How to stop pasta from sticking together: Preventing sticky pasta
Making a simple pot of pasta can be really frustrating when it all sticks together and comes out undercooked. It’s equally frustrating when your pasta sticks together after it has been drained. Here are some easy ways to avoid these problems:
Add a couple tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil and a teaspoon of salt to your cooking water before the pasta.
Use more water and a larger pot. This gives the pasta more room to spread out while it cooks.
Stir the pasta more when you first put it in. This is when most pasta sticks together and so extra stirring can help keep it apart.
Break the pasta in half. This is the fastest and easiest way to ensure that your pasta doesn’t stick if you don’t mind shorter noodles. Break it down into the water rather than up or little pieces of pasta will end up everywhere.
Spread out the pasta in the pot. Simply fan out the pasta so that it is facing in different directions, making a star-like pattern (see picture). This helps give the pasta room to cook. This keeps the pasta from staying together for too long and helps a lot toward keeping it from sticking.
Rinse with hot water if you are going to serve the pasta immediately.
Rinse with cold water if you intend to serve it later.
Toss the noodles with a couple tablespoons of olive oil or butter.
Combine the noodles with the sauce directly after draining.
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