16 ounces pasta (or less, to suit your needs)
Water to cover
Salt to taste
Put pasta in a 2- or 3-quart microwave-safe container, breaking long pasta to fit if necessary. Cover with water by at least 1 inch. Add salt.
Cover bowl, and microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
Drain the pasta and use immediately.
If pasta must sit before using, toss it with a small amount of cooking oil or butter to prevent sticking.
If you are making pasta salad, rinse pasta with cool water, then add vegetables and dressing.
Makes 4 servings.