5 Ways You’re Cooking Pasta Wrong
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– Come on, glue!
– (FBE) Wow. – Oh-ho-ho-ho!
– I gotta, you know… (laughs) salt bae it up in here.
– Look at that. ♪ (upbeat intro) ♪ – (FBE) So, on a scale from one to 10,
how would you rank your ability to make pasta?
– I’m gonna say 10. Pasta’s an easy one.
I think I’ve made pasta since I was like eight.
– I’ll give it a medium, like six. – If ramen counts,
I would say like a 10. – God. I don’t know
how to cook anything, but pasta might be the one thing
that I can do, ’cause you just boil water and put sticks in it.
– (FBE) I’m sure you know this, but there are a lot of common rules
that people swear by when they’re making pasta.
What are some rules that you have when you’re making pasta?
– Of course, you gotta put oil in the water when it’s boiling,
so that the pasta doesn’t stick and like a little bit of salt as well.
– Salt the water. That’s number one.
You need to salt the water, and, like, a lot.
– I add salt to the water, and then put the pasta in,
make it al dente. – (FBE) Well, today, we are giving you
everything you need to make spaghetti. – Ooh!
– (FBE) First, we’re gonna have you make it your way.
– Okay. – (FBE) And then, I’m gonna run
through some of these rules that are actually pasta cooking myths.
– Myths. Myth busters. (bangs desk) – Well, it sounds delicious,
but I feel like I’m gonna make all the mistakes.
So this will actually be very helpful. – (FBE) Well, let’s go.
Let’s start boiling. – All right.
– Step number one: agua. I’ll put like that much.
I’m nervous. What if I burn this whole joint down? (giggles)
– I’m using my hands. Okay. Start.
(beep) Cool.
– And then maybe we’ll pour some salt in the agua.
Sprinkle it. This is the method
of transportation into the water. You sprinkle.
Don’t pour it directly in. It’s very important.
A TV show told me. – I’m just gonna add
a [bleep] ton of salt. We’re going with three sprinkles.
– Pew! Olive oil’s good with everything.
Throw some of that in there. – I like to add a little bit
of oil right off the bat. And then when it starts boiling,
I add a little bit of salt. – I don’t like that
there’s salt in olive oil, ’cause I don’t usually throw
anything besides water until after. – And then… You guys wanna
talk about the weather? – You’re not supposed to open the lid,
’cause then the steam escapes. I learned that in Girl Scouts.
– This looks like it’s starting to boil a bit.
Ooh, I like this kind of salt. – It’s really important
to have really salty water, so you put a lot in there.
The pasta’s not gonna taste like that, and you usually mix it
with sauces and stuff, so you make up for it
in other spots. – We’re gonna take some spaghetti,
and we’re gonna put it in the water. Just gonna break it up. Ah, pasta’s coming
in good this time of year, boys. – Just grab them babies
with your hands. – One by one. Oh. Oh, yeah.
Look at me. (chuckles) – Put the pasta in there.
We are gonna cover that. – Sometimes, I put ’em in long.
Sometimes, I put ’em in short. It really just depends.
– Sometimes, you can stir it. I don’t really know why,
but I’ve seen people do it in TV shows and it looks right.
– It’s like a child. You just kind of keep checking on it
till you feel like it’s ready. – Oh, yeah. I could be
like salt bae right now. I gotta, like, you know…
(laughs) salt bae it up in here. – I feel like Martha Stewart,
except I’m not high. – Always wanna keep it
moving, you know? Even distribution
of that cooking. Adding oil would be good,
just a splash. Ugh. That was a little bit more
than I wanted. – So, if I put in
this amount of oil… Oh, it changes color. – Is anyone timing this?
– (FBE) Uh, no. So… – Oh.
– (FBE) …just taste when you think it’s ready.
– Oh, no. I’m very by the rules. If it says six to eight minutes,
I do exactly seven minutes. – Woo.
– (FBE) You can turn it down. – Yup, okay.
– Yo, what if I just put– you know what?
It needs more salt. It’s a very pee-like color.
That must mean it’s delicious. – All right. Let’s give it
a final taste test. Mmm! It’s not bad.
You guys want some pasta? – Let’s see.
Absolutely delicious. You can taste the olive oil on it.
Fantastic job, Kim. – I’m satisfied.
– Yeah. They’re limber. – That looks good.
– All right. So, I’m gonna turn it off.
– You gotta get all of the water out. (water pouring) – I got my noodles.
– See, that looks delicious. – Gotta salt bae it up at the end…
with a fork in there. It’s very salty. (coughs)
– (FBE) Now, we’re gonna see if your pasta is done
by throwing it against the wall. – This is a really [bleep] up darts. – Yeet!
– (FBE) Ooh. It’s sticking. – Come on, glue!
– (FBE) Wow. – Oh-ho-ho-ho! – See? It’s fine.
– There’s no chance they stick. It didn’t stick,
but I don’t know, it would taste good. – Some of them got on there.
– I’ve never done that, but cool to see it work.
– (FBE) All right. So, we’re actually going
to clear everything. And now, I’m gonna show you
a video on the things you did wrong today.
– All right. – Did I do something wrong?
What? Crazy. – I’m excited. I’m curious,
’cause I don’t know how the hell else you make pasta.
– (voice-over) Never rinse your pasta after cooking.
This will remove the starches that help your sauce
stick to the pasta. – Duh. That’s why
I don’t rinse my pasta. – I did not know that.
– I didn’t even know that was a thing. After you strain it,
you leave it in the pot. – See, I did it correctly.
I didn’t rinse that. Gordon Ramsay, hire me.
– (voice-over) Saving your pasta water can be handy in thickening up
your sauces later, because the starches in the water
act as an emulsifier. – Okay.
– (voice-over) It may seem a little watered down at first,
but it thickens back up after a little mixing
and cooking together. – I do that. Yeah.
I always do that. You gotta put the pasta water
back into it when you’re cooking. I wasn’t really sure exactly why
people do it, but that’s just what I was taught.
– I knew that. I know my pasta.
– Never thought about that, but it makes sense,
a little thick water, (laughs) a little slimy water.
– That one seems a little iffy to me, ’cause it’s like,
the sauce is already made, but maybe I’m
just really missing out. – (voice-over) Adding salt
to your water for flavor is a totally valid
pasta cooking strategy. However, you wanna add it
after it’s already boiled. Adding it before will just
slow down your cooking time, because salt raises
the boiling point of water. – Wow. Science.
– Okay, the salt makes it taste better.
The salt doesn’t help it boil faster. I just add salt,
’cause it tastes good. – Salting your water
is a pretty big thing that people do when they cook pasta,
but I didn’t know people do it to boil faster.
– It kind of makes me feel a little sad that I’ve been
doing it wrong this whole time. – (voice-over) Don’t add olive oil
to your pasta to stop it from sticking.
Since water and oil separate, it actually doesn’t do anything
but sit on the top of water. – Yeah, that’s not gonna–
it just doesn’t work. – (voice-over) Just stir
your pasta continuously during the cooking process to make sure
it doesn’t stick. – (snaps) Listen to him.
– I felt so targeted. – If you wanna put that on,
put it on after for a flavor. It’s not that hard to not get it
to stick to your pot. Just… that’s what I do
the whole time is just keep stirring it every once in a while,
open it, tch, tch, and you’re good. – I’m questioning my existence
at this point. Oh, no. I disappointed Sensei Ramsay.
– (voice-over) While this trick may be a fun one,
it’s a wasteful way to tell if your pasta’s done.
It also may mean that you’ve overcooked it.
It’s best to just taste your pasta to see if it’s where
you want it to be. – Yeah, that’s what I was saying.
I was like why would I throw it against the wall when I could
just eat it? My wall! – But that would be
a pretty good kid activity. If I have kids, I’m just
gonna let them throw pasta at the blackboard.
– Just put it in your mouth. Just taste it like
a normal adult human. – I would never do that,
because it’s like, “Hold on, Mom, let me just throw this
against the wall real quick.” Like, it just makes no sense.
But I am– he put salt in his water. – (FBE) To flavor it.
– Yeah– oh, okay! So, to flavor it. Oh, okay! Makes sense.
– Oh but I did such a good job with the wall.
Such a good job. Did you see how well it stuck? – (FBE) I did.
– I was gonna take that on the road. – (FBE) Now, we’re going
to have you remake your spaghetti using all of those tips.
– Okay. – (FBE) With actual sauce too.
We’ll give you sauce this time, so you can make spaghetti.
– Oh, really? Okay, perfect. Okay. – We’re gonna start
by putting in the pasta. Then I’ll start it.
– (FBE) Is there water in there? – Yeah, there’s– hold up.
I have a process. – Gonna use my hands again. – Okay, I’m gonna hit High.
I’m gonna hit Start. Oh!
– We’re gonna start by putting in the spaghetti.
– So, we’re not gonna add any oil. – Waiting game.
– ♪ (humming) ♪ – Hi, buddy. You okay? (laughs)
– So, now that the water is boiled, now I add the salt,
switching it up. – Dip it in the water.
Dip it in the water. – Grab this pasta real quick.
– Pasta going in. – You just put that sucker
right in there. – Oh, yeah.
– So, you stir immediately. – Constant stir.
Very important. – Things don’t stick
when you move ’em. – See, look at me.
I am Mr. Stirrer. – And this time,
I’m setting an alarm. Stir, my precious.
– I feel like a TV show, like… We’ve learned a lot today here.
Find out something new every day on Cooking with Kim.
♪ (heartwarming country music) ♪ I just need one those pings. Ping.
(ping) – A little bit more.
I’m turning it off. It’s gonna cook a little bit more
while it’s in there. – Okay, yeah. I think
we’re gonna call it there. – Oh, yeah.
Now we’re noodle-y. – It’s so beautiful.
– Mm-hmm. – Mm. Fantastic.
– We’re just gonna drain this really quickly. – Noodle water. (water pouring) – This is a big workout.
Is that why Gordon Ramsay’s so buff? And Salt Bae? Am I supposed to
(whispers) boil it? – (FBE) You should– you do need
to put the heat on, yes. – I knew that.
(beep) – We’re just gonna
pour this in here. – And pasta, pasta, pasta fasul. – Saucin’. – Okay. – I’m not gonna put that much in,
’cause I’m gonna put some of the water in there. – Gonna add some olive oil
just for fun. – You know what?
I’m gonna put some olive oil in. I think that’s what it needs.
Ooh, just a little. – And then, we’re gonna put
some of the pasta water in. – I don’t wanna add a lot.
Let’s see how this works. – I’m gonna put about
this much in there. (water pouring) – Just a dash, you know?
It’ll fizzle out. It’ll boil out. – Ah, yeah, I put in too much water. – Stir this sucker. It does seem
like it’s getting thinner. – That’s good. Now we’re gonna
add the sauce to this. – I’m gonna call it there.
(beep) And that’s how you make some sauce.
– Pour these noodles back in. – Feel like I gotta stir it, you know?
– Look at her go. Amazing. – Dump it on, all right.
– Onto the plate. There we go. – Look at that. She’s beautiful.
– We’ve got pasta! – It’s really, really thin,
but I’m assuming that if I hadn’t put so much water in it,
it would’ve been fine. Or if I cooked it
a little bit longer. If I kind of let it sit there,
it probably would have been cooler. Spaghetti.
– Dinner is served. – Just a little bit
of olive oil drizzle. (snickers) – (FBE) Oh my god.
– Okay. Noodles feel good. They feel nice and nimble. I’d say this is pretty
damn good pasta to be honest. (laughs) – Ooh. Best pasta I’ve ever had.
– Mm. That’s really good! – It’s not bad.
I’m gonna be honest with you… I’m more impressed with myself
than I should be, probably. – Whoa! I made full-on spaghetti.
See, YouTube’s revolutionary. Those videos showed so much.
– (FBE) Is there anything today that you learned that you might
apply to your future pasta dishes? – Honestly, pouring the water
into my pasta sauce. That’s something I never thought of,
but I definitely saw it thicken up in the pan.
– Oh, I do like adding the water to the sauce.
– I probably will stop salting my water.
– Oh, that oil thing. I guess that’s a myth,
so I’m gonna stop doing that now. – I thank the Academy. Mwah.
– There’s never not a time and place for pasta,
so I enjoyed it. – Thanks for watching
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  2. I thought this was hella cute and informative. Mind you I'm the marinara queen…making the pasta…A++ on you guys for showing people how to boil water. 🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️

