Add Oil to Pasta Water to Prevent Noodles From Sticking
We've all seen the instructions on the back of the fresh-pasta package: Add a spoonful of oil to the cooking water to keep your fettuccine from turning into a big blob. "That's just a waste of oil," says chef Alfred Portale of New York City's Gotham Bar and Grill
. Salt the water (which doesn't have anything to do with sticking; it just seasons the pasta), stir every few minutes while the noodles cook, and once you've drained them, toss with a tablespoon of olive oil to keep them separated.