How to Cook Pasta Perfectly (Because You're Probably Doing It Wrong)
Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, take two seconds to do this little step that most home cooks skip: Before you drain the water, save a single cup. This starchy water can work wonders in sauces, binding the sauce and noodles together, and breaking down thicker sauces so they're less likely to clump at the bottom of your bowl.
How to Cook Pasta in the Microwave or Slow Cooker *Optionally, cook only the pasta in the slow cooker without any other ingredients and a sauce. Pour 2 cups of water into the slow cooker. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1 tbsp. olive oil, then add the pasta and ensure that it is fully covered by the water. Cook on "High" for one hour or until the pasta is tender.