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  • Salt. Oil floats to the top and does no good.
    • DancesWithWolves
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  • add oil after paster is cooked stops sticking..but not real necessary as oil is fattening anyways
    • Army Veteran
      Depends on the oil - vegetable oils are fattening.
    • DancesWithWolves
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  • If you attend the pot the pasta won't stick. *** That being said: I've been told by real chefs (I worked in an Italian-style restaurant) that adding a little olive oil to the pot will prevent sticking. *** Salt was also always added, but (supposedly) for flavor and to reduce cooking time, not to keep pasta from sticking.
    • Army Veteran
      Do a little experiment: without turning on a burner, pour a little oil into the water and see what happens. Next, add some salt and see what that does. If the oil floats to the top (and it will), it does the pasta little good.
    • DancesWithWolves
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  • Salt is added for flavor mostly. Some say it reduces cook time, but I don't really think that's right. The oil floats on top of the water. It is really added to prevent boil overs. To prevent the pasta from sticking, make sure you have plenty of boiling water when you start cooking it, and stir it frequently to prevent clumping or sticking. If you need to hold the pasta after cooking without any sauce on it, add a bit of oil to the drained pasta and toss it together to prevent sticking. Best way though, is to add the hot sauce to the hot pasta and serve it right away. 7/14/22
    • DancesWithWolves
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    • DancesWithWolves
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