It may seem like one of the simplest techniques around, but making perfectly cooked pasta can still be a challenge. Curtis Stone shows you how to cook fresh pasta or dry pasta to the perfect al dente texture, prevent it from sticking and help it hold on to every drop of delicious sauce. And a bonus: Curtis also busts one of the biggest pasta-cooking myths!
Step 1: Fresh vs. Dried
Both cook pretty much the same way but the fresh can take two minutes and the dried can take fifteen.
Step 2: Fresh
Get a big pot of water up to rapid boil, add a good pinch of salt, and stick your pasta in. A misconception is to add oil to the water; it does nothing to help the pasta, though it might prevent the sauce from sticking to the pasta.
Step 3: Dried
Cook dried pasta the same way, only longer.
Step 4: Pasta to Sauce
Add your pasta to your sauce; don't pour your sauce on your pasta.