Experts predicted that the war would make gas price flare up, and so it has. The international markets for this essential raw material reached a staggering 60% in just one day. Now you can cook pasta with much less gas if you do it this way. Bring water to the boil with the lid closed; once the water boils, throw in the pasta and wait for it to come back to the boil. So far so normal. Once the water boils, put the lid back on and turn off the gas. With the lid closed and the gas turned off, the pasta will still cook and you will save a lot of precious natural gas. The trick is to calculate about one minute of cooking time (with the gas off) more than the time indicated on the package.