How To Make Pasta Like Giada De Laurentiis

Hint: It's all about the cheese

It's not every day you get to sit down with Giada De Laurentiis and chat about her preferred type of meatball (small and soft, of course). So we used this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grill the queen of pasta on all things Italian food.

The first thing we wanted to know is how we could step up our pasta game. Without skipping a beat, she let us in on her secret to making the perfect bowl of pasta each and every time at home.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, toss the noodles with freshly grated Parmesan before adding any sauce.

This method allows the cheese to stick to the pasta as it melts, helping the sauce then stick to the noodles as well. It's a foolproof way of getting a saucy bowl of pasta with well-coated noods.

Don't feel like cooking? Giada also shared her favorite spot in NYC for Italian food: PizzArte in Midtown Manhattan. "It's where all the real Italians go," she explained.

See you there, Giada.