I’m all about a fresh, tasty meal that is EASY. I don’t have much bandwidth for complex these days, as everything feels complex already. And I wanted to make sure and share this before the basil & tomatoes are withered and gone.
This One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta from Martha Stewart is a winner. There isn’t really a sauce, rather the pasta absorbs the flavors, and the tomatoes and seasoning provide the sauciness. Adding a sprinkle of cheese (or goat cheese if you want to add some creamy tang) on top is the needed finish. It’s very flavorful, in fact, if you are anti-heat, you might want to omit or reduce the crushed red pepper as it gives it a kick!
We made this one night when Dave and I had an evening event (back when we had events) and got it started before we left the house. I told my teenagers and preteen to just stir stir it with the tongs when the timer buzzed and serve. Dinner was prepared. We were out the door. And there was only one pot to clean!
12 ounces linguine
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 1/2 cups water
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
- Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with parmesan or goat cheese.
Give yourself a break by doing this one very simple task– make this for dinner soon. (Decision made √ crowd pleasing √ fast prep √ easy clean up √ inexpensive √ done!)