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How To Perfect Your Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

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It can seem a bit intimidating, but if you learn the proper technique, you can make better spaghetti carbonara easily. And then you can have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I mean, I would have it for all the meals of the day, including brunch and also as a snack (somehow). Don’t challenge me, I will find a way to do that, no problem. My boundless love for eggs, bacon, and cheese have been thoroughly explored in other articles here, so I won’t talk too much about that. But what’s not to like about spaghetti carbonara? The process of making it, really, because it sounds a little bit scary sometimes.

But just because something might intimidate you, it doesn’t mean that you should give up on trying to make something you love. And making better spaghetti carbonara is worthy of your time and attention. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips and tricks for you. Let’s go through them, one by one.

6 tips and tricks to make better spaghetti carbonara

1. Use eggs at room temperature

Make sure you remove the eggs from the fridge half an hour before you get to cooking. Cold eggs will make your sauce form clumps and that’s not what this dish is all about.

2. Whisk the eggs to perfection

You want to make sure that the yolks and the egg whites are mixed to perfection, so don’t go lazy when you whisk those eggs! If they’re completely incorporated, then the sauce will end up being more silky and smooth. And that is the result you’re after. No white streaks!

Make Better Spaghetti Carbonara - A Few Tips and Tricks

3. Boiling the pasta

When you cook the spaghetti, make sure you use a large pan that can fit all of the pasta from the get-go. If you have that. Cover it with about 4 inches of cold water, don’t forget the salt and then add the pan to high heat!

4. Cook the bacon

Chop up the bacon and cook it in a skillet until it’s close to crisp perfection. But just close, because bacon, being made out of so much grease, tends to still cook even after you’ve removed it from heat and you don’t want it to be charred.

5. Add the cheese to the eggs

Grate the cheese and then add it to the perfectly whisked eggs. This is straightforward enough.

6. Be careful when adding the sauce

The heat from the spaghetti pan or saucepan can really make your eggy sauce more like scrambled eggs and that’s not what you’re looking for. So once the spaghetti is cooked al dente, instead of pouring the sauce over the spaghetti, you should do the exact opposite. Turn off the heat and use tongs to move the spaghetti over the sauce. This will gently cook them and make everything a creamy dream.

After you do that, you can add the bacon and you’re done! Bon appetit!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Breaking Spaghetti In Two: Mathematicians Teach You How

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Maybe it’s never crossed your mind. Maybe you’ve always cooked spaghetti the way that most specialists recommend it: plop the bunch as is in the boiling pot. But maybe you need another technique in your life, because you have a small pot, or you like your spaghetti shorter. Who knows what kind of a freak you are?

So, who solved it? Who sorted out the mystery of breaking spaghetti in half? It was two MIT mathematicians who cracked the case. The key to do this is to add a little twist in the spaghetti when you bend them. And they actually published their findings as an honest to goodness scientific paper. If you’re into math and also pastacheck it out here, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Breaking spaghetti in half: how to do it

The mathematicians were actually students at MIT in 2015, and they were looking for a final project. Ronald Heisser and Edgar Gridello wanted to figure out a way to achieve a clean break in the spaghetti, and not make a mess out of the process. And it’s been a valid scientifical question in years.

They found that twisting the spaghetti and bringing the end together can help you break the spaghetti in half. The catch? You need to do a pretty strong twisting motion. The twist has to happen at a 270-degree angle to work fine.

This isn’t the first time scientists tried to hack the challenge of breaking spaghetti. American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman once spent a night in his kitchen trying and failing to do the same thing. All of his attempts had the same outcome as the rest of us do: the spaghetti broke in 3-4 pieces, not two of equal length.

If this has given you an uncontrollable craving for spaghetti, you’re not alone, friend. Here are all our recipes on the matter.

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This Guy Created A Knife Out Of Pasta That’s As Sharp As The Real Thing

As much as I love pasta, I also fear it. Fear it in the sense that overeating those delicious noodles will eventually lead to my downfall. Now, it seems, I’ll have another reason to fear the majestic pasta.

YouTube channel kiwami japan demonstrates the art of crafting cutlery by showing viewers two different ways to make a kitchen knife with pasta noodles.

By grinding down spaghetti noodles with a food processor, a powder is created that is turned into a paste. As the paste dries, it’s molded into the shape of a knife and dried for 10 days. Once the pasta is hardened, the meticulous process of sharpening the knife begins.

After what seems like hours against a whetstone, the knife is finally able to slice through produce and cardboard like it was made of steel.

Kids, do NOT try this at home.

Check out the video to see the tedious project. If you decide to try your hand at this craft, and you’re done playing with the knife, you can simply boil it up and serve it with some cheese — as seen at the tail end of this video. Bon appetit and happy slicing.

