250 grams of pasta (half a 500g pack - regular supermarket size).
about three inches of water in a bigish saucepan (add a little
salt to the water).
water is boiling chuck in the pasta. Gve it a quick stir to
make sure it doesn't stick to the pan or itself.
back to the boil again and then turn down to simmer. Don't cover
every few minutes with a quick stir with your wooden spoon.
mins it should be nearly cooked but after 12-13 mins it should
test it by taking out one piece and cutting it with the edge
of a fork. If it cuts through then the pasta is ready.
tip the contents of your saucepan into a colander or sieve and
leave for 2 mins to drain.
use a little olive oil to stir in with the pasta to stop it
sticking but if you don't over cook it you should be OK without
the oil. Low fat diets - no oil.