Reader Penelope brought up a great question on my Short Rib Pasta post.
Penelope writes: "Wow, the short ribs look fantastic and the leftover as a pasta dish is inspired! Do you find that boiling the pasta with oil rather than salt results in better taste, or texture? Just curious."
I answered: "Hi Penelope! While I used to salt the water, I prefer adding a tablespoon of good olive oil to the water to prevent the pasta pieces from sticking to one another. I've done it for so long that I honestly can't remember what it's like NOT to add the oil to the water. My husband has an interesting technique, too: he sprays the bottom of the pot with olive oil spray before adding the water. He finds is not only helps the pasta from sticking to itself, but also to the pot after drainage. He also believes it provides a more even distribution of oil."
I want to hear what you all think. What's your pasta-cooking method? Salt the water? Add oil to the water? Do you think it makes a difference?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!