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A question I am asked fairly frequently, is 'How do you cook your pasta???' - because I do make pasta once a week. Mostly I use the very easy macaroni . But I do not use any precise measures for the pasta or the water. This is what I do..
Boil water with about a 1/2 tsp of salt in it.
Once boiled, add the pasta. The level of the pasta should be an inch at least, below the water level.
As soon as the water with the pasta STARTS to boil, I switch off the stove, add a 5 -6 drops of Olive oil and give it a good stir.
Then I put a lid on, and wait 5 minutes.
By now most of the small macaroni is cooked . Sometimes the shell type macaroni takes a about 2 - 3 more minutes.
The macaroni would slightly increase in size, would look mostly opaque, while a bit in the middle may still be translucent.
As soon as the pasta is cooked to my liking, I drain the water by pouring the entire thing through a big strainer and hold the pasta under running water to stop it cooking more. I pour 1 tsp (or more) of olive oil over the pasta slowly, while tossing, to coat it evenly in the oil.
Pasta is ready !!