Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One Pot Wonder Pasta

One pot wonder pasta

Wor walked into the kitchen tonight just as I was starting to work on dinner and watched the process with a very puzzled look on his face and kept asking me "WHAT are you doing?"

No matter how much I explained to him what I was doing he still didn't quite get how it was going to work.  Well, neither did I.  You see, I was making this one pot wonder pasta that I had recently seen on Pinterest– you know the one with beautiful pictures and simple ingredients that just makes you click that "repin" button– and I was a little nervous about how it was going to work out.  I didn't trust that all that water was going to either be absorbed or evaporate off.  I didn't understand how the pasta would develop a tasty sauce with absolutely no fats added in (because I didn't realize until later that it actually did call for olive oil.  Whoops!  But really we didn't miss it at all).  But in the end everything worked out just fine and this dish really did end up being a one pot wonder meal.

One pot wonder pasta
Truth be told, I was very pleasantly surprised about how well this worked out and how much I enjoyed it.  The process was so easy it was unnerving and it was very quick, it came together in 20 minutes from the time I started chopping tomatoes until I poured it in the serving dish.  The flavors were simple yet fresh and delicious.  Wor and I both agreed– we found a new regular!

one pot wonder pasta

One Pot Wonder Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Total time: 20-30 minutes

12 oz linguini, spaghetti or any fairly thin pasta
12 oz quartered cherry tomatoes, I used red and yellow
1 medium thinly sliced onion
1 head garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 sprigs basil
1½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 ½ cups water
Fresh grated parmesan, to serve 

In a pot combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper, basil, salt, pepper and water.  Heat over high, stirring often until most of the water is gone and the pasta is al dente.  Once the water starts boiling it should take about 9 minutes to achieve this.  Remove from the heat and serve topped with parmesan cheese. 

Source: Martha Stewart

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