Basil and Olives 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.
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!