One Pot Farmer's Market Pasta is an almost magical recipe made for busy days and hungry families. This easy 30 minute meal is healthy, meatless, and so delicious ~ just pile everything in one pot, bring it to a boil, and let it cook for a few minutes ~ that's it!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4-6 servings
12ozspaghettiI use Barilla
1medium red onionpeeled, halved, and sliced
1small Japanese eggplanthalved lengthwise and sliced
several stalks asparaguscut in 2 inch pieces
a handful of broccoli floretscut in half
1colorful bell pepperchopped
2clovesgarlic peeled and minced
2handfuls baby greensI used baby kale and wild arugula
1 - 1-1/2tspsalt and lots of fresh cracked pepper
1/2tspred pepper flakesoptional
1cupdry white wine
1Tbspwhite wine or sherry vinegar
1cupshredded hard Italian cheese
halved cherry tomatoes
1/2cupsfinely shredded basil leaves
Put everything except the cheese, into a large pot. Add the wine and water (measure exactly since you will not drain the pasta) to the pot and bring up to a boil. If your pasta doesn't fit completely into the pot, nudge it down into the water as it softens. Cover the pot while it comes to a boil then uncover and boil for about 7-9 minutes, until the pasta is just al dente. Babysit the pan a little bit to ensure that the pasta doesn't stick. Don't over cook the pasta, there will still be some water left in the pan.
Toss the pasta with the cheese, and serve with the extra tomatoes and lots of fresh basil.
Don't skip the tomatoes. The rest of the veggies remain intact, but the tomatoes break down and help to form a sauce with the starchy pasta water and the cheese. Uou can use lots of different veggies for this dish, whatever looks good. Mushrooms would work well, also summer squash, cauliflower. Tomatoes are a must, though.
Don't skimp on the cheese, for the reason just mentioned.
Pay attention to flavoring the pot. In addition to salt, I like lots of black pepper, red pepper flakes, and my secret flavor weapon, a dash of sherry vinegar.
Don't forget the fresh garnishes. Reserve some little tomatoes and a big handful of fresh basil for topping the cooked pasta.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/one-pot-farmers-market-pasta/ June 17, 2014