4. Cooking pasta in a tiny pot
Nothing ruins a plate of pasta like finding your noodles all clumped together or soggy. Often times, the culprit behind this cooking mistake is a pot that’s too small for the amount of pasta you’re making. The reason? When you add a large amount of uncooked pasta to a tiny pot of water, the temperature of the water drops significantly. The clumps form as the water temperature slowly creeps up to boiling again. Always follow package directions not only for cooking time, but also for the amount of water—the level of which should be well over the pasta even once it’s cooked.