VIDEO: Learn How to Cook Pasta Without Using a Pot of Boiling Water

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You’ve probably been cooking pasta the same way your entire life — by boiling a large pot of water before tossing the noodles in and waiting patiently for them to cook. But, after seeing this guy cook spaghetti without a big pot of boiling water, you’ll likely never do it the same way again.

After Seeing Pasta Cooked Without Pot of Boiling Water, I'll Never Do it Another Way
Most people cook pasta by first filling a large pot with water. (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/Chowhound/YouTube)

Most people assume that you need to boil a large pot of water in order to cook pasta, but that isn’t true, as a chef demonstrated in a video which will probably change everything you previously thought about making noodles. Harold McGee, author of Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes, set out to change the way we approach everyday cooking tasks. The way most of us cook pasta, for example, is not actually the best approach, despite the fact that it is widely accepted that there is only one way to make this staple food.

Not only does McGee’s method for cooking pasta produce a tasty finished product, but it also speeds up the cooking process, making it ideal for busy professionals and parents trying to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. Granted, pasta is already a quick meal to make, but McGee’s method can shave several precious minutes off the process, and who doesn’t like saving time?

After Seeing Pasta Cooked Without Pot of Boiling Water, I'll Never Do it Another Way
Chef and author Harold McGee starts out with cold water and a frying pan (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/Chowhound/YouTube)

In a video viewed more than twelve million times, McGee explains that “you can save a lot of time, a lot of water, a lot of energy by starting out with cold water and a frying pan,” instead of boiling water in a large pot. Just put the pasta you want to cook in the frying pan, then pour water on top. Turn up the heat and cook your pasta until it reaches the desired tenderness.

“Because the water is cold, the pasta won’t stick to itself at the very beginning,” said McGee. “When it’s done, you have pasta that’s perfectly cooked, and you have a thickened liquid that you can use to make all kinds of sauces.”

After Seeing Pasta Cooked Without Pot of Boiling Water, I'll Never Do it Another Way
The finished pasta (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/Chowhound/YouTube)

Viewers were stunned that they had gone their entire lives without knowing that you could cook pasta this way, and many of them rushed to try McGee’s method for themselves. “I’m a college student, and all I have is a frying pan, so this helps a lot!” commented one viewer.

“I cooked my spaghetti this way tonight. It worked really well. It saved a lot of time. It tasted the same. I plan to cook it this way next time,” wrote another.

Folks from all walks of life will surely be keen on trying this ingenious method of making pasta. Whether you’re a busy parent, trying to fit in dinner between sports practices and homework, or a college student in need of quick and easy-to-fix meals, this could save you some much-needed time in the kitchen.

If this helps you get dinner on the table, don’t forget to tell others about it. We could all use time-saving tips, especially in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for a big spaghetti dinner now, and luckily, I can make that happen in no time.

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