The most popular form of pasta is spaghetti in one form or another. It is one of the easiest of dishes to prepare. Add a few drops of oil to the kettle of boiling water to keep the strands from sticking together or onto the bottom of the kettle. Do not overcook the spaghetti, but cook it just to the al dente stage, the point at which the pasta becomes tender yet remains a little resilient to the bite.
Everything connected with the cooking and serving of spaghetti must be piping hot. It must be cooked in vigorously boiling water, drained immediately, poured onto an oven-hot platter, and served with a steaming sauce on plates hot enough to scorch the fingers.