Let’s talk spaghetti. How long does it take to cook spaghetti? Just like any good relationship, your pasta should be cooked perfectly. This is a question that many people ask, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The cooking time for spaghetti will vary depending on the type of pasta; the size of the pasta as well as the desired level of doneness. Follow the steps in this article and you will have delicious spaghetti in no time. We have found that while some people swear by an overnight soak, our version with a quick boil and large surface area is just as good and much faster – right around 9 minutes to cook a pound of pasta!
How Long Does It Take To Cook Spaghetti?
The cooking time varies, depending on the water temperature, pasta shape and size, and your pot. You can cook spaghetti for 6-7 minutes with a boil and 9 minutes at a simmer. If you have a large stockpot with lots of surface area, or if you’re using a smaller pot but heating it to high temperatures (near-boiling), your pasta will cook faster.
The size of the pasta itself can also affect how quickly it cooks—longer thin strands like spaghetti take longer to cook than shorter thicker ones like penne. And some shapes don’t absorb as much water as others, so fusilli will take less time than rigatoni in the same volume of boiling water.
How to quickly cook your spaghetti
With a quick boil and a large surface area, you can cook a pound of pasta in nine minutes. To cook a pound of spaghetti in just 9 minutes, you’ll need a large pot and plenty of water. Since you’re going to be boiling your pasta for 9 minutes, the surface area of the pot should be large enough to hold enough water for rapid evaporation during this time. This will give you more control over how much moisture stays in your noodles and how quickly they cook through.
If you’re using too small a pan (or even worse—a saucepan!), add more water than usual so that there’s still plenty of room for evaporation without overflowing or boiling over onto your stovetop.
Turning up the heat will help accelerate things along as well: instead of simmering at medium-low temperatures between 180°F and 205°F like most recipes call for (and can take upwards of 30 minutes), bring it all up closer to 212°F – 250°F (100°C) by turning up your burner dials higher until you see steam billow out from under the lid.
Cooking times for different pasta types
Cooking times vary among different pasta types. The denser the shape of pasta, the longer it takes to cook. You can also look at how much surface area a shape has and how thick it is to get an idea of what kind of cooking time you’ll need. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Spaghetti, fettuccine: These long strands have high surface areas and are best cooked al dente (slightly firm). Pasta with this shape should take between 10-15 minutes to reach perfection!
- Penne and rigatoni: These short tubes resemble penises and vaginas respectively and they’re great when you want something chewy rather than mushy. Cook these for between 5-8 minutes depending on how much time you have left in your day!
Are you hungry yet? We know we are! By now, you should have most of your questions answered about cooking pasta. We’ve covered the different methods for boiling pasta, as well as what temperature to use and for how long. At this point, all that’s left is to pick out your favorite recipe and get cooking. Oh, and don’t forget: if you have any more questions or comments about the process, feel free to reach out.