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and to get a good boil going, keep the lid on the pot while the water is warming up...it helps to get the water boiling faster...works like a dream ...cold water on it after it is drained is a great idea too.
Here are the keys to un-sticky pasta:Make sure you use a pot with lots of room and put a lot of water in it. I salt, rather than put oil in, the water. I'm not sure if it makes it less sticky, but I think it does.The MOST important thing is to make sure the water is BOILING HARD. You want it to keep boiling when you dump the pasta in. If it sits in the not-boiling water the water gets really starchy and the pasta gets really sticky.That's all I know.
You can use a few drops of olive oil in the boiling pasta water, and stir gently during boiling a couple of times. But I find that I like a "sticky" quality to my pasta, so don't usually add the oil. More "sticky", more "goody" (sauce) can stick to it! Try stirring, but gently, gently, and infrequently. Hope this helps. Yea, cute pic, reminds me of my cats on catnip!