When to Salt Your Pasta Water

Pasta on the Stove

If pasta is on your dinner menu for tonight, use this tip for perfectly cooked noodles. Wait until the water for your pasta is already boiling before adding the salt. Why? If you’re using an aluminum pan the salt sitting on the bottom could cause pitting over time.

And unless you have dietary restrictions, don’t skip or skimp on the salt in your water. It really gives your meal an essential flavor boost. Get more tips for cooking the perfect pot of pasta here, and our favorite pasta recipes here.


  1. Sandra Hersey

    Thanks for clearing that up. I actually had this conversation this weekend and I thought I was supposed to wait but could not remember why!

    March 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

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