Pour your pasta of choice into the boiling water. Stir, and bring back to a boil. Let boil about 30 seconds, then cover pot with lid and remove from burner. Do not lift lid for 15 to 20 minutes; by then the pasta should be done al dente. It will not cook further than this because the water has cooled down. Pasta can be held in pot until ready to serve. Drain, if needed.