How To Cook Fresh Pasta

Cooking fresh pasta is just as easy as cooking dried pasta, but it cooks more quickly.

To cook fresh pasta noodles, simply bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high to high heat. Be sure to add plenty of salt to the pot of water; this will help flavor the pasta.

When the salted water has reached a rolling boil, gently drop the fresh pasta noodles into the pot. Stir the noodles gently right after they've been added to ensure that they don't stick together.

Fresh pasta noodles only need a few minutes to cook. The cook time will depend on the thickness of the noodle and your preferred level of doneness, but, in general, you'll need to cook the pasta somewhere between 90 seconds and 4 minutes. Al dente pasta will generally cook for 2 minutes or less.

When the pasta has reached the desired level of doneness, remove it from the boiling water and serve it with a drizzle of olive oil, freshly grated cheese, and a pinch each of salt and pepper, or toss the noodles with your favorite sauce.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.