Very good! I have made pasta before without boiling first and found them to starchy! But not this. I would think the frying of the pasta takes care of that. But I do suggest do it in batches. I had to remove the browned pasta from the bottom while the pasta on top didn`t brown. After browning and removing I added fresh sliced garlic and used Green Herb Seasoned Salt in place of the salt. I need to watch my sodium intake! I pureed the tomatoes that was for my DS because he would remove every chuck and not eat them. Giving the pasta a chance to absorb all the goodness and he would never know. I did try the pasta before adding the cheese hoping not too. But it did need it! Thanks!!!