Cook Time: Read in 8 minutes. Al dente in 7. 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 a rolling oil. 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 al dente moment: 2-3 min prior to the time of pasta cook time. Take a bite to be sure. Once pasta is al dented 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 your 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.