Tuesday, July 30, 2013
One Pot Pasta
I kept seeing all the pins on Pintrest for One Pot Pasta. Pretty much throw everything into one pot, let it cook for awhile, and you have prefect pasta in a light tomato sauce. Sounded too good not to try! There are a ton of variations of the recipe, but it appears that the "original recipe" (the one that made it popular) is from Martha Stewart. I kept it simple and pretty true to the originally. But I wanted it creamier, so I added some arrow root powder (or starch) to thicken it up without adding a lot of calories.
Arrow root powder is a natural thickener that comes from South America. It's is similar to corn starch and can substitute for it. I like it better because it is finer and blends better (plus you know, the whole Monsanto King of the Corn thing...) You may notice in the photos that I used spaghetti and fettuccine. I had a half box of each and wanted to use them up. I am big believer is using what you have on hand in order to save money. I also used organic cherry tomatoes from the veggie box delivery (they are so good, I could eat them by themselves!).
This recipe makes 4 servings.
One Pot Pasta
1/2 small white onion, sliced fine
1 small carton of cherry tomatoes, rinsed and greens removed
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 sprigs of basil, leafs removed and roughly chopped
12 oz (just shy of one box) of pasta
1 tps red chili flakes
5 cups of water
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbs Arrow Root Powder or Corn Starch
In a large, shallow pot, add all the ingredients except the olive oil, arrow root powder, salt, and pepper.
Cook for 5 minutes, just until the tomatoes bring to break. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Cook for another 5 minutes or so (it will vary based on the directions for the pasta), until the pasta is cooked.
Remove from the heat. About about 1/4 cup of liquid will remain.
Add the arrow root powder and toss together well. The sauce will get slightly thicker and creamier.
Taste for seasoning, mine need a little more salt.
Now serve it up with some extra basil and enjoy!
A light sauce that is just a tad creamy without all the fat! Filling without being over the top. I am so going to make this again.