So, it turns out we’ve been eating pasta wrong our whole lives – who knew?
Almost everyone in Britain loves pasta.
In fact, we eat an impressive average of 90g per person per week.
Whether your favourite is spaghetti bolognese, carbonara, or lasagne – we’re obsessed with the stuff.
But, it turns out that Brits have been committing an Italian crime against pasta every time we feast on it.
Apparently, covering your pasta dish with cheese is a major faux-pas.
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The experts over at Napolina claimed to Tyla that adding cheese to your meal would be seen as offensive to the chef were you in Italy.
It’s a little like adding extra salt (or ketchup, grr) to your dish in the UK.
However, it seems that most British diners are guilty of eating this staple dish incorrectly.
In a study of 2,000 people, data showed that over 60% of UK eaters are unaware of how to properly prepare and eat pasta.
It’s not just adding copious amounts of parmesan that we’re getting wrong.
Adding a side of garlic bread is also a no-no.
As is putting a slug of oil into your pasta water – despite 62% of us admitting to doing it.
No, it really doesn’t stop your pasta from sticking together.
The oil just sits on the water (because they don’t mix!) and then slops on top of the pasta when you drain it.
The study, which was conducted by Napolina, also found out that over a quarter of us add cream to a carbonara (please, don’t).
A traditional carbonara contains egg yolk, Pecorino Romano, Guanciale – not bacon, and pepper.
That’s it, but it seems that 67% of Brits had no idea that carbonara requires you to add a raw egg towards the end.
Come on, people.
We’re not done yet as 40% of Brits overcook their pasta and two fifths cut up their spaghetti before eating it.
Tell me, people who cut spaghetti – how do you twirl?!
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In case you care to change your cheeky British ways, here are the most common faux-pas you’re likely committing:
- Enjoying garlic bread alongside pasta
- Consuming bread before starting a meal
- Covering an Italian dish with cheese
- Never eating pasta 'al dente'
- Not using passata to make a pasta sauce
- Cutting spaghetti before eating it so it is shorter
- Adding cream to Carbonara
- Putting oil in pasta water
Now that we’ve got that out of the way we can concentrate on other things.
Like the fact that pizza should be dipped in oil, not garlic sauce, and should never be topped with more than three ingredients.
I’ll let myself out…
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