What’s The Point Of Putting Oil In My Pasta Water?

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There is no point. Oil and water don’t mix, remember?  
 
Some people — including certain Italian grandmothers — add oil to their pasta water because of the received wisdom that it will prevent pasta from sticking. In fact, if you add oil to your pasta water, it will merely float to the top of the pot. Worse, it may give your pasta a slick surface, preventing sauce from being properly absorbed, which is the trick to a good marriage of pasta and sauce. 
 
If you want to prevent pasta from sticking, stir it. The only thing you need to add to pasta water is a good dose of salt to season it. Properly seasoning your pasta — while it cooks — may result in less salt consumption overall, since you won’t need to compensate by adding extra salt at the table. 

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