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Basil and Olives One-Pot Pasta

Basil and Olives One-Pot Pasta

Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta
Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta

Is there anything that a person could love more than good pasta? How about good pasta that is absolutely fuss-free? This delicious one-pot pasta with fresh basil and black olives comes together in under 20 minutes and with readily available ingredients. It's also perfect as a main or side dish - serve with pan-seared honey mustard salmon, spicy tangy pork chops, or as I did this evening with a wonderful bacon-wrapped chicken roulade stuffed with ricotta and spinach. I had intended to share the recipe for the chicken roulade dish but was unable to get any pretty pictures to go with the recipe because my kids had already made their way through half the roulade roll even before I could get my camera out.

Thankfully, the chicken roulade was really really delish, and I plan to make it again very soon, so it won't be long before I will be able to take at least a couple of photos of it to share here on Kitchen Missus.

Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta
Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta

I have been a fan of one-pot pastas since I noticed the rise in popularity of such recipes in Pinterest. However, it took me more than a couple of tries before I actually perfected a one-pot pasta. You're probably wondering what there is to perfect with such a simple concept - just throw everything in a large pot and let it all cook together. BUT, there is the problem of having the pasta get overcooked and soft and taking all the yum away, and nailing that al dente pasta in a one-pot pasta recipe is key. You can't just take drain the water away when the pasta is perfectly cooked because that is essentially your dish (all that is in the pot the pasta was cooking in) and thus it really is very easy to get a one-pot pasta wrong. I find the best way is just to try and try and try the pasta every 20 seconds or so when you have passed the cooking time stipulated on the packaging by three-quarts of the way - for example, if the pasta officially takes 12 minutes to cook, after the 9 minute mark, taste the pasta again and again. Pasta can go from perfectly al dente to soft and flaccid in less than 30 seconds, and so testing it over and over in the final few minutes of cooking it is really fool-proof. 

This Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta is wonderful with the key ingredients of the black olives and fresh basil but you can add some mushrooms or eggplants or even some seafood or ground meat. It really is versatile and so so so easy, just remember to keep watch over that pasta in the final few minutes of cooking to prevent over-cooking the pasta. Happy One-Potting!

  Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta   Prep time: 5 mins  Cook time: 15 mins  Total time: 20 mins  Serves: 4      Ingredients:   · 250g of Pasta (I used Spaghetti)  · 1/2 cup of Black Olives (pitted and sliced)  · 1/2 cup Basil (packed)  · 2 cups Water  · 1 can (14.5oz) Diced Tomatoes  · 3-4 cloves Garlic  · 2 tablespoons Sugar  · 2 teaspoons Salt      Instructions:   1) Blend the can of diced tomatoes and garlic together in a food processor  until the lumpy bits are broken down.  2) In a large pot, pour the 2 cups of water and the blended tomatoes and  garlic and let the mixture come to a boil.  3) When the tomato sauce mixture has come to a boil, throw in the pasta.  4) While the pasta is cooking, prepare the black olives by removing the pits (if  you bought the ones with the pits still in them) and cutting each into  roughly 3-4 slices.  5) Half of the basil will be cooked together with the pasta, while the other half  will be used as a garnish when serving.  6) Halfway through the cooking time of the pasta, add the olives and basil in  with the pasta and let cook until the pasta is al dente.  7) Just before turning off the fire, season the sauce with the 2 tablespoons of  sugar and 2 teaspoons of salt (feel free to tweak to your personal  preference).  8) Serve with the remaining basil.   

Basil and Olive One-pot Pasta

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

· 250g of Pasta (I used Spaghetti)

· 1/2 cup of Black Olives (pitted and sliced)

· 1/2 cup Basil (packed)

· 2 cups Water

· 1 can (14.5oz) Diced Tomatoes

· 3-4 cloves Garlic

· 2 tablespoons Sugar

· 2 teaspoons Salt

 

Instructions:

1) Blend the can of diced tomatoes and garlic together in a food processor

until the lumpy bits are broken down.

2) In a large pot, pour the 2 cups of water and the blended tomatoes and

garlic and let the mixture come to a boil.

3) When the tomato sauce mixture has come to a boil, throw in the pasta.

4) While the pasta is cooking, prepare the black olives by removing the pits (if

you bought the ones with the pits still in them) and cutting each into

roughly 3-4 slices.

5) Half of the basil will be cooked together with the pasta, while the other half

will be used as a garnish when serving.

6) Halfway through the cooking time of the pasta, add the olives and basil in

with the pasta and let cook until the pasta is al dente.

7) Just before turning off the fire, season the sauce with the 2 tablespoons of

sugar and 2 teaspoons of salt (feel free to tweak to your personal

preference).

8) Serve with the remaining basil.

 



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