Tips & Techniques

A Tip for Salting Pasta Water

April 17, 2014

On Tuesday, we kicked off our third video series with Panna, a subscription cooking app and website dedicated to sharing recipes from master chefs in HD video -- and we previewed our third issue, in which Amanda made fiveandspice's "Greek" Lamb with Orzo

Today, we're sharing more bonus footage: Amanda tells us why all great pasta begins with properly seasoned water.

Interested to see the whole stew recipe come together? Watch the full-length video on Panna's website, and check out Amanda's other tip video on crushing tomatoes by hand.

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Julie Myers

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alliejones April 18, 2014
Really, we needed a video for that?
ATG117 April 17, 2014
What am I doing wrong? I salt the water heavily and still feel like my pasta never tastes seasoned!!
peewee April 17, 2014
It's sad that this has become the language of today's younger generation, especially females. I wish it would change:

You need to flaaavorrrrr… the pasta…?
If you don’t salt your water? It’s going to be bland…? You’ve spent all of your time, making, like, this delicious, sauce…? And it goes on this bland pasta…? And it’s just like…, they’re like…, they don’t get along…
cucina D. April 17, 2014
This is a wonderful video and I love that you are teaching to salt the water until it tastes like the sea... I ahve so many memories both here in the U.S. and in Italy of the women in my famiglia showing all the young girls the trick to salting the pasta water. They would say whichever girl salted the water best, would get first pick of the handsomest man to make their husband :)