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    Tell it off and warn it not to do it again.
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    (Original post by Killerpenguin15)
    Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water, or a bit of olive oil.
    (Original post by Loyota)
    Try adding some olive oil to the boiling water (2 tablespoons)
    (Original post by queen-bee)
    Add some olive oil to the boiling water
    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    I forgot to add that I always add salt to the water anyway. I will try the oil idea though, thanks
    (Original post by jenigma)
    Add salt/olive oil and don't overcook it or overfill it. Al dente can be nice.
    (Original post by homeland.lsw)
    Wait wait wait!!!!
    Listen to this...when you drain and rinse the pasta...coat it with olive oil...
    So immediately after draining, toss it in olive oil and that won't make it stick!
    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Cheers everyone, it seems like adding a bit of olive oil is the way to go
    People, oil and water aren't miscible...
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    Wait! For cooking a good pasta:
    1) Use a large pot with much more water than pasta.
    2) When the water is boiling, add the salt then put the pasta. Stir it often with a fork or a spoon. This is important.
    3) Do not overcook it.
    4) AFTER you drained the pasta, you can add sauce/olive oil. Put olive oil during cooking won't help as Gofre said.

    This issue is not really common with penne though. It is more usual with spaghetti or tagliatelle. Maybe the brand is important. May I suggest Barilla?
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    Don't overcook.
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    cook it for a shorter time, at a lower heat, and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Also get the water hot (boiling) before you put the pasta in the pan. Little cooking tips!
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    People, oil and water aren't miscible...
    No I said adding oil after you drain the pasta, not whilst cooking it
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    People, oil and water aren't miscible...
    Make an emulsion :teehee:
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    People, oil and water aren't miscible...
    Your point is?
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    I've never had this problem before. But as others have said, cook the pasta too long and you'll likely end up with this sticky mush.
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    I never have this problem, and I don't add salt or stir regularly. I guess I'm just lucky.
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Adding the pasta to boiling water
    No idea then! Only other things I can think of trying are cooking the pasta in a larger pot or in smaller batches, or trying a different brand of pasta.
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Hi guys,

    Whenever I cook pasta (penne), I often find that the pasta tubes stick together, so that I have to prize them apart gently with a knife while cooking. I stir the pasta continuously while cooking it to try and stop it from sticking, but are there any other ways to prevent/reduce the sticking?

    Thanks
    More water leviathan1741.



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    the main thing is to stir it, when cooking
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Hi guys,

    Whenever I cook pasta (penne), I often find that the pasta tubes stick together, so that I have to prize them apart gently with a knife while cooking. I stir the pasta continuously while cooking it to try and stop it from sticking, but are there any other ways to prevent/reduce the sticking?

    Thanks
    Make sure the water has reached a rolling boil and also stir once every minute or two just to break things up a bit. Any more than that is unnecessary.
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    As a pasta lover the best thing is to stand over it with a wooden spoon and stir it.
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    (Original post by ODES_PDES)
    As a pasta lover the best thing is to stand over it with a wooden spoons and stir it.
    I do that
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    i know in the restaurant i worked at when we would cook a batch for storage we used olive oil and salt in the cooking the we drained it and added more olive oil to keep in from drying out
    i find a 1/4 tsp of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil at each stage per person works best
    so for 4 in a tsp of salt and 8 tablespoons of olive oil
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    Add dried pasta to pan. Shake the pan back and forth (carefully!) whilst pouring in boiling water from a kettle. Bring to the boil then simmer. No need to stir. I've been doing this for a while now and pasta no longer sticks.
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    Just stir it, Una!
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    Put a bit of oil in the water


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