Halsey鈥榮 hit song may claim she鈥檚 鈥淏ad at Love,鈥 but when onstage with superstar chef Giada De Laurentiis at BottleRock鈥檚 Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage in Napa Valley, De Laurentiis made sure the singer was NOT bad at pasta. De Laurentiis dropped sage Italian advice as expertly as Halsey drops a pop beat鈥r a F-bomb. (It鈥檚 a festival in California, so anything goes.) The two were a hotly anticipated chef + celeb pairing for BottleRock鈥檚 high-energy culinary stunts, and we can confirm that the ladies definitely delivered both sass and substance.

the best pasta practices

De Laurentiis whipped up some Aperol spritzers before getting to work on a spicy rigatoni pasta tutorial for the crowd. She passed on some pasta best practices, including salt the boiling pasta water liberally 鈥 like way more than a comfortable amount. Next, always cook your pasta to al dente, which usually takes about seven minutes. As the pasta bubbled away, she gave Halsey a quick onstage tutorial on grating cheese; the key is using GDL鈥檚 Williams Sonoma Conical Grader ($20), pictured above, that the Food Network star designed herself.

Once the pasta is cooked (but not quite finished), De Laurentiis said to strain it, reserving the pasta water, then add the rigatoni back into the pot and start stirring in the the cheese. Yes, before the sauce! That way, the parm can really stick to the pasta. Next, stir in the sauce, and allow it to cook slightly, absorbing into the pasta and softening it to that perfect texture. If the sauce becomes too thick, loosen it with a little of the reserved, starchy, and salty pasta water.

the hottest condiment

Halsey tried to absorb all of De Laurentiis鈥檚 guidance as she cracked jokes while stirring the spicy rigatoni. And the heat wasn鈥檛 just from all the Calabrian chili paste (one of the Italian chef鈥檚 favorite pantry items, which she recommends over red pepper flakes). The Napa wine country sun was blasting the crowd and the celebs during their demo. Luckily, the duos鈥 mega-watt smiles and witty kitchen banter kept the atmosphere light and lovely as GDL鈥檚 famous lemon ricotta cookies.

the cookies of the summer

OMG THOSE LEMON COOKIES. We were lucky enough to try some backstage thanks to the Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen and let us just say, the hype is DESERVED. The lemon glaze is bright and tart, and the ricotta keeps the cookies moist and fluffy. So yummy. Sure you can eat them in several bites, but they are dangerously easy to pop into your mouth as a single flavor bomb. We went back for seconds, and thirds鈥nd well, festivals are just super exhausting, so you really have to take advantage of pick-me-ups. If we鈥檙e really being honest, we probably ate鈥 maybe seven each. Don鈥檛 judge! You would鈥檝e done the same. If making them homemade isn鈥檛 your thang, De Laurentiis has a Lemon Ricotta Cookie Mix ($11) at Williams Sonoma (it also comes in gluten-free too).

the best app starter

The lemon love didn鈥檛 stop there; we also got to enjoy De Laurentiis鈥檚 flavorful alfredo crudit茅. Crispy, tiny toast topped with her signature Lemon Alfredo Pasta Sauce ($17) stirred into some ricotta cheese and accented by lemon zest, fresh tendrils of basil, and freshly ground pepper. Again, dangerously easy to maul in one bite and seemingly super-easy to recreate at home for summer festivities.

If you鈥檙e whipping up De Laurentiis鈥檚 phenomenal lemon-y finger foods, tag us @BritandCo on Instagram.

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(Photos viaGrace Sager and Kassie Borreson / Williams Sonoma)