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Lazy Linguine for Two

One-dish pasta recipes having been making the rounds on pinterest recently. Most serve four to six and since there are just two of us for most meals, I decided to try a pared down version recently.  My husband is wondering when I will be serving it again! How much simpler can it get, than throwing everything into one pot and having it on the table a short while later?

  • 6 oz. linguine (half of 12 oz / 375 gr package)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small onion, julienned (cut in strips lengthwise)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 1/4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for  serving
  1. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil in a skillet or stock pot.
  2. Add water or broth and olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with pepper flakes and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes (stirring frequently)...or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stirring to distribute juices evenly.
  7. Dish into two pasta bowls.
  8. Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.
  9. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
 * Double or triple the recipe to serve four or six.



  1. Love these kind of meals Judy. It looks delicious!

  2. I made this a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be gooey, but it was very good!

  3. Mmmm. Love pasta with fresh vegetables. Your dishes are so beautiful, and the slight bowl indentation would make it easy to know what is a portion. Because with pasta I sometimes don't know. :)


  4. I would not have thought the liquid would boil off in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Thanks! This will save a step AND a pot!

  5. Thanks so much for coming by...I am following you by Friends Connect.


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