If you're one of those people whose kitchen skills are so inadequate that you're not comfortable boiling pasta in some salted water, you may want to look into the Barilla brand's Pronto pasta. This easy-to-prepare pasta doesn't require you to boil. Instead, simply chuck the pasta into a pot or a pan and turn the heat on, and the pasta simply absorbs all the water by the time it's complete. The Pronto pasta comes in numerous varieties including linguine, rotini, elbow, penne and spaghetti.
To be fair, this pasta isn't merely for the lazy and busy. In fact, many chefs and home cooks have been touting the boil-free method for a while. However, Barilla's Pronto pasta marks the first time that a major food company has created a specific boil-free pasta.