Post by: Nora Hovath | Food Network | Published on: 08/21/2016


It’s just as easy to make a fresh pasta sauce as it is to boil water, thanks to the one-pot method in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. All the ingredients for a simple tomato sauce — think garlic, fresh basil and chopped tomatoes — are cooked at the same time and in the same pot as dried pasta and water, allowing the flavors to blend seamlessly and quickly. The water acts as both a cooking liquid for the noodles and the base of the sauce, while the addition of nutty Parmesan cheese at the end of cooking helps thicken the mix. Bonus: This fuss-free dinner is ready to eat in only 20 minutes.

Total Time: 20 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

12 ounces spaghetti, broken in half
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
Handful fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
Large pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Watch how to make this recipe.
Put the spaghetti, oil, tomato paste, garlic, tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt in a high-sided medium skillet. Add 5 cups water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to cook, stirring the spaghetti frequently to keep it from clumping, until it is al dente and the sauce has reduced and thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan (the sauce will thicken more), and season with salt if needed. Divide the spaghetti among 4 bowls, and garnish with more Parmesan and torn basil leaves.
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