20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
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This is a simple, creamy pasta dish that will take you only 20 minutes to make. The perfect lunch or dinner when you're in a pinch!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 12 ounces linguini or fettuccine
  • 1 large onion, very thinly sliced, about 2 cups
  • 4 - 6 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces or 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)
  • 10 basil leaves, torn in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4½ cups water
  • Topping: Freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, several basil leaves thinly sliced
  1. Combine all ingredients in a straight sided large skillet or pot (I used my 5.5 qt dutch oven). Bring to a rapid boil and then reduce heat just enough to keep it boiling and toss it constantly with tongs for about 10 minutes. The water and tomatoes will reduce down and the pasta will release starches that thicken it and make it nice and creamy.
  2. Do not wait for all of the liquid to evaporate - you want some liquid to remain for the "sauce". Taste the pasta as it finishes cooking. Once the pasta is to your desired softness, remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and fresh shredded Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Recipe by Wishes and Dishes at https://wishesndishes.com/20-minute-one-pot-pasta-with-fresh-tomatoes-and-basil/