After many tries and soo many re-reads of threads like this one.....
I was able to get my timing right on point and the sauce was finished and waiting for the pasta.
Was able to finish the sauce and it was still steaming when the timer went off for my slightly too al dente noodles.
I used a pair of tongs to move the noodles from the water to the pan, dragging a bit of the water along.
Was just enough (water) to thin things down and pasta was just at the right stage that it finished cooking as well as thickening things back up.
Just wanted to thank those of you who graciously answer the same questions over and over, patiently explaining things in different ways so people like me (not a reader learner, but can look at a technique a few times and nail it) can finally ace a dish.
Oh and sorry if I was a bit redundant in my posting.
Feel like a little kid.