Science project

Does Adding Salt to Pasta make it Cook Faster?


  • Pasta (any shape, but keep the shapes in both pots the same)
  • 2 stockpots (both identical)
  • A stove
  • A clock or timer
  • 2 food thermometers
  • Slotted spoon for stirring
  • Water
  • Salt


  1. Fill both pots with enough water, the more the long as it doesn't overflow. About ¾ of the pot is a good measure.
  2. Set both pots on separate ranges.
  3. Add salt to one of the pots, about a teaspoon or two.
  4. Bring both pots to a rolling boil in the same heat setting.
  5. Stick 2 food thermometers in the pots, 1 in each. Watch the temperature rise.
  6. Add equal amounts of pasta in each pot. Give both pots a stir.
  7. Periodically check the pasta in both pots.
  8. See which one softens faster. Record the time.
Disclaimer and Safety Precautions provides the Science Fair Project Ideas for informational purposes only. does not make any guarantee or representation regarding the Science Fair Project Ideas and is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage, directly or indirectly, caused by your use of such information. By accessing the Science Fair Project Ideas, you waive and renounce any claims against that arise thereof. In addition, your access to's website and Science Fair Project Ideas is covered by's Privacy Policy and site Terms of Use, which include limitations on's liability.

Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state's handbook of Science Safety.

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection


New Collection>

0 items