My Grandma Adele’s Golden Rule for Making LasagnaSkills
She always added one very surprising ingredient.
The Secret to Cooking Pasta Faster? Cold WaterSkills
It’s faster and easier.
The Only Cheese Combination I Ever Use for the Creamiest Mac and CheeseSkills
It's not what everyone else says it is.
Ina Garten’s Ingenious Lasagna Noodle HackSkills
And it cuts down on prep time, too!
This Delicious Pasta Sauce Hack Uses One Special Secret IngredientSkills
It’s easy to look to jarred pasta sauces, but this hack is clever and resourceful.
This Is the One Surprising Ingredient Oprah Adds to Her Butter-Free Pasta to Make It Super CreamySkills
A super-creamy pasta without the cream? Count me in!

Mar 7, 2023
Everything You Should Know About Soba NoodlesSkills
Soba noodles are favored for their texture, taste, and nodogoshi.
Jan 28, 2023
A Guide to 9 Types of Japanese NoodlesSkills
Noodles are not only food, but also an essential part of Japanese culture.
Jan 20, 2023
A Guide to 12 Types of Chinese NoodlesSkills
Chinese noodles have become an integral part of Chinese regional cuisines, and they have evolved over the years.
Jan 14, 2023
Is There a Difference Between Pizza Sauce and Pasta Sauce? (Hell Yes!)Skills
Please don't try to substitute one for the other.
Dec 6, 2022
What Is Hominy and How Is It Used?Skills
A versatile ingredient, its unique flavors and consistency is great in soups, salads, and more.
Dec 6, 2022
Ounces to Cups: A Guide to Estimating Pasta YieldSkills
Dry pasta is sold by weight, but that measurement doesn’t tell you how much cooked pasta you’ll actually end up with. Here’s a handy guide to estimating how much dry pasta you’ll need to make one serving of cooked pasta. All of these estimates are based on a 2-ounce serving of dry pasta. For long pasta shapes, the measurement is based on the circumference of the dry pasta bundle; short shapes can be measured in a measuring cup.
Dec 1, 2022
What One Serving Of Different Shapes of Uncooked Pasta Looks LikeSkills
Shoot for this, and you're already on your way to eating more healthfully.
Sep 21, 2022
A Visual Guide to 35 Popular Pasta ShapesSkills
Plus the best sauce to pair with each.
Sep 17, 2022
What Is 00 Flour — Pizza and Pasta FlourSkills
Obviously, pizza.
Sep 17, 2022
Why It’s Worth Getting to Know Gluten-Free, Low-Calorie Shirataki NoodlesSkills
Traditional shirataki noodles are pretty much the perfect food for those who may have food allergies or are on special diets; they're vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.
Sep 12, 2022
10 Ways to Use Pesto Beyond PastaSkills
A jar of pesto, made from basil or other greens, is a delightful summer treat. While we love it tossed with fresh pasta, of course, we’ve also found that this fresh, garlicky sauce can be a versatile ingredient in all sorts of other dishes! While you may just think of pesto as something to be tossed with pasta (and how good is it like that?), pesto has so much more to offer. From breakfast to appetizers to bread, here are 10 smart ways to eat a lot more pesto this summer.
Sep 7, 2022
How to Freeze Lasagna So You Can Enjoy Its Cheesy Deliciousness AnytimeSkills
Here's the absolute best way to freeze lasagna.
Sep 3, 2022
What’s the Difference? Soba, Udon, and Rice NoodlesSkills
Once upon a time, if you wanted to make a recipe that called for soba, udon, or any other kind of Asian noodle, you had to also find your nearest Asian grocery store. Happily, these noodles have become much easier to find in recent years. Here’s a quick guide to the most common kinds!You generally cook these Asian noodles the same way you cook any other kind of pasta: in a large amount of salted boiling water until the pasta is al dente.
Aug 21, 2022
What Is the Difference Between Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour?Skills
Here's why you should keep both on hand.
Aug 19, 2022
Cooking By Feel: Baked PastasSkills
In this week’s Cure assignment, Cure-takers are planning a menu. All along I’ve been encouraging people to cook by feel a little more and use formal recipes a little less, so I hope these menus involve some cooking by feel. The way this is done is by arming oneself with skills, but you also need ideas. Here’s a great idea for making pasta: bake it. Baked pasta doesn’t need to conjure up memories of school cafeteria baked ziti.
May 12, 2022
Make Great Fresh Pasta at Home: Tips From My Italian Mother-in-LawSkills
We’ve talked a lot about homemade pasta here on The Kitchn, but I had never made homemade pasta noodles myself. Well, that has changed, and now I’m wondering: why did I wait so long? I did have one secret weapon, though: my Italian mother-in-law. To see what I learned from her about homemade pasta, read on! When my husband and I were married, we received a wedding gift certificate to a major cookware shop, and I wanted to use it on something we’d both enjoy.