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Studio Ghibli’s Magical Anime Food Are Brought To Life On This Instagram Account

As all hardcore Hayao Miyazaki fans may know, the soft-spoken, creative genius is a big-time foodie. As evident throughout his popular films such as TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, Miyazaki uses food to portray warmth and closeness between friends and family. His understanding of food as a source of comfort for many people allows the audience to build a connection with the characters. And if that isn’t enough, he always makes all the food look so damn good.

Those magical foods in your favorite Studio Ghibli films are now being brought to life by Instagrammer En93kitchen. Her dedication to recreate the entire experience, including the food and plating, as similar to the movie as possible is incredible, and it’s leaving us drooling.

I don’t know about you, but after these photos, I’m totally ready to cozy up to a Miyazaki film marathon while eating some Ponyo-inspired ramen.

Pancakes & Sausage from Kiki’s Delivery Service

Mentaiko Bento from Totoro

Ham Ramen from Ponyo

Meatball Spaghetti from The Castle of Cagliostro

Eggs & bacon from Howl’s Moving Castle

Pastries from Spirited Away

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These Are 8 of the Saddest Meals We Found On @cookingforbae

When we get into a new relationship, most of us try to impress bae with the life skills we’ve acquired. Some of us might use our skills of being cute AF (is that a skill or a gift?) to woo our partners, while others use decisiveness to impress their significant others (very important).

And then, there are those who want to WOW! our baes with our amazing cooking skills. However, some of us just aren’t as culinarily gifted as others, as represented on the @CookingForBae account. Sure it’s all fun and jokes, until someone gets a stomach ache…

This Dress Is Hand Krafted

I will never look at cheese the same. #struggleslicesunday

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Bae is always looking for a one-of-a-kind #ootn for date night, so why not go the DIY route and get a little Krafty? At least she’s taken and not Single; she’s doing something right. She just needs to make sure to stay in a cool setting, only warm enough to melt the heart of her soulmate (and not her dress).

“I Just Want A Little Of Everything”

In what welfare line was this created??? 🤢🤢🤢 #welfare#foodporn#cookingforbae#breffusforbae#gmfu

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Sometimes, bae can be a little indecisive, but it’s okay — that’s why you have to show bae that you’re into variety. From a side of not so Lucky Charms to a wiener that looks more like a loser,  @amby_latte certainly found a solution for someone with a rather… wide palate. Bae has so many options, how can they be upset?!

Men Are From Mars…

When bae asks you what you want for dinner and you tell him you need space, he takes it to a whole new dimension. @andrewtweeddale clearly hits the essential parts of the food pyramid: greens and sweets. What more could you ask for in a man (besides cutlery maybe…)?

Do You Like Your Cheese Shredded or Chunky?

Just…….why?? #UncalledFor #BaeAlmostHadItRight #StruggleSliceSunday #ChunkyCheese #cookingforbae

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Conceptually, it’s all there — who doesn’t enjoy some cheese with their steak and eggs? The execution of the dish is a solid 2/10, seeing as bae wasn’t quite sure what form of cheese was necessary to make this dish an 11/10. Bae might melt our hearts, but bae needs to melt the cheese too.

Spa-Get These Noodles Out of My Tacos

Happy Cinco De Mayo y’all! Spaghetti tacos on deck. #cookingforbae

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So maybe bae was trying to show you the different blends of cultures or maybe bae was trying to be innovative, but either way, this Mexitalian cuisine might be too, uh… ahead of its time. Sure, you can make pasta stuffed shells, but the recipe probably isn’t calling for taco shells. Bae tried it, but we’re going to have to give it a hard pass #CincoDeMayNO.

“I Know How To Keep My Man”

…keep him on the toilet, yikes. @tees_and_pearls finishes our thoughts on this dish, and there are so many things to discuss about this plate, we don’t know where to begin. The hard boiled eggs, the corn, the cheesy pasta all revolve around a quite vibrant (and disturbing) hue of orange/yellow, making even the unhealthiest of people crave a salad or veggies. GIVE US COLOR!

Cheese Reduction Sauce

You already know what it is. #struggleslicesunday

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Bae went all out with the Kraft reduction sauce and a side of Kobe beef hot dog on this special evening. We’re just wondering if the night ended with a session of Netflix and chill or sweet, sweet cuddles with the porcelain throne.

Caviar Waffles 

Where is Waffle House when you need it. #wafflesandfeet #cookingforbae

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Is it wrong that all we can think about when looking at this is Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Andromedon singing “Pinot Noir”? Vogues to “Caviar, Myanmar, Mid-sized car, You don’t have to be popu-lar, Find out who your true friends are…”

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Spaghetti Spoons Have A Genius Second Use That You’d Never Expect

Spaghetti spoons are one of the most crucial tools you can find in your kitchen. Used to extract and drain off noodles with ease, it makes cooking dinner and fishing out your pasta extremely easy. However, there appears to have been a hidden, second use for spaghetti spoons that we didn’t expect.

