ONE POT PASTA MEALS
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HANDY TIP: Cooking Pasta quickly in a frying pan or pot with cold water
For campers, this is a great tip, as you don’t have to wait for the water to boil before adding the pasta, saving time, but more importantly, especially if doing a desert trip and water is precious, you use less water for the cooking process.
I have given it a go, and it works!! The pasta wasn’t gluggy, it didn’t stick together and you can use the leftover pasta water to help thicken the sauce you might be making for the dish.
So here is the technique. Give it a go and I think you’ll be amazed at how it works.
So forget using a huge pot and bringing a lot of water to the boil and give this technique a go.
EASY ONE POT PASTA MEALS
Following on from this idea is cooking a pasta meal in one pot using the same principle – you use less water, and you use just one pot!! How easy is that; no fuss, no stress!! It has to be the easiest pasta meal you will ever make, and the ingredients and flavours are up to you, the principle remains the same. You could also try using different types of pasta, such as penne and the like.
One Pot Pasta with Roasted Red Capsicum, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Brie
Serves 4 to 6
You could easily reduce the quantity of ingredients to make this a dish for just 2. The principle is that the pasta should be covered by about 2.5cm (1”) of water above the pasta. The amount of ingredients is up to you; start by reducing by half.
Viv’s hint: You could use more Brie, but I found the 125gm plenty to give the pasta a creamy taste. Alternately, you could use cream, or cream cheese. You could add a spicy Italian sausage - thinly sliced (or similar), or some chorizo. I’d sauté them in a little oil first before adding to the pasta. If you like olives, add them.
One Pot Pasta Creamy Sausage & Spinach Tortellini
Full of rich flavors and textures, this creamy sausage and spinach tortellini takes a little longer to prepare as you need to brown the sausage meat (squeezed from a sausage), but then its just a matter of throwing it all together in the one pot to to cook everything.
Add the oil into a large high sided pan and place over a medium heat.
Once hot, add the sausage meat pieces and brown on both sides. then add the garlic and saute for a minute or so. Don't burn it!!
Add the tomatoes and then the cream and stir to mix through.
Bring to a simmer, then add in the tortellini.
If you feel there's not enough liquid, add some chicken stock or vegetable stock.
Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, until the tortellini is tender. You could partially cover the pot.
Season to taste, then stir through the spinach until wilted and then serve with some grated or shaved Parmesan and fresh crusty bread.
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