This cut of pasta needs no introduction. Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning "thin string" or "twine". Spaghetti comes in various lengths but the one defining characteristic is its thin cylindrical shape. It's safe to say, spaghetti goes with everything. Directions: Cook in boiling, lightly salted water for 3 to 5 minutes for Al Dente.