Justin and I were listening to more Splendid Table podcasts while driving to Eastern Oregon. (Have I mentioned how much I love that show?) There was a guest on, who for the life of me I can not relocate on the site, who described a different way to cook pasta.
He suggested putting pasta into the cold water and bringing it all to a boil. By the time the water has come to a boil the pasta is perfectly cooked.
I have done this repeatedly since listening and I swear it works. And, man, is that a time saver! Instead of waiting for a huge pot of water to boil and then waiting 15 minutes to cook the pasta, it is all done in about 20 minutes.
Try it out on some of these pasta recipes!