Simple Perfect Pasta: Step 1: Select number of servings. 2 Servings: 1/4 box pasta; 2 qt. water; 1 tsp salt; 4 Servings: 1/2 box pasta; 3 qt. water; 2 tsp salt; 8 Servings: full box pasta; 5 qt. water; 1 tbsp salt. Step 2: Pick your time/firmness. 10 minutes al dente; 11 minutes firm; 12 minutes tender. Step 3: Cooking directions. 1. Bring water to a rapid boil. To add flavor and reduce stickiness, add salt (optional). 2. Add pasta and stir; return to rapid boil. 3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally. 4. Drain well. Serve as desired.
Maintaining Perfect Pasta: To keep cooked pasta fresh for later use, toss with a small amount of olive oil and refrigerate.