Alright guys. The game has been changed.
I saw a recipe for an Italian “Wonderpot” meal from one of the bloggers I regularly follow. She claimed you just throw all these ingredients, pasta and all, into a big pot and just let it cook.
Simple as that.
I, obviously, did not believe it. But I figured, hey, this woman has no reason to lie to me about a recipe (or anything else, for that matter.) So I took a chance and bought the ingredients to try this “Wonderpot” meal myself.
And am I happy I did.
You literally just throw all of these ingredients into a pot and cook it. It’s done when the noodles are done. It’s amazing.
YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO SAUTÉ THE ONIONS AND GARLIC.
This literally could not be easier. How do more people not know about this? Am I the only one who was missing out?
In case you haven’t heard of this magically-easy-yet-delicious cooking method, I figured I owe it to you all to tell you about it. (Full disclosure: I tweaked the original recipe a little, but I only made minimal changes.) (Fuller disclosure: If you like a less-liquid-y [technical term] pasta, lessen the amount of chicken broth and/or chopped tomato juice that you add to the pasta by a few ounces).
So here it is. The ingredients and the (super minimal) instructions for what I like to call my Italian One-Pot-Wonder.
2 tbsp olive oil
28 ounces canned chopped tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion (Hunt’s makes this in 14.5 ounce cans)
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tbsp dried basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp pepper, to taste
32 ounces chicken broth
1 package linguine
Literally put everything besides the noodles into a pot on medium-high heat and stir.
Put the noodles into the pot. Once they begin to soften, stir to make sure the noodles are all submerged in the liquid.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, tasting your noodles until they reach your desired consistency.
Scoop the pasta and sauce out of the pot and onto your plate. Sprinkle with some freshly grated parmesan (this makes ALL the difference for any pasta dish, in my opinion) and enjoy!
Do you have any one-pot-wonders you’d like to share? Post them in the comments below!