We interviewed ‘Top Chef’ alum Fabio Viviani while he cooked us a meal from his web series “Dinner is Served.” He told us the biggest mistake people make when cooking pasta. Following is a transcript of the video.
FABIO VIVIANI: Don’t waste good olive oil for the pasta not to stick. I think the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard about making pasta is people who waste olive oil in the water, so the pasta doesn’t stick. That’s a lie, it’s wasteful, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Because you should be there stirring your pasta, which doesn’t make it stick anyway, if you stir it. Now, if you throw a pound of pasta in the water and then you go play soccer or take a shower, the pasta might stick to the bottom. That’s natural. But don’t waste good olive oil for the pasta not to stick. Just stir your pasta, you lazy people out there.
JETHRO NEDEDOG: OK, no olive oil, but what about salt?
VIVIANI: Salt, salt’s fine. You can salt pasta, salt pasta is good, as long as you don’t have a too spicy sauce or a too salty sauce. For example, if you have a four-cheese sauce naturally there’s a lot of salt in it. So, you don’t want to over-salt your pasta. So salt is necessary.
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