We hear people tell nervous cooks all the time, "Pasta is easy. No one can screw it up." Nervous cooks, we do not mean to make you more nervous, but that is a total lie. Pasta can be finicky if you don't know what to look for. The good news is, no matter how spectacular your pasta fail, someone else, somewhere, has probably done much worse.
Did you overcook your pasta slightly? Did you undercook it? Did you not achieve the precise pasta-to-sauce ratio you were shooting for? We're here to assure you that your pasta is probably just fine, and destined to improve the next time you attempt it. Just in case you don't believe us, we've compiled a list of the most egregious pasta fails we've ever seen. From technical mistakes to -- well -- crimes of concept, we hope these pasta disasters make you feel just a bit better.