Cooking Tips

Please Stop Draining Your Ravioli in a Colander

Keep your goodness-filled pasta intact with this simple equipment swap.

Published Mar. 1, 2023.

What’s the very best thing about ooey-gooey filled pasta like ravioli? Of course, it’s that satisfying moment when you bite into a tenderly al dente morsel and enjoy the explosion of cheesy (or meaty, or creamy) sauce from within.

That moment is sacrificed, however, if your delicate pasta is dumped into a colander, forced to jolt around and inevitably split open.

Ravioli? Broken. Cheesy sauce? Gone. Now the very best thing about ooey-gooey filled pasta is mostly in the bottom of your kitchen sink.

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We can help you avoid that with one very simple switch.

Instead of relying on the relatively rough process of draining your pasta with a colander, simply use a slotted spoon or spider skimmer to remove your ravioli from the cooking water and transfer directly to the plate or sauce-filled skillet.

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There’s an added benefit to this hack, too: If you’ve ever absentmindedly sent your hugely valuable starchy cooking water down the sink before thinking to set some aside, you now have the whole pot still sitting on your stove, waiting to be used.

So what are you waiting for? Pull out that slotted spoon and share the joys of delicious filled pasta with the ones you love—not with the garbage disposal.

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