Jan 21, 2014

One Pot Wonder: Pasta

This is a great and versatile way to cook pasta dishes all in one move, mostly. It is a variation of the way I make my kale and sausage pasta without pre-prepared sauce. Basically throw everything into a pot and cook it all until the liquid evaporates, thereby preserving some of the nutrients from the vegetables you cooked in it. It's also great if you don't have tomato or alfredo sauce and don't just want to add plain oil.
(You can google "one pot wonder" and get other variations.)
12 oz pasta noodles (spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
5-6 c liquid (broth; optional to sub 1 cup of tomato juice, etc)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
--dry seasonings or big vegetables----------
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes (include juice if desired....see above)
1 medium sweet onion, cut in 1/4 inch julienne strips (use an onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
---extra options----
  • fresh herbs: 1 bunch (about 10 to 12 leaves) basil, diced (or fresh herbs)
  • light vegetables: 2 handfuls spinach or kale, sliced thinly
  • cheese: parmesan, feta, romano, etc.

1. Place main ingredients in pot: pasta, broth, and oil.
2. Add dry seasonings and big vegetables:  tomatoes, onion (I like to sautee as the first ingredient), garlic, etc. 
3. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated except half-inch or so, so their is a minimal amount of "sauce."
4. Remove from heat and add extra ingredients: including fresh herbs and greens (spinach). And season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with cheese, or stir it in to make the "sauce" creamier (do not add while liquid is bubbling!).
Serves 4 to 6 as an entree
-the other option is to cook the noodles regularly and then drain most the liquid, but reserve a little bit, and then add the cheese to make it a light cheesy sauce.
----VARIATIONS --endless!
  • sausage, kale and parmesan
  • tomatoes, basil or Italian seasonings, olives and parmesan
  • bottled artichoke hearts with juice, Chicken, mushrooms and feta, lemon pepper
  • bacon, peas, parmesan

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