Pasta is one of everybody's favorite foods, because it's so satisfying and because anybody can make it – a pot of water and some sauce, and you've got dinner. But with simple foods, the difference between good and great lies in a few tricks the best cooks keep up their sleeves. With pasta, it's all about how you cook it. Read on for our tips to help you create a next-level meal.
Sure, sprinkle on some freshly grated cheese – but why stop there? Even if your recipe doesn't call for it, try an extra splash of extra-virgin olive oil or a pat of butter for richness, lemon juice to brighten it up, toasted bread crumbs or nuts for crunch, or chopped herbs for aroma and color. As a final flourish, add a tiny green sprig of one of the herbs in your dish.
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