September 27, 2013

One pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Basil Recipe

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Fall has come around in a real hurry.  Last week my kids and I were out in our short shorts enjoying water activities.  This week we have been huddled up under our coziest blankets watching the rain ruin all our summer fun.  In fact, I heard that it snowed not too far from where I live.  I love the fall...but I'm just not ready for snow yet.  Looks like we are in for a cold winter this year. 

Warm, cozy, and having a blast!

As an ode to summer ending I am going to post a fun, easy, and surprisingly yummy recipe I tried.  I came across the recipe here, but I believe it was dreamed up by Martha Stewart and all of her infinite wisdom.  This pasta recipe cooks up super quick and somehow everything all works together despite it being against all food rules.  You literally toss everything into a pot and cook away.  I ate my leftovers with a bit of bacon mixed in and boy did that pump up the yummy.

You will need Fresh Tomatoes (these beauties came fresh from my garden), Fresh Basil (I snatched it from my sister's garden..I have no shame), Onion, Garlic, Spaghetti, Olive Oil, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt & Pepper, and water.  I also snuck in a couple of dashes of Italian Seasoning for good luck.

Chop up your veggies..make sure to leave a little Basil as a garnish.

How did this get in here?  She is almost 9 months old!!!  What!?

Toss everything into the pan!  Did I mention that you don't cook the noodles on the side before this step?  Oh no, you just toss 'em in with everything else?!  What is this madness!  Cook until the noodles are tender and most of the water is gone.  It kind of turns into a sauce.

Garnish with a little Parmesan Cheese and fresh Basil.

My older kids thought I was a cooking master and gobbled it all up!

One Pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Basil Recipe
Source:  Apron Strings

1 package of Spaghetti (I used Whole Wheat)
A bunch of garden fresh Tomatoes or a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
1 Onion
1/2 tsp Pepper Flakes
Handful of fresh Basil
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 1/2 C Water
2 TBSP Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese and Fresh Basil to garnish

Chop up the Tomatoes, slice the Onion and Garlic thinly.  Place everything in the pot and bring to a steady boil.  Lower the heat to medium low and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring often, until most of the liquid is gone and the noodles are tender.  Top with Parmesan Cheese and fresh Basil.

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