Cook Time: Ready in 4 minutes. Al dente in 3. Pasta by the Pound: For every 1 lb of pasta use 5 qts of water and 2 tbsp of sea salt. Tips for: Perfect Pasta: Bring 5 qts of water to a rolling oil. Once boiling add 2 tbsp of sea salt. Please don t add oil. Now it s time for the pasta! Remember to stir occasionally so the pasta doesn t stick. Check pasta for the al dente moment: 2-3 min prior to the time of pasta cook time. Take a bite to be sure. Once pasta is al dented and ready to drain first scoop up a cup of the starchy pasta cooking water. This water can be added to the sauce later to perfect its consistency. Quickly drain the pasta water but don t rinse! Rinsing removes essential starches needed to help sauces stick. (Only rinse if your are making cold pasta dishes to prevent sticking). Always finish by tossing hot pasta in a pan with warm sauce and cook together over high heat for about 2 min.