Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Into the swing of things - One Pot Pasta

Day in, day out. Work in... not out.

It's been quite a few months and lots has happened since.
Work at the clinic has been great. I'm getting to understand my way around and feel really quite comfortable with the events of the days. Granted I still make mistakes, but then again, who doesn't?!
For a dinner for friends I made this fantastic dish.
Oh this is just brilliant.

Everything in one pot? Who would've thought. Alright, so it's nothing absolutely new but this beats the usual rice, noodles and such. I could eat this dish all on its own!
The trick is a good base for the sauce and this comes from the water that the pasta was boiled in.
Honestly you could add pretty much anything to this dish making it appealing to all ages and all palettes.
Now, I'll give you a rough idea of the recipe but like I said, you can add more or less of whatever you'd like.

This dish fed about 12 people with extra sides.
Oh, we had sweet potato fries, chicken nuggets and I honestly can't remember what else. That's what happens when you bring a bunch of young adults together who'll eat almost anything put on our plate.

So, as I was saying...

INGREDIENTS (Recipe adapted from Yankee Kitchen Ninja)

  • 750g Linguine (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2-3 litres of water
  • 2 tsp of table salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable/olive oil
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic chopped finely
  • 3-4 medium onions sliced evenly
  • 500-750g cherry tomatoes or the equivalent of regular tomatoes cut to desired size
  • 200-300g fresh basil chopped
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package adding the oil and salt to the water
  2. Once cooked, set aside about 500ml of the pasta water
  3. Drain the pasta and set aside
  4. In a large wok or pan, heat the oil and fry the garlic and onions
  5. Before the garlic gets too brown, add the pasta water in with the tomatoes and let simmer for about 30mins or until water is reduced to desired consistency and the tomatoes have gone soft
  6. Toss in the pasta and mix well
  7. Let the dish continue to simmer while you chop up the fresh basil
  8. Add the basil in and toss until well incorporated
  9. Transfer to serving dish
  10. Offer other condiments to your guests
This is absolutely easy peasy. So yes, it isn't exactly one pot unless you use the same pot for both steps, but you get the idea! :)

Oooooooh. I'm smiling just thinking about this splendid dish!
Oh, and here's a video I found very helpful about chopping fresh herbs.

So, here's to the next dinner gathering. Or lunch. Or breakfast? :/


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