Every pasta recipe tells you how to make it and then at the end just says "serve". . . There are actually a few tricks to finishing and plating pasta that I've learned from my family and thought I'd share.
1. A frying pan is your best friend for making sauce. (Today I'm using vegetable bolognese leftover from this recipe) If you are making for two, I make the entire sauce in the pan, but if it's a lot, go ahead and use a big pot and transfer some to a pan for finishing. Ok, so you've got your sauce in a large frying pan on low heat (sauce and pasta are already cooked, we're just tossing them together to make them happy):
Ok, next step, plating.
4. Using tongs, grab a big chunk of pasta and place it right in the middle of your plate. Don't worry if you don't get any of the sauce, we'll get to that in a minute: