Step 1. Put the pasta onto a frying pan.
Step 2. Pour in just enough water to cover the pasta & add salt.
Step 3. Turn the water on high and boil for 15 minutes, turning pasta occasionally.
Result: This method worked well to cook the noodles and it was faster than boiling water in a pot. The downside was that with the shallow frying pan, water splattered onto the stove every time I turned the noodles. I wonder if this would work better in a flat pan with higher sides. I might try that next time.
My tweaks: I was running late with dinner so the liquid from the tomatoes in my pasta sauce wasn't done cooking down yet.
I decided that I could move the process along by adding the pasta into the sauce for the last 5 minutes of the pasta cooking time, figuring the starch from the pasta would absorb the water and maybe the noddles would take on some of the sauce flavor.
I realized fairly quickly that I was going to encounter a problem: the saucepan wasn't big enough to hold the sauce and the noodles.
But I wanted to limit the number of dirty dishes I created in this cooking process, so I powered through.
Once I emptied the frying pan of the noddles, I drained the water and then poured the pasta into the pan. I put the heat on low and simmered until the sauce thickened, stirring the pasta occasionally.
End result: Yummy pasta, minimal time & dirty dishes. I call this one a success!
Have a terrific week & as a reminder, I have the box set of my seven Home novels on sale for $9.99 until Wednesday.