24 February 2014

Got 15 Minutes. You Have a Taste of Summer with One Pot Pasta

One Pot Pasta
 Whether it has been the lack of daylight hours, working 6 days a week, weddings or jet lag this blog has been absent of posts for a very long time for someone who is known to post two to three times a week, even after all of these years. I have certainly not been uninspired by delicious foods inundating me at every turn. I have still visited your blogs but even commenting has been lacklustre. To get into the kitchen...now that has been a different matter.

That's when I turn to easy, quick dishes that remind me of sun kissed summer days. Soon Valerie…soon…. Pasta of your choice, fresh greenhouse tomatoes and basil, paper thin sliced garlic and sweet vidalia onions, 15 minutes of your time from start to finish and a heavy dose of Parmesan cheese is all you need. Magic happens in one pan. Martha Stewart states she found this recipe in Puglia, Italy. I have no doubt. Smart cooks have been cutting corners when they can for years.

**One Pan Pasta**
from Martha Stewart

12 ounces spaghetti or linguini
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 sweet onion such as Vidalia, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 1/2 cups water
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with oil and grated Parmesan. Garnish with basil.

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  1. I was just wondering about you yesterday and thinking you had somehow dropped out of my newsfeed. Glad to see you back and with a recipe to warm up my cold days.


  2. A great idea! I'll try this dish as soon as I get my hands on Geneva/Swiss tomatoes.



  3. I have made this dish several times and my family loves it! It's my go-to pasta dish when I am in a hurry.

  4. I have pinned this in the past(a):) and never tried it..you may have nudged me..
    Welcome back~

  5. This is absolutely brilliant! I made pasta last night and it took a pot and a pan!

  6. Fun idea, Val. Kind of reminds me of Ina's summer pasta, same flavors but all in one pan. Love it!

  7. Ah, tricky but good idea -- and it saves on dishwasher. Loved photos I saw on FB of wedding festivities. The place was gorgeous and the bride stunningly beautiful. Congratulations, mama.

  8. I used to be skeptical about one pot pasta...yours looks really good, I guess I have to give it a go :) Welcome back!

  9. What a nice fresh pasta and in one pot!

  10. I have missed you but I'm so glad you're off enjoying your daughter and Mexico and whatever else life is enriching you with these days. :-) What an easy dish!!! :-)

  11. I have been curious about this recipe but never brave enough to try it.

  12. This one pot pasta has definitely been making the rounds! It's so good, right?

  13. Good idea Val. I make a similar dish adding the ingredients raw to a cooked pasta but why not cook them together? And, welcome back Val, but you were entitled to a (short:) break.

  14. Welcome back, I've missed you. I know the wedding must have been fantastic. Your one pot pasta dish is very welcoming after being away. When I return from a trip, I always want something simple and comforting.

  15. Nice to see you again, but Is totally understanding, I follow you on FB and you had busy and happy days

  16. this is the kind of pasta dish i prefer--simple and no-frills. very nice, val!

  17. This equally scares and fascinates me!

    1. It took me a long time to try this recipe out myself Pola, but when in a pinch it is a quick meal.

  18. I am excited to try one pot pasta, I am yet to! Thanks for recipe x


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