Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Something Different...

I have been told that I am a worrier.  I can't deny it because it's true. I  probably worried as a baby. People are told to do things that they are good at... So does that mean I could earn a living worrying? You all could just pay me to worry for you.  How's that?

I don't know about you but I do like change... and that could include NOT talking about the weather about which we can't do a darn thing even though I will be worrying about it.

Meanwhile how about I just change the subject. Last week I decided to 'change' our usual pasta dishes.
Although we here in the End of the Rainbow Valley tend to 'can' one really good spaghetti sauce every year (It never does taste the same year to year) , change is still refreshing so why not try different 'tomato' based recipes ...

This recipe on Face Book called Tomato Basil Pasta appeared.  I had all the necessary ingredients and it was all made in one pot. Hence it has been officially renamed One Pot Pasta. I made it for our Friday night dinner and liked it so I thought I'd share.

I was super worried ( see there's that worrying again) it would be mush throwing everything together in the pot with uncooked pasta... but the starch leached out making a really nice sauce.  Who knew?

I loved only having one pot to wash. What's not to like? ENJOY.

Here are the ingredients:

12 oz pasta (I used Linguine)
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 lg sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced ( I used chopped)
1/2 t red pepper flakes
2 t dried oregano leaves ( I zapped fresh in the microwave for 2 min)
2 lg sprigs basil, chopped ( I had frozen from last year's batch)
4 1/2 c vegetable broth (regular broth NOT low sodium)
2 T extra virgin olive oil

Parmesan cheese for garnish


-In large soup pot add uncooked pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil. 

-Add vegetable broth. 

-Sprinkle  pepper flakes and oregano on top.

-Drizzle with oil.

-Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to low simmer and keep covered.

-Cook about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so.

- Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – leaving about an inch of liquid in bottom of pot       but you can reduce as desired .
-Season with salt and pepper , stir pasta several times to distribute  liquid in bottom of pot.