One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

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One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. saute' oil of choice
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1 tbsp. basil dried
  • 1 tbsp. capers
  • 1 cup pasta of choice I enjoy whole wheat
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • enough water to cover pasta
  • splash of soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Instructions

Method:

  1. Saute' garlic in oil until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients, adding just enough water to cover pasta. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Cover and cook until pasta is halfway cooked. Remove lid and continue cooking, reducing liquid as pasta cooks, stirring occasionally. Salt to taste, enjoy!

Variations:

  1. I love this recipe for all the variations!
  2. gluten free: Use gluten free pasta and soy sauce- careful not to overcook your pasta
  3. Proteins: You can add Better than Beef soy crumbles- they're delicious!

Recipe Notes

You can also add cooked ground beef. You can also add shrimp to the recipe as you are in the saute garlic step Don't have fresh tomatoes? A can of diced tomatoes will do very well and give you a more Bolognese style sauce.

When I cook pasta, I make enough to feed all of Italy.

That’s a good thing, because today I just returned home from running errands with a baby and was starving. The last thing I wanted to do was cook, it took all of my strength not to buy Chicken McNuggets from the golden arches. I’m afraid my child might be made of 50% nugget at this point.

Fortunately, this pasta came to the rescue! I was given this recipe by its’ very inventive creator- my sister. Okay, sister- in-law. I hate that term! We’re family!

I love this recipe for its’ versatility and economy. Who can’t afford some tomatoes and pasta? Plus the soy sauce adds an unexpected depth of flavor thanks to its’ Umami properties. It’s vegan friendly, beginner cook friendly, whole wheat or gluten free friendly.

A little pasta tip- in Italy and all the Italian places you love, pasta is finished cooking in the sauce so it absorbs the flavor. This is another reason I love this pasta, it seasons as it cooks. The next time you are too tired to cook- try this. All you need is one pot and very few ingredients to treat yourself.

What’s your favorite one pot meal?

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