We read a lot of recipes and blogs and recently the “it” dish has been a one dish pasta recipe. Most have been based on the one dish pasta that was featured on Martha Stewart. I love a challenge and I decided to try this recipe with Al Dente pasta. The idea is that you layer the ingredients in one pot and let everything simmer together. First add the sliced onions on one side of the pot, the diced tomatoes on the other, then garlic slices, and the pasta in the middle. Add a dash of oil, season with salt, pepper, and red-pepper flakes if desired, and four cups of water and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Knowing that our pasta cooks in just three minutes, I knew I was going to have to make some changes. I cooked the vegetables first for ten minutes, then add half a bag of Al Dente Pasta, and stirred continuously for three minutes.
One Dish Pasta
1/2 bag Al Dente Pasta, any cut, any flavor
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 small sweet onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 sprigs, basil, fresh and more to garnish
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, if desired
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
In a very large sauté pan or wok, place sliced onions on one side, and sliced tomatoes on the other. Place garlic slivers on top of onions, and fresh basil leaves on tomatoes, add red pepper flakes as desired. Pour the 3 1/2 cups water and oil over all, season to taste. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add one half bag of Al Dente Pasta and stir continuously for 3 minutes until pasta is cooked and water is absorbed. Serve with parmesan cheese.
I have also seen a blog where the cook used 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh, and 1 tsp. dried Italian herbs instead of fresh basil. That would be a great substitution in fall or winter when fresh tomatoes are not in season. If you have tried this recipe please let us know.