I can't believe I'm 37 years old and I still have this stupid problem when cooking one of the most basic things...pasta! No matter what I do, the noodles stick together after they cool down in the refrigerator. They stick together so bad that I've actually broken thick utensils trying to scoop them out! I usually have to resort to just grabbing them with my hands and then what happens is the very top ones I grab break off, leaving the rest in a huge clump! One time I put olive oil over them before putting them in the fridge, and the noodles were all crusty and snapped in half when I tried to get them out! I've tried rinsing them, I've tried not rinsing them, I've tried olive oil, I've tried just putting them in there as is. I've tried using no salt, I've tried using a lot of salt. I've tried leaving the pasta on the stove in room temperature, I've tried putting it in the fridge right away, no matter what I do they stick together so bad I can hardly scoop them out. This goes for spaghetti especially but also macaroni noodles, shells, no matter what shape they are, this happens. No matter what kind of pasta it is, it happens, wheat, white flour, rice noodles, egg noodles, etc. What does everyone else do? I have tried a lot of suggestions already but I'm getting desperate because nothing works!