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How to Cook Pasta In Just 10 mins

Quick Summary

1. Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way with water.  Add some salt, if desired.
2. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
3. Add the pasta and stir it.
4. Reduce to medium.
5. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes.
6. Pour the pasta through a strainer. Shake out the excess water.
7. Return the pasta to the pot and toss it with your favourite sauce.


1.Choose which pasta you want to make

Try to pick one that suits the sauce well.

2.Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way with water

This will ensure that the water doesn’t spill when it’s boiling. Don’t under-fill the pot; this will make the pasta sticky. There should be a generous water to pasta ratio. To reduce your wait time, add hot water.

3.Turn the knob on the stove to high

4.Add salt if desired

For a large pot of water, 1 – 2 tablespoons of salt should be sufficient.

5.Wait for the water to boil

6.Add pasta to the water and stir with a big spoon

 Take care that the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom, especially when you add it first.

  • Since it can be hard to estimate just how much pasta you need, read the package for serving suggestions. If there aren’t any, read the Nutrition Facts for the number of servings per container and divvy up the dry noodles accordingly. If you are cooking for two, a full package of pasta can usually make a full meal with left overs.

7.Turn down the stove slightly, continue to boil the pasta, and stir every so often to prevent sticking

Do not cover the pot.

8.When it’s been boiling for about 8-10 minutes (check the package for suggested cooking time), take a piece of the pasta out and allow it to cool

  • Alternatively, under-cook the pasta by 2-3 minutes (the outsides should be cooked while the centers should be hard), then turn off the stove, set the pot on another (cool) burner, and cover for 10-15 minutes.

9.Bite into the pasta

If it’s too hard to bite or if you see white in the center, it needs to cook a little longer. When it’s cooked all the way through but still firm, it’s ready.

10.Turn off the stove and empty the entire pot of pasta into a strainer

Tilt the pot away from yourself, so you don’t get a face full of steam, which is even hotter than the boiling water.

11.Shake out the excess water and then pour the pasta back into the pot

Be sure not to put the pot back onto the hot part of the stove, which can burn the bare pasta.

12.Add a tablespoon of olive oil and toss (optional)

While this will keep the noodles from sticking, it can also create a barrier between the noodle and the sauce you add, making the results less flavorful.

13.Cover with your favorite sauce and shake it (inside the hot pot)

14.Add cheese, fresh parsley or basil leaves, or other garnishes as desired

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