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pasta water Spaghetti cooking in large pot of salted, boiling water.

How Much Salt Does Pasta Water Really Need?

Well-seasoned water is the foundation of every delicious pasta dish. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pasta recipe that doesn’t instruct you to salt the cooking water, but beyond vaguely invoking the sea, few of them bother to tell you how much salt is enough.

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Go Ahead and Put Frozen Meat in Your Spaghetti Sauce

Frozen ground beef is supposed to be a convenience item, but it’s only convenient if you are the type of person who can remember to transfer it from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to use it. I gave up becoming one of those people long ago, which…