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How To Properly Salt Your Pasta Water

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Learn how to properly salt your pasta water with this 1:1:4 formula. It will definitely kick the flavor of your pasta up a delicious notch!


  • 4 quarts (16 cups) water
  • 1 tablespoon regular table salt (or 1.5 tablespoons Kosher salt)
  • 1 pound (uncooked) dry pasta


  1. In a large stockpot, bring the water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.  Stir in the salt.
  2. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions, stirring occasionally and reducing the heat a bit if it starts to boil over, until the pasta is al dente.
  3. Drain off the excess water.
  4. Serve immediately, using your favorite pasta recipe.


*If you like a saltier pasta, feel free to up the salt quantity by 1/2 tablespoon per batch until you find the amount that tastes good to you.