  3. Troy is there of course… That guy probably knows a lot of stuff… He wasn't in the semi finals in masterchef junior for nothing…

  4. You also salt your water so it gets absorbed into the pasta since you can't really evenly add salt to the pasta after it's cooked.

  5. adding salt to water raises the boiling temperature. OK, that is basic physics. The temperature changes by 1 degree at most. So not really any reason to do it or not from science point. What it does is make the pasta taste much better. So yes add salt into the water when you cook pasta. Just make sure it is dissolved before you put the pasta in.

  6. …I just saw Eric throwing spaghetti at the wall.
    I can't watch this. IF PASTA STICKS TO THE WALL, IT MEANS IT'S OVERCOOCKED.

  7. This whole video is painful 😥😥😂😂

    But I forgive them to do that to the pasta…
    P.S: I still love them❣

  8. I used butter not oil. It's best to get the water boiling first then add the pasta although I don't. I always taste the pasta to see if done. Water with starch in it I do too to thicken the sauce. I always put the salt in to start.

  9. non avete idea di che razza di brividi e pelle d'oca mi è venuta quando ha spezzato la pasta….
    o quando ha messo tutto l'olio dentro….. whyyyyyyyy

  10. I fill up a pot with water, put evoo, then salt, then BREAK the pasta and put it in and lastly wait for it to boil. In a separate pan goes in meat, with my special spices and yes, jar sauce, Preggo to be exact. After boiling, drain and bring it all together in the pot. All y'all who say other wise would never know the difference.

  11. As an italian watching peeps pouring oil into the water makes me question what kind of italians did we export to you. Thats disgusting. And dont break spaghetti in half ffs

  12. I put oil in my pasta water because it makes the water not boil over, I heard it somewhere and I've used it since and I'm not going to stop

  13. I can’t imagine myself enjoying these pastas , they literally just seasoned it with salt and olive oil .. how can this be tasty ?😭😭😭😭

  14. "Five ways [that] you're cooking pasta wrong."
    #1. That you are cooking and eating pasta at all.
    As you age, you're gonna have to give up the high-carb stuff like potatoes, rice, pasta, …or you're gonna have serious health problems well before you turn age 50. At best, pasta is kiddie food.

  15. Do a video on teaching some of these kids a thing called table manners…SLURPING food is disgusting.
    You can call it You’re Eating Wrong.

  16. OMG please someone tell Mikaela that you don't put pasta in the water until it's boiling!! This stressed me out 😅

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