After reading some comments, it seems people put the pasta in with the ends sticking out and then push it in as the pasta softens. Is that how it works? Never thought of pushing in after softening, but it makes sense. I apologize to all Italians for having broken up my spaghetti for so many years — I hear it's one of the worst things one can do to spaghetti — I will change my ways.
Sent by MonicaEditor: Monica, this reminds us of this question from another reader:
Readers, do you have tips for Monica? How and when do you coax your pasta into the water? Do you do it bit by bit, or do you wait until halfway through the cooking time, and push it all in at once?
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