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.
Everything You Should Know About Soba NoodlesSkills
Soba noodles are favored for their texture, taste, and nodogoshi.
A Guide to 9 Types of Japanese NoodlesSkills
Noodles are not only food, but also an essential part of Japanese culture.
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
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
A Visual Guide to 35 Popular Pasta ShapesSkills
Plus the best sauce to pair with each.
Sep 17, 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
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 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
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.
Jan 29, 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 21, 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 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
What Is 00 Flour — Pizza and Pasta FlourSkills
Obviously, pizza.
Sep 8, 2020
What Is the Difference Between Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour?Skills
Here's why you should keep both on hand.
Jul 20, 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
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.
Jan 14, 2020
This $2 Ingredient Makes the Creamiest Pasta SauceSkills
See you later butter and cream.
Jan 11, 2020
5 Pastas That Instantly Fancy Up Weeknight DinnerSkills
Try these! You may find a new go-to noodle.
Oct 18, 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 19, 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 8, 2019
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.
Jul 1, 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.Beans simmered in a pot with the lid on but slightly ajar (which is how we normally do it) will end up much creamier, though more delicate and likely to break apart.
Jun 4, 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
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
Quick Tip: Cooking the Best Pasta for Cold SaladSkills
You’ve heard us say it again and again: always cook pasta in a large amount of well-salted boiling water until al dente. But when it comes to pasta salads that will be served cold or room temperature, we’ve actually started taking a slightly different approach.For pasta destined for a picnic salad, we like to do two things:1. Cook it in even more heavily salted water.2. Cook it just a little beyond al dente.
May 2, 2019
Kidding Around: In Praise of Silly-Shaped PastaSkills
As kids, a bowl of mac and cheese just seemed to taste better if the pasta was in the shape of our favorite cartoon character. As adults…well…we still love pasta that comes in silly shapes! What about you?Besides the fun shapes, we actually really like the texture of pasta like this. Because all the little corners and joints take a bit longer to cook, the outside parts get really soft. Every bite is a little squishy and a little chewy!
May 2, 2019
Kitchen Mysteries: Why Stir Pasta as It Cooks?Skills
Some of us probably learned the hard way that it’s a good idea to stir pasta once or twice after dropping it in the boiling water – a congealed hockey puck of half-cooked pasta is not generally what we intended for dinner! But have you ever wondered why this happens? Or why it’s a good idea to stir pasta?The way we see it, stirring pasta is a good idea for two reasons. First of all, dried pasta has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the pan right after you add it.
May 2, 2019
Grain Mills: A Good Investment?Skills
We never even considered milling our own grain until we started doing a lot more multi-grain baking and cooking. Those quinoa and spelt flours get expensive! It sure would be nice to buy the whole-grains or nuts for these flours in bulk and grind them ourselves at home. Do any of you do this?We’ve been using our food processor to do some very basic milling. Pour in the nut or grain, give it a few good pulses, and manage to get a fairly decent flour.
May 2, 2019
Forgot to Salt the Pasta Water? Take a Tip from Chez PimSkills
If you ever need a reminder why salting the pasta water is key to good pasta, just wait until you forget to do it.I know because this is exactly what happened to me the other night. I took one bite of that pasta and thought my tastebuds had gone berserk. Talk about bland, boring, and tasteless noodles. Bleck.But other than eating a mistake like this and moving on, what can you do? Pim of Chez Pim has a very clever idea.
May 2, 2019
Waste Not! 4 (More) Ways to Use Up Leftover PastaSkills
Seeing as how I constantly seem to have little containers of leftover pasta living in my fridge, I’m also constantly on the lookout for new ways to use them up. Frittatas and fritters are recurring favorites; here are four new additions to the list.1. Pasta Bakes – Whether I have a cup or a pound of pasta, cooked noodles are a great way of rounding out a pantry-clearing casserole.2.
May 2, 2019
Homemade Pasta: 5 Ways To Add Color and FlavorSkills
Having mastered basic homemade pasta dough, we’ve started experimenting with various add-ins, from roasted vegetable purées to herbs and spices. Often times, these noodles are so pretty and flavorful that they hardly require a sauce. (On a weeknight, we’ll just toss them with olive oil and maybe a little cheese.) Flavored pastas also make fantastic gifts. Here are a few ideas…Unless otherwise noted, these ingredients may be added along with the eggs.
May 2, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About High-Protein PastaSkills
Plus, three grocery-store brands that actually taste good.
Feb 4, 2019
This Is How to Plate Pasta Perfectly Every TimeSkills
When you order pasta at a fancy restaurant, chances are it’ll come to you plated perfectly — swirled in a little mountain of noodles, basically tailor-made for Instagram. But how do restaurants do this? Long pasta can be tricky to work with without sauce splashing all over the rim or errant noodles escaping. Turns out there’s an easy way to avoid all of that if you follow a simple (and smart!) method.
Nov 12, 2018
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.
Oct 27, 2018
5 Things You Need for Wildly Better LasagnaSkills
We know: You already make pretty good lasagna. But what if you could make it wildly better? We’re talking the difference here between lasagna and ah-mazing lasagna. Now you’re listening? We’ve come up with a list of five things you need in order to make this happen. Some items on the list are little gadgets that’ll make a big difference, while others are straight-up tips. Try some of these out and let us know how it goes.
Oct 3, 2018
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.
Sep 14, 2018
MIT Researchers End Age-Old Theory About SpaghettiSkills
I’m about to have a whole mess of fragmented spaghetti noodles for lunch, and the reason why is super dorky. No, not dorky — educational. When the Kitchn staff got wind that researchers at MIT were testing the long-held scientific theory that it is impossible to break a spaghetti noodle neatly into two halves, our hubris got the best of us. Of course it’s possible to break spaghetti into two pieces — just watch us! And we did.
