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How to Cook Perfect Spaghetti

How to make that perfect spaghetti that is not overcooked or under-seasoned.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • large pot with lid
  • 6 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ladle and bowl
  • collander


  • Bring water to a rapid boil
  • Add salt
  • Add Spaghetti
  • Put lid on.
  • Stir for first two minutes.
  • Watch the water doesn't bubble over.
  • You want that spaghetti boiling away to 3 minutes before package directions.
  • Taste strand. It should have a bite.
  • It will continue to cook in the sauce you put it in.
  • Drain pasta, but first reserve a cup of starchy water, which may be used to add back in to the sauce.
  • If using a tomato sauce, add some tomato sauce to pot, add spaghetti back in, and finish cooking a minute or so. Add in a little starchy water.


You will need to taste and test a few times to get this right.