It turns out, there's a correct way to cook pasta – and the majority of us are doing it wrong.
Pasta is regularly branded as a quick and easy food to cook but that's because most people are not cooking it the way it's actually supposed to be done.
Business Insider spoke to three chefs for the inside scoop on common mistakes made in the kitchen, with pasta topping their list.
We all cook pasta the same way, using boiling water and a collander.
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After draining, we discard the water – but this is where our error lies.
According to chefs, you're supposed to reserve some of the water you boil your pasta in.
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Robert Irvine, of Robert Irvine's Public House at Tropicana Las Vegas, told Business Insider you shouldn't cook the pasta completely, add it to your sauce of choice and then discard the pasta water.
Instead, pasta should be cooked very al dente and then added to the sauce while it's still very firm.
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He said: "Reserve one cup of the pasta water and add to the pasta with the sauce to continue to cook the pasta, and to also keep the sauce at the right consistency.
"This allows the pasta to bond with the sauce with much better flavour."