Avoid a pasta mishap by following these helpful cooking tips, then try some of our favorite easy recipes. During cooking, pasta can expand in volume up to three times its original size. Season the pasta water —After filling your pot with water, season generously with salt. Reserve a cup of your pasta cooking water right before draining it. Now, put our tips to the test with these easy pasta recipes that use spaghetti, penne, bowtie and more:Not Your Nonna’s Spaghetti CarbonaraEasy Baked Penne with Ricotta and BasilPerfect Cacio e PepeBLT Pasta SaladQuick Italian Spinach and Pasta SoupFor more tips and ideas, check out our Guide to Pasta.