Thursday, June 27, 2013

One Pot Pasta

I've probably talked about this before but I am a huge leftover fan. Like, fo real. I rarely make a meal without planning to have a meal for work. In fact, I've cooked a whole meal with the sole purpose of having it for leftovers. 
I did this with this one pot pasta recipe. I made it at about 3 in the afternoon just so I would have some for work this weekend and ended up eating a whole bowl of pasta in the middle of the day. Second lunch? First dinner? Yep, it was that good.
This is a super simple meal. Solid ingredients that come together to make really tasty, salty pasta with lots of veggies. And you only get your cutting board and one pot dirty. Win-win-win.
You layer your pasta, a can of diced tomatoes and a sweet onion into a pan.
Part of the magic of this is that you use broth to cook the noodles instead of water. I used some homemade vegetable broth but you could use chicken broth too. Finally, add the spices. Let it boil and cook until all the liquid evaporates and you've got a meal. Feel free to eat it in the middle of the afternoon, or the next day if it lasts. 
One Pot Pasta
serves 4-6
  • 1 box of whole wheat linguine 
  • 1, 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 sweet onion, cut into pieces
  • 1 large bunch of basil, ripped into pieces
  • 2 tsp diced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano (or fresh if you have it)
  • 1 tsp 21 seasoning salute (from Trader Joes)
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 box cherry tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese
To Make

1) In a large pot layer the linguine, diced tomatoes, sweet onion, and basil. Pour over broth. Add spices (garlic, red pepper, oregano, seasoning), salt and pepper, and olive oil.

2) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. After it boils, cover, reduce to a simmer and let cook another 10-15 minutes. Stir frequently while it simmers. Reduce until just a little bit of liquid is left at the bottom of the pot, to your preference. Towards the end add the cherry tomatoes so they get warm and a little soft.

3) Serve in large bowls, add S&P as it needs and top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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