This is what the holes in pasta ladles are meant for

Remember when you had pasta every night in college? Eventually, you probably graduated to pasta in marinara sauce, but cooking pasta is definitely a universal skill. It's perhaps the most basic dish you can make -- it's cheap, quick and doesn't take much brainpower.

Everyone definitely has a pasta ladle hiding around in a drawer somewhere.

But did you ever think about what the hole in the middle of the spoon is used for? No, it's not for quick straining.

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The hole in the center of the ladle is actually used to measure out a single serving of pasta. It works best with spaghetti and linguine. But, perhaps you can visualize the correct serving amount for any type of noodle.

See what we mean?

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Mind. Blown.

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Fusilli

The Wrong Way: Few-silly

The Right Way: Foo-zeel-ee

The spiral shape really holds onto the Parmesan cheese. 

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Orecchiette

The Wrong Way: Or-reh-shetty

The Right Way: Or-ay-key-et-ay

This ear-shaped pasta is perfect with pesto.

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Tagliatelle

The Wrong Way: Tag-lie-ah-tell

The Right Way: Tah-leah-tell-ah

A flat or cylindrical noodle, typically found drowning in Bolognese sauce.

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Bucatini

The Wrong Way: Buck-a-tiny

The Right Way: Boo-cah-teen-ee

It walks and talks like spaghetti but is hollow—and slightly thicker. 

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Penne

The Wrong Way: Pen-ay

The Right Way: Peh-neh

This ridged pasta really works overtime to absorb the sauce.

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Pappardelle

The Wrong Way: Pepper-del

The Right Way: Pa-par-day-lay

It’s tagliatelle’s slightly bulkier cousin.

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Fettucine

The Wrong Way: Feta-cheen

The Right Way: Fay-tuh-chee-knee

It’s all about the creamy sauce.

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Farfalle

The Wrong Way: Far-fall

The Right Way: Far-fall­-ay

Bow-tie pasta is the cutest.

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Gnocchi

The Wrong Way: Guh-no-chee

The Right Way: Neh-yo-key

Think of it as little pasta pillows. Yum. 

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