One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe

6/12/2014

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe — A Modern Mrs.
Pasta is a great short-on-time and/or forgot-to-thaw-meat option for dinner. Some people even plan a pasta night on purpose. /gasp! J and L aren't big fans of pasta, so we don't have it on the menu often, but a few weeks ago I came across this pin for Tomato Basil Pasta that... wait for it... cooks all in one pot. Can you imagine? The idea of just dumping all your ingredients into one pot and it's supposed to turn into this delicious meal just baffled me. No sauce? It makes its own? Sorcery!

I decided this meal needed to be tested, and it sort of plays into my friend Jodi's "Holy crap, that works?!" idea of a post, so here we are. I know you're dying to know if it worked or not, so I'll get right to it... It does! I was mostly surprised that the sauce did, in fact, turn out. This pasta has way more flavor than your standard box-of-noodles-paired-with-jarred-sauce combo, and while it may take about 20 minutes or so {because I use whole wheat noodles}, you really only need to stir every few minutes, so you could tackle a number of other to-do's in the meantime!

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe

{Adapted from Kiss My Ingredients}

  • 12 oz. Whole Wheat Linguine Noodles
  • 15 oz. Diced Tomatoes with Juice
  • 4 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp. Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 2 large sprigs Basil, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Place dry pasta, tomatoes, garlic, and basil in a large stock pot.
  2. Pour in the vegetable broth.
  3. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and oregano on top.
  4. Drizzle the oil on top of the everything.
  5. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered to cook for about 10-20 minutes, stirring every two minutes or so.
  6. Cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated — leave about an inch of liquid in the bottom.

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe — A Modern Mrs.
As you can see, the sauce isn't what you're probably used to seeing. It's less tomato-y and more oil-y, but not in a grease-y sort of way. Not at all. This is a delicious, healthy, light-but-wholesome meal. L, who typically refuses to eat spaghetti, loved it and finished off her plate! I garnished mine with a bit of freshly cracked black pepper, as you see above, and bellissimo [insert Italian hand gesture here]!

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