Monday, May 26, 2014

Lazy One Pot Italian Pasta

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This is the sort of casual food recipe that embodies simplicity without skimping on great flavours.  The fettuccini can be added dry, along with all the other ingredients.  After 10 minutes of cooking everything together it's all done, all at once, with only a single pot to clean up!     
Have this recipe up your sleeve for those times when you only have 20 minutes to get a meal on the table. The liquid reduces into a creamy sauce, the noodles absorb the great flavours they're simmering in and the result is colourful and hearty.
  • 12 ounces of fettuccini
  • 12 ounces of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2- 3/4 tsp. red-pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsps. kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese

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  • Grate the Parmesan cheese and reserve.
  • Tear some of the basil leaves and reserve them for garnish.
  • Take the cherry tomatoes and halve or quarter them depending on their size.
  • Thinly slice the red onion, garlic.
  • Add the tomatoes, red onion, spinach and garlic to a large, straight-sided skillet.
  • Add the uncooked fettuccini, red pepper flakes, basil, oil, salt, red pepper flakes and water.
  • Bring everything to a boil over high heat. stir and turn the fettuccini frequently with tongs.
  • When the fettuccini is al dente and the boiling water has almost completely evaporated remove from heat, about 9 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper
Serve in bowls and garnish with the reserved basil leaves and the grated Parmesan cheese.

Bon appétit!

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