You've been cooking spaghetti all wrong – here's how to cook the perfect amount every time
29th November 2021

THERE are two types of people in this world – those who take the time to weigh out every portion of pasta and the rule-breakers who chuck a random amount in the saucepan and hope for the best.

It'll probably come as no surprise that we personally fall in the latter group – and to be honest, we've made out peace with the fact that we probably cook our pasta all "wrong".

But it turns out, there's a MUCH more effective way of measuring out your pasta – and it doesn't require any scales at all.

Earlier this year, the team at Cleverly put together a YouTube video outlining the "9 everyday things you've been doing all wrong".

As well as pointing out that the hole in saucepan handle doubles up as a spoon holder, the video highlighted why most spaghetti serving utensils have a hole in the middle.

Zooming in on the pasta serving spoon, the experts claimed that that the hole is actually there to help you measure out the perfect single serving. Mind = blown.


Putting the method into practice, the team then filmed themselves threading the dry spaghetti through the hole in the spoon and dropping them into a saucepan of boiling water.

Once it was cooked, they were left with the ideal amount for one person – which is typically about 80g.

In other words, you'll never accidentally make four giant bowls of spaghetti for one again… trust us, it happens more often than we'd care to admit.

What's more, TikTok user Dani Khalil, who uses the handle @daniiirara, previoiusly revealed the "right" way to use a colander when cooking pasta.

"I was today years old when I realised I should cook pasta IN the colander to save my back. Am I the only one?" she said.

"Pasta is life… now I feel a bit silly."

Dani then went on to show herself putting her colander in a pot before pouring in her pasta of choice.

"My Italian ancestors would be soooo disappointed I'm sure," she wrote in a comment.

Many people couldn't believe that they hadn't thought of the idea themselves.

"Ohhh my god why di I not put two and two together," one person said.

"I never knew but wowww," said another.

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