The Pasta Queen Disapproves Of Martha Stewart Throwing Pasta At The Wall

Martha Stewart may be beloved by her legion of fans, but she's caught flack in the past for some of her actions (insider trading and Stewart's time in prison come to mind), words toward other celebrities, and even for her cooking practices in general. Who could forget when she shredded the advice of everyone's favorite Hamptons grandma stand-in Ina Garten because the Barefoot Contessa cheekily joked that people should drink more of her signature gigantic Cosmopolitans in the New Year? "Martha, get a sense of humor," seemed to be the general response to Stewart's reaction, on Reddit and beyond.

Now, one of Stewart's cooking techniques is coming under fire. "The Pasta Queen" Nadia Caterino Munno, a TikTok food celebrity with more than 2.5 million followers, recently made a video reacting to Stewart doing — what else? — cooking pasta. And even though Stewart has an impressive collection of pasta recipes to her name (a search for "pasta" on her website yields more than 1,000 results), The Pasta Queen had strong words for one of Stewart's methods for testing if pasta is finished cooking or not.

Don't throw pasta

Martha Stewart's personality is hard to get a handle on. At times, she seems impossibly refined, and some might even say a bit stuffy (see her comments on Ina Garten's Cosmos). But in other instances, she seems like she has a great sense of humor. Stewart is friends with Snoop Dogg, after all, so she must have some chill tendencies. So in a video where she can be seen throwing spaghetti at a refrigerator to see if it's fully cooked, it's hard to tell if she's being serious or not. However, to The Pasta Queen, it's easy to say this spaghetti test is no laughing matter.

"Do not throw your pasta to stick it," said The Pasta Queen on TikTok. "You know why the pasta actually sticks?" she asked in her video. "It's because it's been overcooked and the starch has literally made the pasta gluey." (Though, according to the senior culinary producer of the "Rachael Ray Show," pasta will stick whether it's overcooked, undercooked, or just plain cooked.) Unfortunately, if you throw your pasta and it sticks, you might still need to start again with a fresh batch to make your noodles perfectly al dente. Sure, your dad may have tested spaghetti by throwing it on the ceiling when you were a kid. But if you're looking to make yourself a dish slightly more refined than "dad's spaghetti," checking if your pasta is sticky enough to cling to your kitchen appliances might not help.