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Dried pasta should be so easy to cook and yet, somehow, that delicious al dente texture the Italian restaurants so effortlessly perfect often seems to elude even the biggest pasta fans.
Leave the pan boiling for 30 seconds two long or too little, and it seems you either end up with overcooked mush or a bowl of something crunchy and inedible for dinner.
To help out home cooks, pasta brand Barilla and agency Publicis have created a solution by way of a collaboration with Spotify, which will see the brand release playlists designed to last for precisely as long as you should cook your pasta.
The activity, titled “Playlist Timer,” is a series of eight playlists timed to correspond with the perfect cooking time for shapes including spaghetti, linguine, fusilli and penne.