Pasta is easy to cook because it tells you when it’s done! I fill my saucepan (that’s the pot, remember?) 3/4 full of water and dump in the pasta I want to use. I put the burner on high and let it get hot. REMEMBER to use your spatula to scrape the bottom of the pot from time to time to keep it from sticking. Lots of chefs tell you to salt the water or to put a little oil in it. I haven’t found that this does anything worthwhile, and I just don’t want the extra hassle.
Pasta has three color phases. It’s yellow when it’s dry. It then turns clear as it’s cooking. Then it turns white when it’s done. Easy, no? When it turns white, take the pot off the stove and strain the pasta with your colander. Then you can use the pasta for whatever.
Barilla pasta is excellent. Other brands you might look at are DeCecco and also Golden Grain pastas. You may know Golden Grain as the originator of Rice-A-Roni.