Busy day ahead? Why not serve your family a super easy pasta dish that uses only one pot and is ready in about thirty minutes! The key to this dish to stir the pasta frequently to distribute the liquid and to make sure the pasta does not burn. This is a fun recipe that can be tweaked and retweaked; you are only limited by your imagination; plus leftovers are great the next day!
1 pound ground Italian sausage (mild, sweet or hot), hamburger, optional
1 medium sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
Handful fresh basil, de-stemmed and left whole
1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, according to taste
Pinch (or more) red pepper flakes, optional
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
16 ounces linguine, spaghetti, or fettuccine
3 cups vegetable, chicken, or beef broth
2 cups white wine or water
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Note: This is a great dish for vegetarians; just leave out the meat and you still have a wonderful entree! However, if you love a hearty dish, meatballs or grilled chicken can be added as a side once you have plated your pasta.
Note: Any number of items can be added to this pasta dish: mushrooms, grape tomatoes, spinach, roasted red bell peppers, orange, red, or yellow bell peppers. Add these ingredients (except the spinach which should be near the end of the simmering cycle) when you saute the onions and garlic.
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