I know you have pasta and I saw you at the grocery buying all that sauce in a jar (angels weep when you use jarred sauce, but more on that later) If you have never before cooked pasta or if what you do cook has the same texture as that from the Olive Garden (Mushy and revolting) then this post is for you.
Put a pot of water on stove, turn stove to highest setting and walk away for at least 8 minutes.
When it has come to a FULL boil add salt, more salt, yes more, come on get serious with the salt. Add pasta and stir, again, now more, we don’t want it to stick. If anyone has ever told you to add oil to the water to prevent the pasta from sticking, then ignore all cooking advice that comes from that person.
Never cook according to package directions, if the package says 10 minutes cook for 6, no kidding. You want it seriously tough when you take it out of the water so you can finish cooking in the sauce, and even then we are not making pudding.
Heat your sauce, get it very hot and yes you have to stir that as well. You have two hands, at least I hope you do. When the pasta is not done, take some cooking water with a cup and set it aside. Now remove pasta from water, use tongs, baskets, colanders, I don’t care how but drain it. Turn the sauce very high and stir the pasta in, add water as needed to thin it out, when it is done but still has a nice chew. (Take a fork to taste) then put in a bowl and garnish. Use herbs, cheese, toasted bread crumbs, whatever you have in the house.