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Is salt really necessary for cooking pasta? [duplicate]

I never put salt into the water when I boil it to make pasta even though cooking directions always suggest I do that and the pasta comes out fine. How necessary it is?
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Is it good to add salt or oil to pasta water [duplicate]

Is it necessary as should i add salt or oil to the pasta water when it comes to the boil as before i add the pasta??Does it really effect the outcome of the pasta at all?
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How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself?

Whenever I boil pasta (specifically spaghetti), it always sticks to itself before I'm ready to use it. What can I do to avoid this without it becoming mushy (which happens if I keep it in the water)? ...
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Can I boil pasta in a pasta sauce?

Is it ok to boil pasta in pan with a pasta sauce? Is there any reason to boil pasta separately (and then add the sauce)?
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

When cooking pasta (from dried), I currently need to add a significant amount of salt to the water to add flavour. As the pasta itself is extremely cheap, and the water is completely free - it can at ...
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Why add salt to the water when cooking rice?

Given the great answer to the question on adding salt to water when cooking pasta, I am curious whether the same explanation holds for rice as it does for pasta (flavor and starch gelation)? Is there ...
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Boiling things using salt

Since recently i have to cook for myself and a lot of products mention i should boil some water with salt and when it boils add the product. Why on earth do you have to add salt to the water?
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Is there an authoritative source on whether salt affects pasta stickiness?

The Seasoned Advice answer to Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta? is that it makes the pasta less sticky by inhibiting starch gelatinization. This seems to be a controversial question, with ...
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Cooking pasta: when to salt?

So, I have always been salting the water first when cooking pasta. Another amateur cook friend insists on salt after boil because it raises boil temperature elsewise. I keep telling him I don't care ...
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Best moment to put salt in spaghetti?

Different friends have conflicting theories about the best moment to pour salt into spaghettis: Before putting the spaghettis, so that the salt infiltrates inside the spaghetti. Just a bit before ...
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Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?

I read in this question: Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta? that adding an acid like lemon juice to water you're cooking pasta in will help keep it from getting waterlogged and having the ...
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Could adding oil to boil benefit the taste and texture of the pasta?

Note to mods: this is not a duplicate. I am not concerned about pasta sticking. Note to anyone who wants to stand on their heritage and say only their way is best: I am Italian, I am 45, I have been ...
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What can pasta absorb from the water it's cooked in?

I know you're supposed to put salt in the water when you're cooking pasta, both to aid in anti-starch gelation and to add flavour. This got me thinking - what ELSE can pasta absorb from the water it ...
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