Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
I recently discovered this awesome recipe for a quick, easy and very delicious pasta dish, which you cook all in one pot. Basically you put the uncooked pasta of your choice (e.g. spaghetti or linguine) in a large saucepan/crock with tomatoes, herbs, seasonings and stock and cook it all together, no straining required at the end, just stirring (a kind of pasta stew, if you like!) It’s not only very easy and saves on work and washing dishes, but the magical thing with this recipe is that the starch leaches out of the pasta into the liquid while it is cooking, and so creates a lovely rich sauce. You can add vegan parmesan to it to garnish at the end if you like, but it doesn’t even need cheese really – the sauce tastes wonderfully creamy and satisfying without it. This has now become my top pasta recipe.
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
- 12 oz of pasta of your choice (I use a strand one such as spaghetti)
- 1 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes with juice
- 1 large sweet onion, cut into strips
- 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon of red pepper or chilli flakes
- 2 tsps of dried oregano leaves
- 2 large sprigs of fresh basil, chopped
- 4½ cups of vegetable stock/Bouillon (the regular type, not low-sodium)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Vegan parmesan cheese as a garnish (optional)
1) Place the raw pasta, onion, tomatoes, garlic and basil in a large saucepan or stock pot. Pour in the vegetable stock. Sprinke on top the oregano and pepper/chilli flakes. Drizzle the top with olive oil.
2) Cover pot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, then cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
3) Continue cooking until almost all the liquid has evaporated (although you can leave about an inch in the bottom of the pot, if you like). Season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir it through several times to distribute all the liquid from the bottom of the pot.
4) Serve garnished with vegan Parmesan if you like (although it is delicious without that!)
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