Meghan's One Pot Pasta Magic

 My new best friend. 

My new best friend. 

I have a by-week for school! Well, sort of. Due to the upcoming holidays, my classes have given us time off to work on final projects. When I found this out – I almost cried. I've been sick and buried by homework and haven't had more than a few minutes to myself between work and school. I decided to celebrate this time off by grabbing a bottle of wine, cooking dinner and watching a movie with Angelo.

Here's a little secret about me – I get stressed when I don't cook. I'm not actually that talented of a chef – that definitely falls to Angelo. He could cook dinner blindfolded and with one arm tied behind his back and it would be delicious. I tend to follow recipes obsessively or make things I'm comfortable with (like… soup!) But I like to cook, it relaxes me and it makes me feel like I'm not wasting the money I spend at the grocery store. I knew that taking charge and cooking dinner would only elevate the good mood that has been consistently battling for space in my life recently. For a movie night dinner, I wanted to make something that Angelo would appreciate (read: not soup) but that wouldn't use up the teensy amount of newly gained energy that I found myself with.

I reached out to my co-worker, Meghan, whose a pretty awesome cook in her own right, and asked for ideas on what to make for dinner. She quickly responded that she'd been doing a lot of one pot pastas – that they're easy and quick and you can mix up what you add to see what happens. She said she made her own but that she also tweaked her mom's clam recipe to be a one-pot pasta. I was sold.

I headed to the store on my lunch break and grabbed the ingredients – but what's great about this one pot is you probably have the majority of them in your pantry already.

·        2 cans clams

·        Oregano

·        Basil

·        Linguine

·        Garlic

·        Olive Oil

·        Salt & Pepper

·        Parmesan Cheese

The next part is following Meghan's super simple directions:

·        Put some olive oil in your pot.

·        Add the clams (and their juice), oregano, basil, salt and pepper, garlic  into the pot.

·        Add four cups of water.

·        Add the pasta!

·        Bring to a boil and stir frequently until the water's almost all evaporated.

·        Serve!

Angelo looked over the directions – as he does when I'm cooking – and insisted she must have forgotten steps. I stood firm – no, she makes it all the time. We had to do a little maneuvering with our linguine to make sure it didn't get burnt – this definitely isn't a "fix it and forget it" type meal. You need to stay on hand to stir your pasta, as it transforms from stiff to fluid. All in all though – it takes about fifteen minutes in entirety.

I will admit, I walked off in the middle of cooking it to FaceTime with my dad for his birthday – and Angelo wound up finishing it up. He swears by it – it's so simple – and we can't wait to adapt it to make some other one pot wonders.

Have you ever made a one pot pasta? What's your favorite combination?