Food & Drinks

You’ve been cooking pasta wrong your whole life

There's a way that's less wasteful, quicker and easier than before.



There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of pasta for the ultimate comfort food.

And while we thought that the years of living off the stuff in student digs had made us a dab hand at cooking pasta al dente, new information suggests we could be doing a whole lot better.

Call us crazy, but the way we cook pasta is and always has been:

  • Boil a pot of lightly salted water on the stove

  • Add the pasta

  • Cook until the pasta/spaghetti either sticks to the wall or until is al dente

  • Drain

  • Serve with delicious sauce and toppings

But according to Harold McGee, who has written such books as Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes, you should actually be cooking pasta in a frying pan with cold water for the best results.

The American chef says you can save a lot of time, water and energy by using his clever pasta trick.

So how does it work? Follow Harold’s method by:

  • Putting the pasta in the frying pan

  • Add just enough cold water to cover

  • Turn on heat and boil the water for ten mins

  • Remove when al dente

According to Harold, the benefits of this method include that the cold water stops the pasta sticking together initially, and also it leaves you with a thick liquid that you can use for creating sauces and etc.

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