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Viral cooking hack shows entirely new way to cook pasta

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If, like us, you spent your university years living off pasta, then you’ll be a pro at rustling up simple pasta based dishes like spaghetti bolognese or a quick carbonara. Even on a hangover, it wasn’t the most testing task.

It’s common knowledge that pasta should be added to boiling water, in a pan, boiled until it’s soft, and then drained. But now a video, which has recently gone viral, shows an alternative way to make it – by cooking it in a frying pan, in cold water.


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Harold McGee, author of Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes, shows us the pasta hack in this eye-opening video:

The video, which has had over 11 million views, gives you a step-by-step guide on how to alternatively cook your pasta. 

If you feel like giving it a go – follow the steps below, for pasta ready in just 10 minutes.

Step 1: Add your desired amount of pasta into a frying pan, before you boil the water

Step 2: Then add in cold water (apparently this stops your pasta sticking together)

Step 3: Make sure the water covers your pasta by an inch or so

Step 4: Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Now go spread the word – surely this is one to impress your flatmates or boyfriend with.

Words: Sarah Finley 

Images: Rex Features

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