There are two things I love and appreciate most as a cook; recipes that ask for only a few ingredients and those that can be made in only one dish. I found this recipe on Pinterest and just had to give it a shot – it was too easy not to! It’s only a few ingredients AND can be made in one large pot on the stove. An additional perk? It takes only 12 minutes to cook!
How it works – The previous blogger did a good job of explaining: “Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! – Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. The starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta.”
- 12 ounces pasta (Linguine is great, but feel free to experiment with your favorite pasta)
- 15 ounces (1 can) diced tomatoes with liquid
- 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 large sprigs basil, chopped
- 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular, not low sodium)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or cayanne pepper)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Parmesan cheese for garnish
- OPTIONAL: spicy sausage or grilled chicken make a good addition
STEP 1: Cut up onion, garlic, and basil. If you don’t know what julienne strips are (like I didn’t), cut the onion in half and then cut long ways so that you get nice thin long strips of onion (as shown in picture below). This meshes really well with the Linguini. If you decide to go with a penne or bow tie pasta, my suggestion is to dice the onions.
STEP 2: Place pasta, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and basil into a large stock pot. I used a 5 quart Dutch Oven that I recently got from my brother’s old college stuff. Worked perfectly!
STEP 3: Add in vegetable broth. Then sprinkle pepper and oregano flakes on top. Drizzle top with oil. It’s okay if the noodles stick out a bit. The second the mixture starts to boil, they will fall in.
STEP 4: Cover pot and bring to a boil.
STEP 5: Reduce to a low simmer and keep COVERED and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated (about 1/2 inch of liquid left in the bottom).
STEP 6: For less liquid sauce, remove lid and let simmer on low for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid.
STEP 7: Add sausage or chicken (if desired). Stir well and serve garnished with parmesan cheese and a sprig of basil.
This made the house smell amazing! Only 10 minutes on the stove and you could smell the basil, garlic, and oregano. A wonderful smell in the evening and great for getting the man excited for dinner hehe.
After making this pasta, I’m excited to try more “one-pot” recipes. This turned out absolutely fantastic! The only addition I would make to the recipe is as a spicy sausage or diced chicken. The pasta itself has a lot of flavor, but needs that “hearty” touch – and a little spice would go along away. Overall, an amazing recipe. Thank you classycakes27 for sharing!