This Perfect Pasta Timer combines a hot water probe with a custom timer setting system to alert you when your farinaceous delicacy is ready for your tastebuds. Al dente ( well known Italian tenor from Milan) recently bought one for his mother. Apparently. $39.95.
Its LCD control panel allows you to select from the ten most common pasta shapes, input the amount (1/5, 1/2, or 1 lb.), and choose al dente or regular. The device sets its timer based on these variables and beeps when the pasta is cooked to your preferred taste. The timer clips to the side of a pot and its 8 1/2″ probe monitors the temperature of the water and signals when the water reaches the optimal temperature for cooking pasta.