Cook Time: Ready in 11 minutes Aldente in 10. Pasta by the Pound. For every 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 rolling boil. Once boiling, add 2 tbsp of sea salt. Please don't add oil. Now it's time for the pasta! Remember to stir occasionally, so the pasta doesn't stick. Check pasta for the aldente moment: 2-3 min. prior to the end of pasta cook time. Take a bite to be sure. Once pasta is al dente and ready to drain, first scoop up a cup of the 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] Rinsing removes essential starches needed to help sauces stick. (Only rinse if you are making cold pasta dishes to prevent sticking). Always finish by tossing hot pasta in a pan with warm sauce and cook together over high heat for about 2 min.