I can’t tell you how many times I have Googled “best way to cook spaghetti.” I thought about why I would ever have to look this up more than once…seems to me if I knew how to do this, I’d only have to look it up one time, at the most! Truth be told, there are so many hints and tricks out there. So, in true Forks & Flowers fashion, I’ve done the work for you. 😉
– To use salt or not? I’ve always added a pinch of salt to my boiling water while making pasta…but I never really knew why (other than it made me look like a real chef)! Come to find out, adding salt to the water raises the boiling temperature and adds flavor to the pasta—but you’ll need more than a pinch. Just remember: you need about 1Tbsp. of salt for each serving of pasta you’re cooking.
– How to keep water from boiling over? This is just good ol’ common sense. Use a bigger pot. You should choose a pot that’s taller versus wider, and if you want, add a splash of oil to the pot. The overflowing bubbles are caused by the starch of the pasta cooking out—the oil keeps the bubbles from forming. Or you could just lay a wooden kitchen spoon across the top of the pot—or a wooden kebab skewer!
– How long do I cook my pasta? Well, it depends on what type of noodle you have. The smaller in diameter, the less time it takes—just pay attention to the timing instructions on the box! It is important to know that you want to add the pasta when the water is truly boiling—not just a few bubbles popping up—you want a rolling boil. And stir the noodles as soon as you put them in the pot—in a figure-8 motion—to keep them from clumping together!
Hope that this helps!