I’m completely guilty of this cooking mistake. If my pasta is done before the rest of my dinner, I instinctively reach for the olive oil. But now it’s time to retrain myself. Why? Because adding oil to freshly cooked pasta means that any sauce you put on afterward just won’t stick. Period.
Instead add a little bit of sauce to the pasta to keep it from sticking, or rinse the noodles in cold water to remove the starch that makes them stick in the first place.