To Cook Great Pasta, It’s Not Really About the Recipes

September 23, 2016

If someone tells you they’ve got a great pasta recipe, ignore them. Making a great bowl of pasta isn’t about directions or measurements. It’s about feel. I should know. I’ve had to learn this lesson again and again over the past 25 years. I used to buy pasta cookbooks, turn to the recipes with the pretty photos, and try to cook them. The problem was, I never really learned how to make those dishes. I was just following instructions. And if you follow a recipe to a T, you stop trusting yourself—you only trust the recipe.

But then something happened: