Cook Time: Ready in 8 Min. Pasta by the pound. For ever 1 lb. of pasta, use 5 qts. of water and 2 tbsp. of sea salt. Tips for perfect pasta: Bring 5 qts. of water to a rolling boil once boiling, add 2 tbsp. of sea salt. Please don't add oil. Now its time for the pasta! Remember to stir occasionally, so that the pasta doesn't stick. Check pasta for the al dente moment: 2-3 min. prior to the end of pasta cook time. Take a bite to be sure. Once pasta is ready to drain, scoop up a cup of a starchy pasta cooking water. This water can be added to the sauce later to perfect its consistency. Quickly drain the pasta water, but don't rinse! Always finish by tossing hot pasta in a pan with warn sauce and cook together over high heat for about 2 min.