Apparently, You've Been Straining Pasta Wrong Your Whole Life


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There is nothing more comforting than diving right into a bowl of hot pasta. It doesn't matter what kind of pasta -- elbows in white sauce, linguini in red sauce, or, best of all, doused-in-cheese pasta, which is peak comfort food. Carbs are one of the best things in life, so we feel like it is our moral duty to share with you that you have probably been draining your pasta wrong your entire life, according to a life-changing Instagram post. 

  • So here we have some pasta al dente in a pot that's ready to be strained -- a scene many of us have found ourselves in.

    Now, raise your hand if you put the strainer in the sink and pour the contents of the pot over it as the next leg of your pasta journey.

    Most of us, right? 

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  • Turns out, this is wrong. What we're apparently supposed to be doing is covering the pot with the strainer and letting the water drain out.

    That actually makes a lot of sense. 

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  • Boom! Now you don't have to figure out how to transfer the hot pasta back into the pot while your face is getting hit with a hot geyser of steam.

    If you're in awe, so is just about everyone on the Internet. 

    "35 years of cooking pasta," someone commented on Instagram. "Now I'm pissed."

    "My life is different now," someone else said.

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    Although, as with everything, some people argued that this won't work for a variety of reasons: if there's too much pasta, if the strainer doesn't fit in the pot, or if the hot water makes everything too difficult to hold. 

  • Still, it's worth a shot to try out and see which method is easier for you.

    As if pasta couldn't get any better.

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