May 11, 2022
8 Tips for Taking Mac and Cheese to the Next LevelSkills
If you thought mac and cheese couldn't get better, think again.
Mar 24, 2022
The 6 Most Helpful Things I Learned from Kitchn's Cooking SchoolSkills
I'm a culinary school graduate, a food editor, and a cookbook author, and I *still* learned a ton.
Jun 13, 2021
The Internet Can’t Get Enough of This 3-Ingredient Instant Ramen Trick
Recipe Review
It's supposed to make your ramen broth taste like it's been simmering for hours.
Apr 28, 2021
I Tried the Wooden Spoon Trick for Boiling Pasta Water, and Was Surprised by the Results
I Tried It
It's part science, part magic.
Feb 3, 2021
How to Be a Cook Who Is a Pro at Pasta and Noodles
Kitchn Cooking School
There's a whole world of delicious (and approachable!) techniques and ingredients out there.
Oct 8, 2020
3 Reasons to Save *the Whole Pot* of Pasta WaterSkills
Beyond sauce!
Oct 20, 2020
We Tried 5 Methods for Cooking Dried Pasta and the Winner Is Alton’s Go-To
Skills Showdown
The verdict is in. We've been cooking pasta all wrong.
Oct 15, 2020
The Simple Solution to Saving Your Pasta Water Every Single TimeSkills
Quit throwing that magic water down the drain!
Oct 6, 2020
What’s the Difference? Light Rye, Dark Rye, Pumpernickel, and MarbledSkills
As bread bakers, the differences between these four breads has been a real source of confusion for us. They often seem to be used interchangeably in restaurants, bakeries, and even some cookbooks. It’s quite distressing to expect one kind of bread and wind up with something completely different, we think! So is there a difference?We would argue that, yes, there is definitely a difference. Or at least there should be!
Oct 7, 2020
5 Steps to the Perfect Bowl of PastaSkills
How boring is it that I learned the secret to making perfect pasta in Italy? Yes, fresh made pasta is amazing, and no, that’s not the technique I’m about to share with you. (Now that you know I’m not going to talk about fresh made pasta, are you a) disappointed, b) disgusted, or c) totally excited, because pasta should be easy?) My friend’s Italian husband Peldi taught me the five steps to a perfect bowl of pasta: Use the biggest pot you have.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Taught My Teenager to Make Pasta into a MealSkills
My kids love pasta. When they found out I was writing this series, one of the things they wanted to know was how to make pasta into a meal. Pasta is a great one-pot meal, and the possibilities for it are endless. My lucky, lucky children learned how to boil pasta from an Italian, in Italy. We spent a few weeks there one summer. We stayed with a friend, and ate everything in sight. If the kids loved pasta before, they were connoisseurs after.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Use Pasta to Fight Pickiness in My KidsSkills
How often do you introduce new foods to your kids? If I’m being completely honest, my family falls into these deep seasonal ruts with dinner vegetables and it looks a lot like us eating broccoli once a week from January through April. Then when the markets overflows with radishes, spring greens, and asparagus, I want to go wild with new (or forgotten) vegetables. It can be frustrating to see tiny noses turn up at vegetables they loved last year but haven’t seen in months.
Sep 30, 2020
The Art of Serving Pasta for Dinner, According to MomsSkills
As a parent, I love pasta more than I ever thought possible. I keep plenty in the pantry and it solves many dinner (and lunch, and occasionally breakfast) dilemmas. Got a picky eater? Pasta. Trying to introduce a new food? Pasta. Just need a dinner that everyone will love so the dinner table is quiet? Pasta! There is a subtle art to making a pasta dinner that is tasty enough to satisfy grown-ups without alienating tiny diners.
Sep 30, 2020
Alton Brown’s Weird Trick for Cooking Pasta Actually WorksSkills
A recent Reddit thread unearthed a pasta-cooking hack courtesy of Alton Brown — and it’s going to turn your life around.
Aug 5, 2020
Upgrade Boxed Mac and Cheese with AvocadoSkills
This combination is asking you to take two of life’s greatest pleasures — macaroni and cheese and avocados — and bring them together in cheesy, creamy harmony. When you’re running low on ideas for a fast and truly enjoyable dinner, this quick mac and cheese hack is the one to turn to. Avocado adds an extra dose of creaminess to your mac and cheese without actually throwing in any more cheese or milk — although that is always an option.
Jul 17, 2020
This Simple Trick Is the Secret to Foolproof Cacio e PepeSkills
Making such a basic pasta seems like it should be easy, but there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Feb 22, 2020
This $2 Ingredient Makes the Creamiest Pasta SauceSkills
See you later butter and cream.
