I love to cook. It’s definitely one of my favorite hobbies and yet, there are days when I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking a meal. Sometimes, there are just not enough hours in the day, and so that is where this recipe comes from. It comes from laziness. Plain and simple.
It was a Sunday afternoon and my stomach was beginning to grumble. As I lay on the couch trying to think of a fast and easy meal to make, I stumbled upon Cora & Louise’s One Pan Pasta recipe and fell in love with the idea. One pan, 18 minutes and a delicious, tasty and satisfying meal without the hours long commitment to the kitchen. I could whip it up, and then get back to couch surfing in no time. I’ve altered the recipe, slightly, to omit any animal products and increased the measurements to fit my families needs, but other than that, it’s virtually the same.
If you are in the market for a quick and easy, one bowl meal idea, you’ve come to the right place. Because who doesn’t love a bowl of pasta?
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One Pot Pasta
6 cups water
16oz spaghetti or angel hair pasta
8oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper, more if you like it spicy
4 sprigs basil, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
In a large stockpot, add all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Using a pasta fork, stir frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Boil for 10-11 minutes uncovered. Water should be almost completely absorbed.
Once pasta is cooked to al dente, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15-20 minutes. **We found that by omitting the parmesan cheese, the mixture was a little watery after cooking, so by covering and allowing to rest, whatever remaining liquid will naturally thicken with the starchy pasta.
Serve in a bowl with a chunk of crusty artisan bread and enjoy!!