In order to cut down on preparation time when making casseroles that contain pasta I have learned to bypass the step of boiling the pasta. Fill a bowl or the casserole that you will be using with very hot tap water. Soak your pasta in this water for twenty minutes. It should now be soft enough to use when constructing your casserole.
|Twenty Minutes in Hot Water|
During the summer, with such hot weather, it is nice to avoid heating the kitchen with a hot stove top and boiling pot.