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  • Always cook pasta in a large saucepan.
  • To cook 500g pasta, pour about 3 litres of water into a large pot and add 15ml (1 tablespoon) salt.
  • Cover the pot and bring the water to a rapid boil.
  • Add the pasta, all at once, and stir until the water returns to the boil.
  • Cook the pasta, uncovered, for 8 to 15 minutes, stirring during the cooking time – if you don’t it will stick. The cooking period will depend on the shape and size of the pasta – refer to your pasta for a guide.
  • The pasta must be cooked in an open pot at all times.
  • To test if the pasta is cooked, carefully remove a piece from the boiling water.
  • Bite into the pasta to see if it is cooked through. If there is still a small white spot in the centre of the pasta, it is not ready.
  • Pasta must be firm to the bite and not soft or soggy. When it is perfectly cooked, it is called ‘al dente’, which means ‘firm to the bite’.
  • When the pasta is al dente, drain it immediately using a sieve or colander.
  • Serve immediately.
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