2.Add a handful of salt to the pot as it begins boiling. Don't be timid—you want it salty like the Mediterranean Sea. The pasta will not absorb all of the salt—just enough to give it great flavor.
4. Pour the cooked pasta into a colander and drain all excess water. DO NOT rinse the pasta, as you'll remove all the starch that helps the sauce adhere to it.
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