Made from semolina, water, and sometimes eggs, this popular pasta gets its name for the Italian word for "strings," which is what this long, thin, round noodle resembles. Famously served with meatballs and marinara sauce, it also goes well with olive-oil based sauces.
1 pound = 7 to 8 cups cooked
Other long pasta strands, such as linguine, can substitute.
Most spaghetti is sold dried in boxes; try different brands to see which you like best.
Boil in well salted water until just tender. Stir early in cooking to keep the strands from sticking together.
Dried spaghetti will keep indefinitely in a cool, dry place.