Prevent Soft and Mushy Pasta

To prevent soft, mushy pasta, make sure the cooking water is at a full boil before adding the pasta. Also, make sure to keep it at a steady boil throughout the cooking time.
Quick Tips & Ideas

Prevent Soft and Mushy Pasta

Over cooking the pasta will also cause the pasta to become soft. For perfectly cooked pasta see cooking tips below.
  • When cooking fresh pasta, test often for doneness because it cooks quickly.
  • Use plenty of water to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  • Adding salt to the water when cooking pasta will help firm the pasta and bring out its flavor.
  • To bring pasta water to a boil more quickly, cover the pot with a lid while you are heating the water. Do not cover the pot while cooking the pasta.
  • To prevent pasta from boiling over, place a wooden spoon or fork across the top of the pot while the pasta is boiling.
  • If combining different pastas, be sure to select shapes and sizes that are similar so that they will cook in the same amount of time.
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