Before I worked in an Italian restaurant, I was saucing my pasta the American way.
The American way means you cook your pasta, drain it, and then pour sauce on top.
It works, but once I started making my pasta the Italian way, it 10x’ed the flavor!
Italians always cook their pasta ‘al dente’, or a minute or two less than what the package says.
Then, they drain it and finish cooking it in the sauce.
Cooking the pasta a minute or two with the sauce lets the pasta absorb all that flavor.
I just can’t make pasta the American way anymore.
Finishing cooking your pasta in the sauce!