It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me between work and travel. Life is just so crazy sometimes, so I am always looking for ways to whip up a quick dinner. I had heard about one pot pasta before, and I was pretty skeptical at first. Can it really be that easy? Can I actually make something in less than 30 minutes in one pot? Well, I’m happy to report that yes it’s possible! Not only does it take little to no time to cook, but it also minimizes clean up.
Given I have been travelling a ton, my diet has been less than perfect. I love indulging in junk food, but it’s definitely not good for my health. To get back on track, I chose only vegetables to complement my pasta. My favorite combination is tomatoes, basil, and garlic. Yummm!! My mouth waters just thinking about it. I absolutely LOVE the taste and aroma of basil. It always brings out the best in the rest of my ingredients, and in combination with tomatoes and garlic, it’s a match made in heaven.
Another shortcut I use to help me when I’m busy is Good Eggs. This grocery delivery service has quickly become my favorite lifesaver. I can’t say enough about how much I love this service. There are so many services like this one right now (Amazon Fresh, Instacart, Safeway), but what sets it apart in my eyes is the fact that I can get organic, locally sourced produce at a reasonable price, all delivered to me the same day. The fact that it’s organic and locally sourced is a huge deal for me. I love supporting local farmers, and I find that their ingredients always yield the best dishes. 🙂 Unfortunately, this service only delivers in the Bay Area right now, so crossing my fingers they expand their reach soon!
Tomato & Basil One Pot PastaPrint Recipe
- 12 ounces thin spaghetti or any pasta
- 1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 medium-size yellow onion, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
Place first 9 ingredients and dried crushed red pepper (optional) in a large pot.
Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 12 to 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is slightly al dente, stirring at 5-minute intervals. The best way to know if the pasta is al dente is to take a few strands of pasta out and try it.
Remove from heat, and let it stand for 10 minutes. Stir before serving.