To make an easy recipe for Italian pasta , you must have some ingredients :
Ingredients for 4 persons:
400 gr, of 'pasta made in Italy' , I know the pasta made in others countries is not good to make a truth Italian pasta'; the pasta is made only for: hard grain and water, stop.
This pasta: maccheroni, spaghetti, linguine, sedanini; - no lasagne, that is another kind of pasta, made with eggs - must put in the water after this water is add with salt and boils.
Example: for 4 person 3-4 liters of water; when this water boils, you can add some salt: one 'cup of hand', or a little more understand? After you add the salt, the water so boils and you can add pasta (from 80 to 120 grams for one person depend how You want to eat), after few minutes from 8 to 11, cooking time.
The cooking time of pasta is very important.
In Italy the best cooking time for pasta is considered 'al dente'.
What mean 'al dente'?
I'll prove to explain you: if you look in the packaging of pasta made in Italy you can read how minutes you must remain pasta to boils. Just 8 to 11-12 max depends how much the size of pasta.
Maccheroni, for examples has only 1-2 size and the cooked is 10-12 minutes of boils.
Spaghetti can be to 6-7min. to 10 min.
Is very important you read these instruction: pasta "al dente" is true pasta, the other, in my Country, is for our pets!
After this, you can add 'parmigiano grated'; olio extravergine di oliva; 'passata di pomodoro' and basilico, or all 4 ingrediets ensemble. You can makes pasta in various ways, but when you are able to made the most easy pasta you will able to make all italian pasta .