HOW TO COOK PERFECT PASTA 1) Start with the best pasta you can find. 2) Use ample water for boiling. 3) Salt the water well. 4) Do not add oil to the water. 5) Stir the pasta after a minute or so of cooking. 6) Take the pasta off the heat just before it reaches al dente. 7) Reserve some of the pasta cooking water to add to your sauce. 8) Toss hot pasta with sauce quickly.