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One-Pan Pasta {this recipe is *brilliant*}

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I finally got around to reading the June Issue of Martha Stewart Living, and I learned a skill that I wish I'd learned 25 years ago:  the simplicity of one-pan pasta!  :D

The recipe was included in the Kitchen Wisdom article, and I must admit that I was skeptical before trying it.

Check it out:

This is all you need for the One-Pan Wonder....


12 ounces linguine
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large (I used quartered plum tomatoes)
1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
2 t salt
4 1/2 cups water
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.  

NOTE:  I used shaved parmesan as a garnish.  This dish is spicy, so you might want to reduce the red-pepper flakes if you don't like hot dishes.

Everything in the pan, ready to go!

I removed the basil before serving.  The sauce is surprisingly creamy and delicious!

I served the dish with crusty Italian bread and olive oil.

Yummeh for the tummeh  :D

Let me know if you try it!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Looks so yummy! I STILL haven't gotten to that issue yet. So behind.

  2. That recipe caught my eye and I remember reading it several times and wondering if it would work. I definitely need to try it!

  3. Oooooh I will for SURE be trying it!! Yummy!! I'm a big pasta fan, and this sound so easy & delish!!

  4. Yum, yum, looks great.

    I've had to update my computer and add a few new things as the computer is older and wouldn't work with alot of the changes, Google and Outlook updates, etc. I have visited many times and could not leave a comment. It's good to be back for your pasta though:)

  5. That looks so easy - what a good camping/cottage dinner. How much is 12 oz of tomatoes would you say. You look like you have about 1 cup of quartered plum tomatoes there - is that about right? I'll have to look up the conversion for linguine (our packages are all metric), but I'm not sure if it will help for whole tomatoes. Did you the garlic or onions seem strong since you didn't precook them? I bet spinach would be good added to this right near the end (always looking for ways to add veggies to dinners).

  6. Thank you for letting us know it worked! I saw it and was skeptical but I'll try it when we go to the lake. Always looking for easy peasey :-)

  7. It looks amazing! I use a lot of pepper flakes...they pack a punch, don't they! Enjoy your afternoon!

  8. This recipe looks really good. I can't wait it give it a try.

  9. OMYGOSH....why didn't I think of this !!! It looks amazing and this is what I will pick up at the store and make. Thanks tons for the recipe.

  10. Wow! This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I saw that recipe Ricki Jill and wondered about it! We don't eat much pasta in the summer but I'm going to try this, thanks for the recommendation! Hope you have a Happy Independence Day!

  12. Definitely trying it. Thanks! :)


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  14. This looks great and easy! You did a great job with the photos too Ricki Jill!

  15. OMg this sounds so good pinning for later

  16. Ricki, we made this on Sunday at camp and it was really good! I'm going to blog about it when I return from vacation and will link to you.


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