I hate using tons of pots to do the same thing: boil water. So when I have to cook pasta which takes about 10 minutes and broccoli which takes 4 minute, I simply layer them. I put the pasta in first, then place the broccoli on top. In four minutes, I scoop out the broccoli and let the pasta continue to boil. Ta-Da saving water and dishes!
What’s your favorite tip to keep pan count low?