I saw a hack where you cook pasta in less water, and start the water cold. I often cook my pasta in less water than is “recommended” but I’ve never tried starting it with the cold water before. Here’s the original video (from CHOW):
I set out to give it a shot tonight when making some macaroni. I put the macaroni in my frying pan, covered it with cold water, and turned on the heat.
It started boiling surprisingly fast and then it was just a few short minutes until it was time to drain.
The pasta turned out well (my macaroni and cheese was delicious) and I think it did save me some time. I would definitely do this again!