How Long To Boil Spaghetti (And Why)?

How Long To Boil Spaghetti (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 9 to 12 minutes

Food is different in every country, even if the ingredients are different. Every country has its style of cooking, and there are hundreds of cuisines in the world. Some dishes in the world are very popular all across, so they are made in every kitchen despite the dish belonging to foreign cuisine. Some dishes come to people’s minds every time a person mentions the cuisine they belong to.

Likewise, when someone mentions pizza or pasta, the first thing that comes to anybody’s mind is Italy or Italian cuisine. Pasta is one of the most famous dishes of Italy and they are loved by people all over the world. It is a traditional Italian dish, considered as a staple food. The dish is also filled with nutrients and can be made into many different dishes with the right recipe. There are also different kinds of pasta to choose from, of different shapes and sizes.

One of the longest kinds of pasta is spaghetti, which is thin, long, and cylindrical. Even in spaghetti, there are three types, spaghetti, the spaghettoni, which is the thicker one, and capellini, which is the thinner one. It takes about 9 to 12 minutes.

How Long To Boil Spaghetti

How Long To Boil Spaghetti?

Preparation time5 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time15 minutes

Just like every other type of pasta, spaghetti is made up of water, milled wheat, and it is full of essential nutrients. Italian spaghetti is made up of durum wheat semolina, which is a type of wheat that gives the best kind of pasta. Though wheat is brown, pasta is white because only refined wheat flour is used. Sometimes, whole wheat flour might be added to thicken the paste. Pasta can be served with sauce, meat, and vegetables, and spaghetti can be served in many ways.

Usually, pasta is about 25 to 30 cm in length and there are multigrain spaghetti is also available in markets. The most popular ways in which spaghetti is served are, in the authentic Italian style, international style, and sometimes, some just like to boil the spaghetti, add some sauce on it, and have the spaghetti with garlic bread on the side and with toppings.

Normally, spaghetti is served with tomato sauce mixed with basil or oregano, olive oil, vegetables, and meat. Sometimes cheese will be grated on top of the spaghetti. Whatever the recipe may be, first the spaghetti must be boiled and cooked. Spaghetti is one of the easiest things to cook without hassle. All one needs to prepare the spaghetti is water, a pot, and some salt.

Why Does It Take That Long To Boil Spaghetti?

Though it is very easy to cook pasta, people tend to overcook or undercook it, which can make the pasta either extremely dry or mushy. Hence, spaghetti must be boiled for the right time. First, the spaghetti must be put into plenty of water and stirred. After that, the pot of water must be brought to simmer and the lid must be let on. The spaghetti must be boiled for about 9 to 12 minutes before it is completely boiled.

Some add more water than is required, which will be drained off after it is completely cooked or boiled. Some store the leftover water from the pan, so that it can be added to the sauce to thicken it and add taste. Salt must be added for the spaghetti to boil well. The recipe is very simple, and to make a dish of boiled spaghetti, it takes about 15 minutes in total, 5 minutes to prepare, and 10 minutes to cook.


First. salt must be added to the pot of water and boiled, Then, the spaghetti must be added and cooked, and after it is thoroughly cooked, the spaghetti must be properly drained and the required amount of sunflower oil must be added and mixed well. Some choose garnishes and toppings, some add sauce and meat, while some just eat the spaghetti as it is.

Usually, for plain boiled spaghetti, to add more flavor, any sort of pepper, especially grounded black pepper or red paprika can be added to give the dish a bit of punch. Some add bay leaves or even bell pepper, along with other garnishes.


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