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Here's Alton Brown's Trick For Cooking Pasta Perfectly

Works every time.

Food-wise: Is there anything better than a perfect heaping bowl of pasta?

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(NOOOPE. There is not.)

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But according to TV host, author, and all-around ~expert eater~ Alton Brown, there's a way to prepare the stuff that's better than the rest.

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His trick for perfect pasta? Skipping the typical huge pot of boiling water.

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And swapping in (just enough!) cold water instead.

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We caught up with Alton recently and he explained his go-to method.

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"I now very much prefer the texture of pasta when it’s cooked in a little bit of cold water," he told BuzzFeed Food. "Add your pasta to a pot, then pour in just enough cold water to cover the noodles."

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When the water boils, turn the heat down from medium high to a simmer. Then cook — stirring occasionally — for about 4 1/2 minutes, or until the texture is to your liking.

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According to Alton, this works for any type of dry pasta. You just want to make sure to use a large enough pot with longer strands (like spaghetti or linguine) so the water can cover the noodles.

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And, even better? This method gets the pasta from pot to plate quicker — because there's no more waiting for the huge pot of water to boil upfront.

Win-win.

For more on Alton, find our full Q&A with him here.

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