When I was a kid, I ate only the sauce, nothing else. Today, I like the sauce _not_ thin. The pasta I like is shaped instead of noodles. I don't drown the pasta, rather thoroughly cover it, but I still taste the pasta and preserve the texture. For my tastes, you got it backwards. The sauce is not the vehicle, that pasta is for the sauce. In other words, the sauce is the driver, the pasta the car.