Servings: 2.5; 1/2 box pasta; 3 qt water; 1 tsp salt. Servings: 5; full box pasta; 4 qt water; 2 tsp salt. 9 min aldente; 10 min firm; 11 min tender. 1. Bring water to a boil. Add salt to taste. 2. Add pasta to boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cook for 9 to 11 minutes. 3. Drain well and serve as desired. Maintaining Perfect Pasta: To keep cooked pasta fresh for later use, toss with a small amount of olive oil and refrigerate.