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Mary Anne's One Pot Pasta

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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

  • In a large stock pot saute meat, if using, onions and garlic until meat is no longer pink and the onions and garlic are translucent. Drain. Return to pot. Note: You do not have saute the veggies, but I like the rich flavor that comes from sauteing the vegetables.
  • Add tomatoes, fresh basil, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, if using, cheese, pasta, broth and wine. Drizzle top lightly with olive oil.
  • Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated.
  • Season with salt and pepper, stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese and olive oil.

Serves 6-8.

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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