It actually works! The wider surface area of the frying pan means the water gets hotter and the pasta cooks faster.
This video actually recommends putting the pasta in the pan while the water is cold.
This works best when you’re just making pasta for one. It’s as easy as putting pasta in a bowl/mug with enough water to cover it, then microwaving for a few minutes (it’s trial and error, not gonna lie), stirring every minute or so.
This video says that you will know that the pan is at the perfect temperature when the water forms two beads. Carefully wipe out excess water with a dish towel before you pour in the oil.
I cut up a bunch of onions and freeze them in sandwich bags. The next time I’m making a dish, I can just take one out and throw the onions in the pan. That way, I don’t have to deal with tears every time I cook.
Cut spring onions and store in an empty water bottle in the freezer. I never use all of my spring onions at once, so I cut them up and put them into a water bottle so I can freeze them. They last for about 2-3 months.
Whenever I buy raw chicken breasts I get home and portion them out for two. I mix a marinade in a quart-size Ziploc, add the chicken, and put it in the freezer. I take a pack out in the morning and thaw it in the fridge so that it’s ready to be baked by dinnertime.