Here is a fool proof way to make great pasta with the minimum time and mess.
First, put your pasta on to boil.
While waiting for it to boil find a bowl and sprinkle the bottom with parmasean cheese.
On top of the cheese pour your favorite sauce.
When the pasta is al dente, take it off the heat, drain it and dump it into the bowl.
The hot pasta heats the sauce and melts the cheese.
Invert the bowl over a plate.