Jan 11, 2020
Do Good Kosher for Passover Noodles Exist?Skills
Q: Has anyone found good Kosher for Passover noodles? Years ago Manischewitz had great egg noodles, but now I can’t find anything that doesn’t taste awful. I even tried making some from scratch, which was a total disaster. Sent by try2cope The Gefilteria’s Jeffrey Yoskowitz: I think we need a quick intervention. Why do you want noodles for Passover?
Dec 17, 2019
5 Pastas That Instantly Fancy Up Weeknight DinnerSkills
Try these! You may find a new go-to noodle.
Oct 17, 2019
Try This No-Boil Method for Prepping Ready-to-Eat Pasta Days AheadSkills
Make pasta more delicious — and have it ready when you are — without boiling.
Sep 18, 2019
5 Easy Ways to Mess Up Instant Pot Pasta (and How to Avoid Them)
Mistakes to Avoid
Did your pasta turn into a giant sticky ball? We can help.
Sep 6, 2019
Your Guide to Picking the Best Noodles for Any Type of SoupSkills
In all their many forms, noodle soups are comforting and seriously delicious. But sometimes they can also prove a little confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the best type of noodle to add to your soup. Pasta or egg noodles? Soba or rice noodles? Wonder no more! Here’s your guide to picking the best noodles for any type of soup. While similar to traditional pasta, these noodles contain a higher egg-to-wheat ratio. There are two varieties of egg noodle.
Jul 24, 2019
Good Question: Who Invented Penne alla Vodka?Skills
Dear Kitcheners,Paula Franzese (a lecturer with a company that gets future lawyers ready to sit for the bar exam), claimed in a lecture that her father invented Penne alla Vodka while working as a chef in an NYC restaurant in the 1970s. Could this be true? Does anyone know who invented the dish? When? Where?thanks, Sarah (photo: accompanies a Penne alla Vodka recipe at Williams-Sonoma.
Jun 6, 2019
Cooking Tip: How to Cook Dried Udon NoodlesSkills
Fresh udon noodles are thick, chewy, and delicious. Frozen udon noodles are very nearly as good. But dried udon noodles cooked like spaghetti in boiling water are notoriously sub-par. If dried is all you have access to, don’t give up hope! We recently learned of a different kind of cooking technique that might help!In How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman describes a way of cooking dried udon that we’d never heard of before.
Jun 4, 2019
Perfectly Cooked Beans: Leave the Cover On or Off?Skills
We picked up this tip in a blurb at the end of a recipe in one our favorite cookbooks, A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider:If you simmer beans in an uncovered pot, they will end up firmer and more intact. This perfect for dishes where you really want the beans to keep their shape without smooshing, like salads and pasta dishes.
Jun 4, 2019
What’s the Difference? Gnocchi di Patate, Gnocchi alla Romana, and Gnocchi ParisienneSkills
When we think of gnocchi, our mind jumps straight to those soft little potato dumplings served in a lot of Italian cooking. But did you know there are actually several different kinds of gnocchi, each one very different from the next?There are three main kinds of gnocchi that we see called for in recipes and on restaurant menus:Gnocchi di Patate – This type of gnocchi is featured in a lot of Northern Italian cuisine and is probably what most of us actually know as gnocchi.
Jun 4, 2019
Simple, Cheap, and Vegan, Too? Poor Man’s ParmesanSkills
We wish we’d discovered this one back during Vegan Week! The Italians might call this topping “poor man’s parmesan,” but toasting bread crumbs in olive oil until they’re golden and crispy sounds pretty rich to us. Who knows? We might ditch the parmesan altogether.We’re not sure that poor man’s parmesan was ever intended to actually simulate cheese or convince your taste buds that it actually is cheese.
Jun 4, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Udon and Soba Noodles?Skills
I’ve been to a lot of Japanese restaurants where the noodle soups have an option of udon or soba noodles. While they’re both Japanese noodles and are sometimes used interchangeably, there are quite a few differences between the two. Here’s what you need to know! Udon noodles are made by kneading wheat flour, salt, and water. These white noodles are sold dried, fresh or frozen. Dried udon noodles can vary in thickness and can be quite dense.
May 30, 2019
A Guide to Vietnamese NoodlesSkills
If you’ve been to Vietnam or even just the noodle aisle of your neighborhood Asian market, you might have been overwhelmed by the sheer variety of noodles available. Which ones are good for a stir-fry? Which should you buy fresh, and which are better dried? What even is the difference between all of those white, gray, translucent, and yellow noodles?
