Despite the most attentive cooking, sometimes pasta becomes stuck to the bottom of the pot during cooking. Perhaps it happens while you are boiling the pasta or after the pasta is finished and you are adding other ingredients to finish the recipe. Whatever the situation, getting rid of pasta that is stuck to the bottom of the pot is a simple process of soaking and then scrubbing.
Place the cooking pot in the sink and fill it with 2 to 3 inches of hot water. Add a squirt of dishwashing detergent to the hot water and swirl to create suds in the water. Allow the pot to soak for approximately 20 minutes.
Empty the water from the pan and use the wooden spoon to scrape off larger pieces of the pasta remaining on the bottom of the pot. Rinse the pot in warm water to wash the pasta away.
Add another inch of warm water and another squirt of dishwashing detergent. Use the mesh scrubbing pad to scrub the remaining pasta. Work until all pieces of stuck pasta are gone and the bottom of the pot is clean.
Wash the pot in the standard fashion with additional dishwashing detergent and a dishcloth. Rinse the pot in clear water and dry the pot with a dishtowel to finish.
If your steel or aluminum pan is not shiny, use a powdered cleaner such as Boraxo or Bar Keepers Friend to renew the luster.