Don't Rinse Your Pasta
Don't rinse your pasta after cooking it. Doing this washes the starch off the surface, which is what helps the sauce cling to it.
The fridge isn't always your friend
Store basil at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag. If refrigerated, the leaves will turn black.
Short pastas, such as bow ties and corkscrews, are great for whipping up skillet dishes or adding to soups.