Step 1: Traditionalists, forget everything you know and reach for a frying pan instead of a pot.
Step 2: Put your pasta in the pan. (Yes, before the water!)
Step 3: Pour 1-to-2 quarts of cold water (the temperature prevents noodles from sticking together) into the pan, depending on how much pasta you’re making. The water should cover the noodles by half-an-inch or so.
Step 4: Turn your burner to medium-high heat, and stir occasionally.
That’s it! Your pasta will cook in about 10 minutes, plus there’s an added bonus: You’ll be left with just enough starchy water to make an incredible sauce.
(And that, friends, is called using your noodle.)
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