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If you're reading this post, most likely you know how to cook pasta. In fact, you probably know three entirely different ways to cook it. Heck, you probably know how to whip up some ravioli -- from scratch. But even the most seasoned of cooks can make the cardinal mistake of under-seasoning their pasta water. We're here to ensure that there's enough salt in every pot.

While you can certainly throw in a a few sizeable pinches of salt and leave it at that, let's dig a little deeper. Do you really, really have to salt your pasta water? Why? When is the right time to add the salt? And what is the optimal salt-to-water ratio?

Check out the slideshow above to learn all about the importance of salting your pasta water.

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This article originally appeared on Food52.com: How to Properly Salt Your Pasta Water.

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Tags: KD 101, Dinner, Lunch, Pasta, Italian

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