Friday, August 2, 2013

One Pot Pasta

A friend had posted this recipe for One Pot Pasta on FB. It instantly caught my eye, what a brilliant idea to cook the pasta in the sauce itself and save oneself the additional step usually required.

Here's how I made it:

6 to 8 oz pasta of your choice (I have used spaghetti)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup julienned sweet onion
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup veggies of your choice (I have used frozen peas and carrots)
2 cups vegetable broth
Seasonings - salt, pepper, pinch of sugar, red pepper flakes, dried oregano and dried basil
 Parmesan cheese for garnish

Heat the oil in a large pot. Saute the onions for 5 mins till softened, add the garlic and saute another 2 mins. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, other veggies, broth and the uncooked pasta. Give it all a good stir. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered for about 10 mins till the pasta is cooked, stirring in between. Add seasonings as desired. At this point, the sauce may be little runny. That's okay. See picture below.

Cover and leave for 5 mins. The pasta will absorb the excess sauce and become all the more yummier for it. 

Serve warm, topped with parmesan cheese and some garlic bread on the side.

I have served this pasta with simple garlic bread made by toasting up some sliced French bread and spreading with a mix of butter, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and dried parsley.

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