Aug 23, 2018
The Most Surprising Thing I Always Get at HomeGoodsSkills
I first started haunting HomeGoods for the cookware. After nabbing a Staub cast iron grill pan for half price, I was hooked. I’d start planning my routes around town to pass by the store so that I had an excuse to run in and check the current selection. Eventually, I also discovered the other departments, particularly the food section, and now the discount housewares store is actually one of my favorite grocery shops.
Aug 15, 2018
Fork vs. Spoon: What’s the Right Way to Eat Mac & Cheese?Skills
We all know the best place for macaroni and cheese is in one’s mouth, but how we get it there is a matter of some debate. Do you use a fork or a spoon? The nation appears to be divided. There are YouTube videos and Reddit threads devoted to the “right” way to eat macaroni and cheese, and now cult-favorite brand Annie’s has conducted a nationwide survey to figure out what utensil people prefer to use when eating one of the most delicious dishes on the planet.
Jul 17, 2018
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.
Jun 18, 2018
Tips for Mastering Weeknight Pasta from 10 Pro Home CooksSkills
These are the game-changers that will give pasta night the boost you didn't know it needed.
May 22, 2018
My Favorite Way to Work More Veggies into Pasta NightSkills
Here's my go-to method.
May 18, 2018
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.
May 17, 2018
3 Pro Tips for Cooking Pasta Dishes in the Slow CookerSkills
When you cook up perfectly tender, creamy macaroni and cheese in the slow cooker, it can feel you’ve won the dinner Olympics. You’ve got a dinner everyone will love while the slow cooker did all the work. Pasta in the slow cooker has a few pitfalls, though — it can either be undercooked or overcooked, depending on just a few subtle changes. These three tips will protect you from sad slow cooker pasta and make you a champion of dinner once again.
May 16, 2018
My Strategy for Cooking Pasta for One to Two PeopleSkills
Pasta is often thought of as an easy dinner for four or more people. But it’s a little annoying for just one or two, since most recipes make a large amount and it’s a bit of pain to pull out just enough spaghetti for one person from the box. “Make the whole recipe and have leftovers!” the crowd says. Well as much as my husband and I love pasta, we don’t actually want to eat what’s left of it for the whole rest of the week.
May 14, 2018
The One Thing That Will Make Your Pasta Infinitely BetterSkills
For as long as I’ve cooked pasta, I’ve cooked it just like everyone else — bring a pot of water to a boil, dump in noodles, cook until al dente, drain, and toss in the sauce of choosing. Things were going along swimmingly (I was eating great pasta at home) until I learned I could be eating even better pasta.
May 11, 2018
5 Key Tips for Making Weeknight Pasta Without Opening a Jar of SauceSkills
Pasta is the fall-back dinner I keep in my meal plan. Beyond the obvious selling points of being quick, simple, and inexpensive, it’s one more way to get more veggies on the table and clean out the fridge. But I don’t just open a jar of sauce and call it a night. With a few basic guiding steps and smart tips, I know I can transform an assortment of bits and bobs into a simple and delicious restaurant-style weeknight pasta — no jar of pasta sauce in sight.
May 11, 2018
Is There a Difference Between Pizza Sauce and Pasta Sauce? (Hell Yes!)Skills
Please don't try to substitute one for the other.
May 8, 2018
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 8, 2018
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.
May 4, 2018
7 Things I Always Do When Making Boxed PastaSkills
Pasta seems like an easy thing to cook — boil, drain, sauce, done — but like any other simple food, making boxed pasta can be complex. We hear the same pasta strictures on repeat: Salt the water (it should taste like the sea), don’t break the spaghetti, don’t simply ladle on the sauce. You get the idea. Here’s a roadmap for navigating the pitfalls of pasta. In the end, great pasta is both simple and complex — and getting there is pretty easy.
May 1, 2018
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.
Mar 30, 2018
The One Weird Place I Use HummusSkills
I am constantly looking for ways to use up the extra-large batches of hummus I make or the tubs I buy on sale at the grocery store. Sure, I can confidently polish off a fair share with pita chips or crackers as a mid-afternoon snack, but there’s always some left over that needs using. When our Associate Food Editor, Meghan, clued me into her favorite (but most surprising!) way to use hummus, I didn’t believe her until I tried it. Now I am a convert.
Jan 15, 2018
Martha Stewart’s Mac and Cheese Is the Most Expensive, Most Delicious Recipe You Can MakeSkills
Making Martha Stewart’s mac and cheese instead of the mac and cheese I grew up eating at Thanksgiving isn’t something I’d do if I was home for the holidays. My brothers would sulk, my mom would be forlorn about it, and I’m not quite sure my dad would notice. But for my first Friendsgiving, there was only one recipe that would do if I wanted to make a mark. I had to bring Martha Stewart’s mac and cheese.
Nov 20, 2017
The 5 Most Important Things for Amazing Mac and CheeseSkills
Of all the comfort foods that exist in this world, it’s hard to beat macaroni and cheese. What’s not to love about noodles bathed in a rich, creamy, cheese sauce? And yet gummy versions or dry, chalky versions are out there, and I firmly believe life is too short to endure them. There are a handful of secrets to avoid these travesties, leaving you to enjoy all the decadent goodness you so desire. Here are five things to always remember when you make mac and cheese.
Nov 2, 2017
7 Ways to Make Creamy Pasta Without CreamSkills
It’s hard to beat the level of comfort provided by a pasta dish that’s coated in a heavy cream sauce, like fettuccine Alfredo or penne alla vodka. That kind of dish is really more of a once-in-a-while meal for some, or not an option for others depending on their dietary choices, but that doesn’t mean creamy pasta dishes can’t be on the weekly roster.
Oct 17, 2017