6. Myth: Always Rinse Pasta.
Reality: If you’d like your pasta to stick to the sauce, you best not rinse it under water after you strain it. Rinsing it will remove all of the starch — a big no-no for tasty noodles. One exception, however, is if you’re making a cold pasta salad, where a lower starch content is desirable.
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