Friday, June 21, 2013

Blow your MIND" Tomato Basil Pasta!


Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! - Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. The starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta!!!! (Yes, that's straining, just stirring)

12 ounces pasta (I used Linguine)

 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used zesty red pepper flavor)

 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips

 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

 2 large sprigs basil, chopped

 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium)

 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

 Parmesan cheese for garnish



Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.

Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .

Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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