will bind better with the sauce if it hasn't been cooled down before they meet. Step 9: Serve Serve your pasta as soon as possible after cooking it to capture the true glory of its flavor. Did You Know? Dried pasta was likely introduced to Italy by Arabs in the 8th century.
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