What are a few tips for cooking pasta?


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Some helpful tips when cooking pasta include paying attention to the amount of water and size of the pot used, adding salt to the water, storing and reheating the pasta. It is also important to always follow the package directions exactly, as different types of pasta have different cooking requirements.

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Start with a pot that is large enough for the amount of pasta and water you intend to cook. Too small of a pot may cause the pasta to crowd and stick together, and may not allow you to use enough water. Generally, you should use between 4 and 6 quarts of water per pound of pasta. Pasta absorbs much of the water and also needs enough left to be able to continue cooking it. Optionally, add salt to the boiling water to prevent stickiness and also to increase the flavor.

You can store cooked pasta in the refrigerator for three to five days before using it. When storing pasta, be sure to use an airtight container, and add teaspoon of oil per point to prevent it from becoming sticky and drying out. You can also pre-make pasta dishes such as lasagna and freeze them for later use. It is best to freeze them before baking. Just thaw and cook as usual.

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