5 Ways You’re Cooking Pasta Wrong


– 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. When they put the pasta in the pot It reminded me of that scene in Ratatouille when linguini is blindfolded and tries to put the pasta in the bowl but fails :click the like button if you know what I’m talking about ❤️

  3. I don't understand how people can eat spaghetti when it's just sauce and noodles. Like no. There needs to be stuff in the sauce! We make our's with hamburger, mushrooms, and seasonings. Wayyy better than just tomato sauce. Lol.

  4. I’m sorry but how are these teens/adults so incapable????? The only guy I liked was the one in plaid he’s the only one who knew what he was doing lol. The girl in the burgundy sweater oh my god.. 🤔🤣 I feel so bad for people who can’t cook. One of the number one things to learn in life is to COOK

  5. So one thing I was told my whole life about cooking pasta is not to break up the noodles. I only saw one person do this. I am unsure if this is wrong or not but just thought I would share, just in case.

  6. 1 SPAGHETTI NOT NOODLES
    2 A POOR GRANDMA DIES EVERY TIME YOU TRY TO COOK
    3 I was watching the video while I was eating my pasta and I was stearing at the video like whaaaat??

  7. As a mom, this hurts to watch lol. Always salt the water, no oil and save the pasta water for the sauce. Oh and put the pasta in when the water is boiling, not before.

  8. My poor italian heart watching this!🤣 It was fun though and now they will know how to make a basic plate of spaghetti so..is all good!

  9. I can’t believe the one thing that was the most wrong wasn’t addressed at all. You don’t put the pasta in until the water is at a rapid boil 😂

  10. They should do that 'Keeping up with a Chef' thing where they're back to back following only instructions of the chef's voice!

  11. Adding a little bit of oil prevents it from boiling over the pot. It has nothing to do with pasta sticking together.

  12. You guys missed the best part of spaghetti. The hamburger meat…and mushrooms…and green peppers…and cheese.

  13. Putting salt in water might raise the boinling point put it also raises the ability of water to keep heat. even if the water now boils at 102°C (instead of 100°C), it's faster than boiling water to a 100°C without salt in it.

  14. surprised that only two of them put the pasta before the water boiled… As an Italian I'm proud of that 😀

    I didn't really understand why Eric put them before it boils the second time 🤔

  15. WHY THE HELL THEY PUTTED OIL ON THE WATER PASTAAAAAAA! Guys you have to put it (or butter) at the end cuz if u don’t they’re gonna stick all together, TRUST ME I’M ITALIAN and please STOP ADDING EXTRA OIL CLAMING THAT WILL HELP!!!!
    🙂

  16. As Italian is weird to notice how some normal gestures or things we do almost everyday like prepare some Pasta are almost unknown to other people! Nice move React Channel teaching some Pasta Cooking lessons in the video 😁💪

  17. i would put glue on a hard noodle and stick it to the wall to see which one is actually more realistic. and that when a noodle sticks it doesn’t mean anything about the noodle itself

  18. 😬😬😬😬😬😯 oh jezzz I worry for my peeps who were seriously critiquing them selves 😅 but Gordon Sensei and Neoploian Dynamite had me rolling 😆

  19. 7:37 Him talking like that makes me think he's got a girlfriend and he's thinking long-term relationship xD I have no idea if he has a gf though

  20. Boil your water and then put your pasta on….NEVER boil them at the same time from the beginning, that’s just painful 😭😭😭🍝🍝

  21. Damn the bolognese sauce looks dreadful. Never use pre-made ones, always do it yourself.
    Use some chopped up mushrooms and minced meat (if you eat meat), season it with Salt, Pepper, Oregano and Thyme. Maybe put in some leek and nutmeg if you're feeling fancy.

  22. 1:48 please tell me Eric is referring to Boyle teaching Holt to cook in Brooklyn Nine Nine because that would make my day if he was lol

  23. But there was no meatball. Also can’t be myth busters when Ethan was the one doing that video. Also fun group of people and glad you had Troy in this one

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