Why did the noodles stick to the bottom of the pot when I made the Penne Puttanesca recipe?
I’ve noticed the noodle problem when I:
1) load the pot and let it stand for too long before cooking (non-pasta recipes can be put together in the morning and left in the fridge until dinner time, but pasta will glump together if left in water that long),
2) forget to spray the inside of the pot with oil before putting in the pasta and water,
3) need to add more olive oil to the water and stir with the noodles a little more thoroughly, or
4) leave the pot in the oven for too long after the aroma comes wafting from the oven.
Or, your oven could be running too high. I purchased an oven thermometer at a local cooking store for about $5 to check my oven temp.
The amount of water I call for in the recipe is a tried-and-true amount and I live in a very dry climate, but if it doesn’t work for you, try adding 2 additional tablespoons of water to the recipe.