How do you get angel hair pasta not to stink together?

September 4, 2010

After cooking my pasta, the noodles always get in one giant clump… what can I do so that my angel hair pasta noodles are all separate…???

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L. E. R.

Cook as directed according to the package. Add some salt to the water once it starts boiling and add the pasta, but never oil. Once you drain, use some of the water you cooked the pasta in and put a little on the pasta. I’d start with a tablespoon, if that’s not enough add a TBSP at a time of water until it doesn’t stick.

Hope that helps.




i like to coat the pasta with just a tiny bit of olive oil after I drain it


Anne M

Stir consistently while it cooks in the boiling water. Angel hair only needs to cook for about 3-5 minutes. If you leave it longer (especially without stirring) it will clump.



Use more water. You should use at least 4 quarts for 1/2 pound of pasta, the water should be at a rolling boil, then after the pasta has been added and the water has returned to a boil, stir it gently then stir again about 3 minutes later.


S. M

Unfortunately, you cant. Angel hair cannot be cooked al-dente. It is so small (diameter) that it always comesout like mush. Try thin spaghetti instaed.


bill g

I cook the pasta w/ extra virgin olive oil in with the water (about a tablespoon full ) then add some to the pasta afterword.



add butter or margirene


here to help12

Well, DONT OVER COOK IT that will make it stick together about 6-9mins is enough……and wen u drain it out every few mins move it around in the container …good luck



You mean stick i know, but but 1/4 cup of some olive oil in the water that you boil the pasta & that will do it



while you’re cooking the pasta, put a tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil… after you dump out the water, straining your noodles through a collander, spray it with cold water for a minute or so, until it cools and it won’t stick…


chipster <3

more water.


Jennifer M

Be sure your water is really boiling good. Before you add your noodles, add a little olive oil to the water. This works great for me!



I put in a drizzle of olive oil while I’m boiling the water (which should always be done for any pasta so it comes out nice and not sticky), and a pinch of salt for taste so it doesn’t taste like cardboard.
As for cooking it al dente, as soon as you see the pasta bending (as opposed to it’s stick-straight uncooked shape), leave it for another minute and then strain it. It might not be perfectly al dente, because let’s face it, it IS angel hair, but at least it won’t be mushy!



stinking is hard.
add alittle olive oil



put a little butter or margarine in the boiling pot of water before you put your noodles in and then after its cooked it won’t stick together, the butter keeps it from sticking together


mad cat

you put oil in the water and salt bring to a boil drop in whole pasta let it cook into the pot of water



Start with enough water – three or four gallons. Bring to a boil, then add salt for flavor. Bring back to a boil, add pasta a little at a time, return to a boil. Cook the number of minutes suggested on package, then taste. If pasta is cooked, drain immediately and completely. Toss back into pot or a warmed bowl. Add some butter or olive oil and toss lightly. Add the sauce and toss some more. Pass more sauce at the table for extra topping.
Bon appetite!


Mrs Bindy Loo

you may also want to try draining pasta & cooling immediately with cold running water to stop the cooking process, then once the pasta is cooled add a little olive oil & toss gently.


Classy Granny

While cooking stir constantly, once drained, rinse with hot water and toss with a little olive oil.



Don’t overcook it and be sure to drain it and then stir in some butter or olive oil.


kate m

when you cook it put a little bit of oil in the water also add the pasta to the sauce not the sauce to the pasta that way it doesn’t have time for the pasta to cool and clump together


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