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.
Marry it to your sauce.
Spooning sauce onto pasta is fine, but for that restaurant effect where the sauce seems to be sticking to the noodles, there's a better trick. Remember: Pasta absorbs flavor. So cooking your drained pasta in the hot sauce for about 30 seconds will get that sauce to adhere. Add a bit of pasta water for some extra starch (think of it as sauce glue) and moisture.
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