How do I keep my spaghetti noodles from sticking together?

I put a cap full of olive oil in my water before boiling the pasta, but the noodles still stick together.

Does anyone have any tricks to keep this from happening?

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mwebb

Asked by mwebb at 11:31 AM on Dec. 31, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • rinse them when they are done and then put a little more oil and mix it up in the noodles and donot rinse pasta with cold water use hot or warm
    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 11:35 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • I use veggy oil and also put salt in and mine rarely stick.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 11:32 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Spray Pam into the pot as the water's boiling :) Mine never stick when I do that.
    piercedbeauty21

    Answer by piercedbeauty21 at 11:35 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • put more oil in the boiling water mine never stick
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 11:40 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • i also dont rinse mine
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 11:40 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Italian girl here. Put alot of salt in the water.
    I make pasta atleast two times a week.
    Dannee

    Answer by Dannee at 11:57 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Adding oil to the water makes the noodles slick and your sauce won't "stick" to the noodles. So skip the oil and stir your noodles while they are cooking every couple of minutes.
    femomof3

    Answer by femomof3 at 11:59 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • We always pour the oil on AFTER the noodles are cooked. I've never heard of putting it in the water. I don't put salt in either. Just boil the noodles, drain, return to pot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and toss. It never sticks.
    justanotherjen

    Answer by justanotherjen at 12:40 PM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • SALT
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 PM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Oil does nothing to keep them from sticking unless you're putting it on them after they are drained. What the oil does is keep the water from boiling over because it can't climb the sides of the pot. If they're sticking you need to use more water..too much starch is leeching into the water, and that is what is causing them to stick. Salt is an optional thing..I think they taste better with salted water, since the pasta itself is a bit bland. Just make sure not to oversalt the water or the sauce you add later. If you want them really singular, you can toss with a drizzle of olive oil after cooking, but this will cause the sauce to stick less. Use at least 5-7quarts of water for a pound of pasta. Stir them as you put them in, because it will separate them while the outside begins to cook, which will help them not to be too sticky.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 1:27 PM on Dec. 31, 2008

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