Weeknight Quickie

Hectic times call for easy dinners!  I'm in love with the whole one pot pasta dinners because they are so easy to make and there's minimal clean up.  Better yet, you really don't even need a recipe! If you haven't tried this yet, give it a whirl!  

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I started with a pint or so of grape tomatoes.  You can use what ever you have or whatever is in season where you are.  

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I chopped up a handful of fresh basil.  If you don't have basil, use parsley or add in oregano and thyme if you like.  There are no rules here, just use the flavors that you love.

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As far as I'm concerned, with most meals, garlic is a must.  I used three hearty cloves (adjust to your liking of course).

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I heated a pan over medium heat and added a splash of olive oil.  Once it was good and warm I added the tomatoes.

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Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to break down a little and the garlic is nice and fragrant.

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Next throw in about 12 ounces of pasta, 4 cups of water (or do two cups chicken broth and two cups water to add a little more flavor to the dish) and the basil.  Season with salt and pepper.  

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Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until pasta is cooked al dente and the liquid is mostly evaporated.  (you don't even have to drain it!)

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Grate about a half cup of Parmesan cheese.

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Now get a little bit of heavy cream (or 1/2 and 1/2 , again, whatever you have on hand) and stir it in to the pasta along with the cheese.  I used about 1/3 cup.  You can start with a quarter cup and add it until you get just the right amount of liquid (nice and creamy but not too soupy).

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Give it a good toss so the pasta is well coated and everything is nice and warm.  you could very easily add olives, peas, artichoke hearts, or what ever else you can think of!  Sometimes I add a little anchovy paste when the tomatoes and garlic go in.  Be creative, make what you love and enjoy your food.

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How about that?  A delicious homemade dinner that was potentially quicker than going out for take out!



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