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Tips, Tricks, And Tools For Better Pasta

It's hard to get most pasta dishes wrong, but we've got everything you need to make them better than ever. Read up on our best pasta tricks, tips, and tools, then make sure to head over to our Instagram @seriouseats to check out our Starch Madness tournament! #StarchMadness2021

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    What you should know

    How Salty Should Pasta Water Be?

    How Salty Should Pasta Water Be?

    How much salt should you add to a pasta pot? It depends. But never make it "as salty as the sea." I am often asked about how much salt should be added to a pot of water for boiling pasta, and I usually just tell people to estimate it. But when someone recently asked me that question, I wondered if …

    Does Adding Pasta Water Really Make a Difference?

    Does Adding Pasta Water Really Make a Difference?

    There's pasta. And then there's sauce. Put them together and you have dinner. Simple as that, right? Not exactly. How to Finish Pasta the Right Way The thing is, pasta-the-dish isn't just about the pasta-the-starch, and it's not just about the sauce, either: It's about the marriage of the two. And, …

    The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

    The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

    Serious Eats Watch More Videos "I'll have a glass of the grappa, please," I said to the bartender at the Italian restaurant down the street from my house. "You are the first person I have ever seen order that," she exclaimed in response. I asked her how long she'd been working there, figuring it might …

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    Essential Tools & Ingredients

    The Perfect Pan for Pasta

    The Perfect Pan for Pasta

    This Winco Aluminum Stir Fry Pan is a pasta-making game-changer. We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. Straight to the Point The Winco Aluminum Stir Fry Pan is our …

    The Best Tools For Making, Cooking, and Serving Pasta

    The Best Tools For Making, Cooking, and Serving Pasta

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    Serious Eats - Ariel Kanter

    A comprehensive list of our favorite pasta-making equipment. We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. We're a bit fanatical about pasta. (If you haven’t yet noticed from the …

    Essential Pantry Staples for Better Pasta

    Essential Pantry Staples for Better Pasta

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    The ingredients we always have on hand to bring flavor, texture, and body to our favorite pasta dishes. We eat a lot of pasta at Serious Eats. In good times and in bad; when we're feeling bummed or we're celebrating; when the sun is shining or when it's pouring out; winter, summer, fall, and spring; …

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    Check Out Our Starch Madness Tournament!

    Starch Madness Is Back and Better Than Ever

    Starch Madness Is Back and Better Than Ever

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    Serious Eats - Sasha Marx

    64 pasta sauces. 1 champion. You decide. The Big Al Dente is back. It's March. The weather is getting warmer, pollen and hope are in the air, and Starch Madness is back. It's been a decades long year since cavatappi were crowned champions, shocking the world as the winners of our inaugural …

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