Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ONE PAN PASTA RECIPE



We can't take credit for this recipe, though we did tweak it a bit for our purposes.  It's ONE PAN PASTA courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.




First you put the ingredients in a pan.  Make sure you have a pan that will fit the pasta.  Yes, you put the pasta in dry along with the tomatoes and onions and sliced garlic.




Then you add the water, and some fresh basil leaves, oil, salt and pepper to the pan.  Oh, and some pepper flakes for a bit of heat
(optional of course).



Bring to a boil over high heat and then just start stirring.  It might look like too much water at first but don't worry, it will cook down in time.




Just keep it boiling while stirring, gently moving the pasta around in the water.  We found that a pair of tongs worked wonders for this.  As you stir, the water will start to evaporate...



...and in about 10 minutes, what's left will thicken and become a sauce.  The onions  and garlic have cooked down and even the basil and tomatoes start to break down.





To add a bit of meat to the dish, we pan grilled some lovely Italian sausages to serve on the side of the pasta.  Not required but definitely good.
One Pan Pasta
And that's all there is to it.  The tomatoes have mostly broken down into a creamy, pink sauce and the onions and garlic are there, only now they are just softened and sweet.  The sausage on the side adds a wonderful 'extra' but of course, it's not necessary (we just like it).

INGREDIENTS:

16 ounces of linguine pasta, dried
12-14 ounces of cherry tomatoes, cut in half (we used mini San Marzano's)
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste, optional)
2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 1/2 cups water

Thank you Martha.
A lovely new recipe to add to our routine.

24 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

isn't this stuff great? i make it often when i want something really good in a hurry. i make a mexican version too.

Kirk Dale said...

I like the sound of this. AGA is busy cooking the pasta for a salmon pasta dish as I type, but I think that this one would be good too. I wonder what the Mexican version is?
Kirk

kymber said...

oooh - i can't wait to try this! thanks for sharing 1st Man!!! your friend,
kymber

Gail said...

I think I can smell the aroma! Now I have to go eat. Beautiful easy dish, I like those.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and Chinese or Lunar New Year Year of Wooden Horse...I love love your blog, oh, my goodness this recipe looks great and fast..One could give a smack of whipping cream and make a luscious dinner quickly, thank you for making it and showing how easy it is to make it, love the pan you cooked it in is it capalon?? I need me a new set of pots and pans, you are encouraging me to get them..have a most warm week, is it snowing and icy where you live in Texas or am I wrong about the place..ciao & peace and joy, love!

2 Tramps said...

That looks so good! And such an easy recipe - can't wait to make it here. One pan goodness is so appreciated in the winter. When the sun goes down my enthusiasm in the kitchen seems to wane...

Sandy said...

1st Man,

When you makes this dishes..........................you're suppose to invite us too!!!!!

Looks good my friend, enjoy .

John Gray said...

I adore the symmetry of the first photo

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

I will definitely give this a try!

Tewshooz said...

This would be a great camping dish. I am going to try this very soon. Looks yummy and easy and only one pan to clean. Even my husband could do it. Thanks

4theluvofgardening said...

Great idea! I will have to give this a try.

JW said...

Looks like a ^must try^ - thanks for sharing!

1st Man said...

It IS great. And definitely good in a hurry. Mexican version? Mmm, sounds good.

1st Man said...

Thanks, and salmon pasta dish sounds delish! I do wonder about the Mexican version too.

1st Man said...

Thank you, it is good. Enjoy!!

1st Man said...

Ha, it DID smell good that's for sure. Definitely easy. Hardest part is stirring regularly. ha.

1st Man said...

Well, thank YOU for the lovely wishes and the kind comment. Cream would DEFINITELY be good for the sauce. Not Calphalon, it's actually a pan that we got at a restaurant supply store. I can't remember the name, "Volrath" as I recall.

Our part of Texas is not icy or snowing, cold but no snow/ice so that's good.

Thanks again! Come back soon!

1st Man said...

One pan dishes are always welcome in the Winter...and the Spring and the Summer, ha.

1st Man said...

LOL! Thanks! I'll have to remember that, if there are leftovers, ha. OH and I would be remiss if I didn't add that 2nd Man did most all of the work, I stirred a bit and took pictures. :-)

1st Man said...

You and I both! 2nd Man put it in the pan before I got in there to take a pic. I thought the same thing, it looks so neat and organized, ha

1st Man said...

Please do, it's good and so easy.

1st Man said...

Hmm, never thought about that. Camping is a great idea. Definitely just one pan to clean.

1st Man said...

Thanks, and thanks for commenting.

1st Man said...

Well thank you, I hope you do and hope you enjoy it! :-)