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10 Genius Ways To Cook Pasta That Actually Work (And Taste Amazing)

Use your noodle.

Raise your hand if you love pasta.

So do I. And whenever I go out to dinner, I usually splurge on a ~fancy~ pasta dish. But when I cook it at home, I tend to play it safe and stick to something basic like spaghetti in marinara sauce.

So I decided to experiment a bit with my favorite food. I found a bunch of pasta cooking hacks that sounded either too far out there or too good to be true, and I tested them at home.

Hack #1: Make better-for-you gnocchi using just two ingredients.

Hack #2: Cook pasta directly in red wine for flavorful ~drunken noodles~.

Hack #3: Instead of water, boil pasta in cream-based sauce for an easy, one-pot meal.

Hack #4: Make a lazy carbonara by cracking eggs over pasta on the stove.

Hack #5: Use cauliflower to make a lighter but equally delicious version of Alfredo sauce.

Hack #6: Cook pasta in a shallow pan so you don't have to boil a big pot of water.

Hack #7: For a no-fuss dump dinner, you can bake raw pasta in the oven — directly in its sauce.

Hack #8: If you don't have access to a stove, make pasta in a rice cooker for one-touch noodles.

Hack #9: Bake leftover spaghetti in muffin cups for a kid-friendly, freezable snack.

Hack #10: Make mac 'n' cheese in the microwave in a single mug.