Prepare: Bring 6 quarts of water to a rapid boil, add a pinch of salt. Gradually add 1 package of pasta to boiling water. Stir gently and return to a rapid boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 12-14 minutes or until desired degree of tenderness is reached. Drain and season to taste. Pair: This pasta shape is perfect for holding thick sauces. Create an authentic Italian dinner by topping the pasta with puttanesca sauce and serving a dessert of gelato.