Don't be afraid to pop the lid once or twice and give it a sniff and a stir. Some people will say don't take the lid off blah, blah, blah. Don't listen to those people. Bunch of killjoy shits I tell ya. It's 2017 for crying out loud, lift the lid, stir a bit. Live a little.
Salt & pepper to taste, salt the pasta water too if you want or don't, who cares. You show me someone who can tell the difference and I'll show you a filthy, filthy liar.
Don't eat it if the meat is still raw, cook it through bobo.