Why do you add salt and oil when cooking pasta?

Answer Salt prevents the pasta from foaming over. If you don't believe this, add salt when the pasta starts to foam - you'll see the foam get knocked down quickly. Olive oil tenderizes the pasta.

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I'm cooking pasta for the first time, and I think it's almost done. But I just realized that I have a problem?

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