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Today, pasta is the go-to dish for busy families; easy to make yet easy to ruin. Take your pasta from pathetic to perfect with these great tips:
The reason most pieces end up glued together is because there isn't enough water, and it isn't fully boiled. Make sure water is at a rolling boil before you add the pasta.
No Salt No More
Adding salt to boiling water is a common technique but who needs all that extra sodium? Instead, throw in a cube of low-sodium vegetable stock. Afterwards, you can use some of the flavoured water in your sauce.
You're aiming for pasta that is al dente (firm but tender). The instructions are a guide but the key is to taste-test ... frequently! Pasta keeps cooking even after you've drained the water so factor that into your cooking time.
Unless you're eating it cold, never rinse pasta after it's cooked. The starchy surface is what helps the sauce stick!