Do you wait for a pot of water to boil before you add pasta to cook it perfectly al dente? Turns out, there's no need to wait and waste all of that energy heating up the water. Instead, some chefs say you should add the pasta to the pot of cold water, turn on the heat and place the lid on top. When the water starts to boil, remove the lid and cook away. You'll have perfectly cooked pasta in about half the time, and you'll save lots of energy, too.
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