A hack originally from food and crafts hack page My Smoko Break revealed that you can actually use the pasta extractor to determine how much pasta should be cooked in the first place. That single hole in the middle can aliquot out perfect portions of noodles per person, making figuring out exactly how much pasta you should cook a breeze.

Since the hack was originally posted, several people have stepped forward with their thoughts on if the hack actually works or not.

In case you’re wondering how much pasta exactly constitutes a portion, check out the below clip from a SORTEDfood video that shows you exactly how much is appropriate for one meal. Of course, eating the whole package all at once is totally fine as well, especially if you’re carbo-loading.

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People Reveal Their Worst Cash-Strapped ‘Struggle Meals’, And They’re Pretty Terrible

If you’ve never been down to your last couple of dollars, and an almost empty fridge, waiting for that next paycheck, so you can eat a proper meal, God bless you. For the rest of us, the term “struggle meal” hits home, as you know the feeling of having to put together a makeshift meal with whatever is in-house, just to get some semblance of nutrition in your system.

On AskReddit, a simple question was posed, “What was your poorest meal?”

As answers poured in, some foods such as, “a single cold hotdog,” and “Cup Noodles” might sound familiar. Perhaps the saddest being, “A nap,” as sleep was apparently the best option for dinner that night. Coming in right behind the nap has to be the person who used the water from boiled hot dogs as a meal.

Check out the answers below, and hope that you never have to enjoy one of these meals again:

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The College Diet

“I used to buy those dried ramen containers where you just add hot water. There was a time during my 20s when I ate instant ramen about five times per week for close to a year.” – TheBeardedGM

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Hot Dog Straight From The Package


“A single cold hot dog (no bun, just dog) and salsa. My dad was dirt poor when I was younger and that’s all he had. Couldn’t even warm up the hot dog because the electricity was shut off” – Schmuckatelli98

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The Responsible Cat Lover


“In my second year of university I was so broke around Christmas time that I bought bread and 2 packs of hotdogs to eat for 2 weeks so that I could afford enough food for my cat.” – sadpanda989

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“A nap.” – JamesIgnatius27

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The Ultimate Struggle Meal


“Wiener water soup. Saved the water from boiling wieners for hot dogs. Heated it up later and added some crackers.” – Redf6

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Milk Toast?


“My husband’s grandma told us once about her favorite depression era food: “milk toast.” Make toast, pour milk on top of it to make it soggy, sprinkle sugar. Like disgusting soggy French toast.”  SarahSparrow16

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Ketchup Spaghetti

“I was flat broke to the point where I literally didn’t have a penny to my name. I had to make it through five more days till my loan installment came in and all I had in the cupboard was pasta and ketchup. So I lived off the most budget pasta bolognese possible for the rest of the week.” – Firkragg

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Old Saltine Soup


“3 year old Saltines and water.” – Phantomtastic

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A Sadwich


“A sadwich made with slightly expired bologna, stale white bread and Taco Bell hot sauce.” – RoboNinjaPirate

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5 Sinful Eats To Chow Down On In Costa Mesa

Culinary entrepreneur and Southern California foodie Thomas Pham has an undeniable influence within the vibrant SoCal food scene.

He holds a heavyweight belt as a well-respected social media influencer, and we have him to thank for bringing an East Coast food icon to sunny California in the form of the popular mediterranean restaurant Halal Guys, which opened in Southern California back in 2015.

With that in mind, we were stoked when Thomas let us tag along with him as he munched his way through some of his favorite spots in Costa Mesa, California.

During our first stop, we anchored ourselves down at West Coast Fish, located within The Camp in Costa Mesa. West Coast Fish is fairly new but already booming with popularity. Thomas ordered one of his favorite dishes: The Bjorn Battered Tacos.


Photo by Christian Bourdeau

The temperature was rising and we needed something to cool off, so naturally, Thomas recommended we stop by Creamistry for some made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Thomas grabbed one of his favorite frozen treats, the Taro Nitro MilkShake, topped with marshmallows and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Next, we drove over to Paderia to watch Thomas tear open one of his favorite pastries, a cheese ensaymada — a soft, Spanish pastry made with sweet bread covered with sugar and filled with with cheese. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

After indulging our sweet tooth, we headed over to Orange County’s East Borough to indulge in an OC favorite: the French Pho Dip. Made with beef brisket, Thai basil, bean sprouts, onions, and Sriracha hoisin aioli on a fresh baguette, this culinary creation is an incredible fusion of East meets West, and should be on your list if you haven’t tried it yet.

Finally, for our last bite, Thomas took the gang over to Capital Noodle Bar to try another East-meets-West creation: Thai Basil Spaghetti. The dish was made with minced pork, bell pepper, egg, fresh chilli, Thai basil, and spaghetti noodles.

Thanks, Thomas. We’re stuffed.


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