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Using the boiling water from an electric kettle

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Say I want to cook some pasta that requires me to bring water to a boil and then boil the pasta for a certain amount of time.  Boiling on my electric stove top takes a while, so I thought about getting an electric kettle to expedite that process.  While the water is boiling in the kettle, should I be heating up the sauce pan I'm going to use to cook the pasta, or should I wait until the water gets into the saucepan and then turn on the electric stove top to keep the water boiling?
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Hello and welcome to ChefTalk.

Water takes as much time as it needs to boil, whether you use an electric kettle or simply a pot of water on the stove.

Patience. don't need a full pot of water to cook pasta.

All you need it just enough to cover by an inch or so.

Always bring the water to a boil first and add enough salt to the water so it is as salty as sea water.
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My Mother uses this method and I can tell you from having witnessed it, it saves a heck of a lot of time. The electric kettle boils water in a minute flat! Depending on how much pasta you need to cook you may need a couple of batches of kettle boiled water. I personally wouldn't feel the need to heat up the pot but you can, why not?

I disagree with Chefross about the amount of water it takes to boil pasta. More water is better. Crowding a pot of water with pasta makes the noodles extremely starchy and prone to sticking together.
The newest information coming out about cooking pasta debunks your theory.

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