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That Hole in Your Pasta Spoon's Not Useless — It's to Measure Your Dry Spaghetti

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We've all taken the pasta shortcut before: you know, those times when we're starving and willing to eat anything, only to end up wildly dumping half a box of noodles into boiling water without thinking of the consequences.

Sure, leftovers can be great, but what do you do when you've accidentally made a mountain of spaghetti? Not wanting to be wasteful, the leftover pasta will be thrown into an airtight container and tossed toward the back of the fridge with the hope of being used later in the week. But does that ever really happen? If you're tired of tipping old pasta into the trash can, we have some good news: You already have a tool for measuring the perfect serving of pasta — and it's hiding in your kitchen right now.

How to Measure Pasta Servings

Thanks to Twitter user @chrisdeanmedia, we've been enlightened. Apparently, the pasta serving spoon (you know, the one with the hole) measures dry spaghetti, too!

Those fancy pronged spoons do more than remove your spaghetti from boiling hot water! That hole in the middle not only allows water to drain, it also measures out single-sized portions of pasta. Just slide the pasta in the hole when the spaghetti is dry, and you won't have to make plans for that leftover pasta — or face yet another batch going bad in the back of the fridge.

Spaghetti Measuring Spoon

Don't have a spaghetti measuring spoon on hand? Hop online. There are more than a few pasta serving/measuring spoons available on Amazon. You can find really fancy (and kind of weird-looking) spoons like the Happy Sales Spaghetti Mate Pasta Measuring Server Spoon ($7, Amazon) or simple, ordinary measuring spoons like the Calphalon Nylon Pasta Fork Utensil ($7, Amazon).

Whichever spoon you choose, we're sure it'll measure out the perfect amount every time.

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