May 30, 2019
5 Ways to Eat More Rice NoodlesSkills
Fresh or dried, slurped or twirled, rice noodles are a great way to fill out a meal. They add texture and fun, no simmering required. What’s not to love? Here are five ways to eat more rice noodles this summer. Make a stop into your local Asian or Vietnamese market, and head for the refrigerated section first. If you’re lucky, you’ll find packages of fresh white rice noodles labelled bánh phở or bún, often translated to English as rice vermicelli.
May 30, 2019
My Favorite Way to Work More Veggies into Pasta NightSkills
Here's my go-to method.
May 27, 2019
Katie Lee’s Smart Tip for Making Pasta Salad in a HurrySkills
“Resting time” in recipes is the bane of my existence. I’m a big fan of instant gratification, and I’m constantly forgetting to leave time for things like letting the meat rest or waiting for the cake to be completely cool before attempting to frost it. My puddings are always full of little fingerprints because I’m constantly poking them to see if they’re set yet, even though the recipe says they’ll need another three hours.
May 24, 2019
The Biggest Mistake Americans Make When Cooking Pasta, According to Giovanni RanaSkills
You’ve been making pasta for yourself since college or maybe even high school or earlier, right? You probably have a million (or at least a dozen) pasta dishes in your repertoire that you can make without even thinking about it. What if you’ve been making one big mistake this whole time, though?
May 24, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris Has a Hilariously Weird Tip for Making PastaSkills
If you’ve never made homemade pasta before, you might assume that it’s a lot of work and just opt for the boxed stuff instead. At least, that is, before you find out that all it takes is two ingredients (flour and eggs), a little elbow grease, and a sense of humor. Allow me to explain.
May 24, 2019
An Ingenious Pasta Tip from the New Pasta World ChampionSkills
Watching cooking competitions on television like Chopped is one thing, but actually being in a real kitchen stadium and seeing, smelling, and even tasting what the chefs are making? File that under amazing. I just attended the Barilla Pasta World Championship in Milan, Italy, and saw 18 chefs from around the world compete in the ultimate carb-cooking contest. The championship is the Olympics in pasta cooking, complete with lots of patriotic flag waving and a gold trophy for the winner.
May 24, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About High-Protein PastaSkills
Plus, three grocery-store brands that actually taste good.
May 24, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pasta SaladSkills
Pasta salad, when assembled correctly, is sublime. A great pasta salad is the star of any backyard barbecue or picnic potluck. All too often, though, it is subject to mediocrity, thanks to too much mayo, squishy pasta, and not enough salt. Don’t make these common mistakes! Let this be the year you master the perfect pasta salad. The wrong pasta type or size can make pasta salad soggy, slimy, or just plain hard to eat.
May 16, 2019
Dry Pasta vs. Fresh Pasta: What’s the Difference?Skills
In these days of “fresh is better,” wouldn’t it seem like fresh pasta would be preferable to dried pasta? After all, fresh pasta is often locally-made and uses, well, fresh ingredients, while dried pasta is shipped over long distances and has been sitting on shelves for an unknown period of time.But not so–like red and white wine, like soft and hard cheeses, like the West Coast and the East Coast, neither kind of pasta is superior to the other.
May 3, 2019
What Should We Make With This Blue Cornmeal?Skills
A friend just got back from a trip to Arizona and brought us a pound of this blue cornmeal. We love its gritty texture and earthy smell, and we can’t wait to cook with it!The package comes with a tortilla recipe, but we’re wondering what other possibilities are out there. Any ideas?Tamales were our first thought, though we’re not sure if the cornmeal is ground fine enough. We might try running a cup through our food processor to see if we can get a finer grind.
May 3, 2019
What’s the Difference? Blue Corn Meal vs. HarinillaSkills
Thanks for all the excellent blue cornmeal recipe suggestions, everyone! We think we’ll save it for something fun for the Fourth of July–stay tuned…As we were reading over the tortilla recipe on our bag of cornmeal, we noticed that the recipe called the flour “harinilla.”At first, we assumed that this was a Spanish term for blue cornmeal, but when we were looking up recipes, we learned that there’s actually a significant difference!
May 3, 2019
Look! Pipette-Shaped PastaSkills
We certainly do love our pasta around here and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to jazz up our humble dishes. This pipette-shaped pasta recently appeared on our grocery store shelves, and we’ve quickly decided it’s our top choice for the coming cold season dishes!Their shape is somewhat similar to macaroni, but the tube is wider and actually dips down in the middle like the pipe it’s named after.
May 3, 2019
Word of Mouth: Al DenteSkills
Al Dente; adjective, Italian: Literally, “to the tooth.” In practice, this means cooked just enough to still be firm, where the center still remains a bit under-cooked and the pasta still offers resistance when chewed.In medieval times, pasta was cooked for an hour or more until it was soft, mushy, and offered no resistance. This was typical of all cooking at the time (ie, cooking food to death!
May 3, 2019