We’ve been staycationing this week, staying at Ed’s sister’s place in the Cotswold Water Park doing our usual summer stint of gerbil sitting. Although I have been having a break, I have been doing some work, but trying to keep everything really simple – throw something on the BBQ and serve with a green salad and glass or two of prosecco, then follow up with a bowl of strawberries, cream and a good scoop of ice cream. Simple, fuss-free but delicious.
I had an epiphany this week, and discovered that I have been cooking pasta wrong for all of my life. Pasta, as anyone will tell you, is a simple thing, boil up a large pot of water, throw in some salt and a few drops of oil, add pasta, make a pasta sauce, you know the routine. This week I discovered the life changing one pot magic wonder pasta! Simply add all the ingredients for the pasta and sauce to a pot and simmer until the pasta is done! It is the perfect one pot dish, the starchy pasta water makes a lovely silky smooth rich creamy pasta sauce and the only washing up is a chopping board, pasta pan, knife, serving bowls and cutlery, and the prosecco glasses, of course.
I was skeptical about not frying the onion, but it really does not need to be cooked first, simply layer in all the ingredients, cover with stock, cover, bring to a simmer.
I used my used my new Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick wok to cook the pasta in, it is robust, but lightweight, has two handles rather than one long one, and a snugly fitting glass lid (see my recipe for caramelised onions in the Le Creuset wok, and spaghetti frittata in the Le Creuset frying pan). Once the pasta has softened give the mix a good stir and cook until the pasta is nearly done and the liquid absorbed, stir in a spoon of goat’s cheese and voilà! Dinner is served in 20 minutes with minimal washing up.
Quick, easy, adaptable and fuss free this is my new to go dish for a speedy week-night supper.
Or, for another delicious one-pot dish that uses chorizo, make my one-pot Spanish chicken with rice.
Creamy chorizo & goat's cheese one pot magic pasta
- 170 g linguini or spaghetti
- 1/2 onion - finely chopped
- 1 fat clove garlic - peeled and chopped
- 5 cm chorizo cut into 1cm cubes
- 1/2 red pepper - cut into strips
- 150 g tinned tomatoes (about a third of a tin)
- 4 basil stems - chopped
- 500 ml vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 dsp creamy goat's cheese
- squeeze lemon juice
- Place all the ingredients apart from the goat's cheese and lemon into deep frying pan or wok with a snugly fitting lid. Slowly bring to a simmer.
- Once the pasta has softened stir well.
- For the last few minutes of cooking remove the lid, stir in the cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice to lift the flavour and season to taste.
- Serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan.
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Love the look of that Le Creuset Pan – I didn’t know they did pans like that and love you one pot pasta dish – a complete revelation to me:-)
I am loving my new wok! Really impressed with the range.
I have done similar tricks with orzo but not ventured into the longer stuff. Great idea, Helen.And this sounds like a magic wok, too!
It was the first time for me Kellie. I am converted.
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
We are big on one pot pasta dishes in our house, they are so easy. Also, a little chorizo goes a long way, making it ideal for pasta dishes like this.
I am a convert Dannii! And that is a very good point re the chorizo.
Chicken stir-fry with egg noodles, cabbage, bamboo shoots, sprouts, and carrots.
A soy sauce stir fry with loads of vegetables
Probably some egg fried rice. It never turns out as good when done in a normal frying pan.
Chicken & Veg stir fry
i’d have a go at paella
A chicken stir fry
I have been desperate to cook stir fry since we have moved house, ours has magically disappeared lol
I’d like to try a crispy beef stir fry
a simple chicken stir fry
I’d do fried rice first. I used to eat it loads as a kid, but haven’t cooked it for years because I’ve never had my own wok!
i would cook some lovely stir fry’s for me and the family :)
a yummy stir fry with chicken
A classic stir fry
donna l jones
chicken stir fry
A tasty stir fry :)
A sweet chilli prawn stirfry!
A spicy prawn stir fry
I’d make my cheats Thai curry (coconut milk, fish sauce, lime, spring onions, chilli, coriander and chicken)
the recipe above sounds lovely so would try that, chorizo is my favourite ingredient at the moment
I actually think I’d try this recipe! It looks mouthwatering!
soy sauce prawn stir fry
I would make a nice stir fry as it’s quick and easy for those warmer nights
I would cook a delicious stir fry with beef
I would cook sausage, bean and sweet potato casserole. At the moment I cook it in a frying pan and a saucepan lol xx
prawn stir fry yum
This recipe! It sounds delicious, I’d really like to give it a try so this would give the means to
Definitely a lovely fresh stir fry with chicken, lots of veg and a little sweet chilli sauce.
Noodle,quorn and vegetable stir fry.
A stir fry
A chicken stir fry for my hubby.
id make a stir fry
A chicken stir fry
I would cook a chicken noodle stir fry with broccoli. I use my wok all the time and would love to add this to my collection.
chilli con carne!
Sweet & sour chicken
lots of healthy food
A big quorn stir fry with veg from my garden
I think I would actually try this one pot dish, it looks absolutely delicious and sooooo simple!
A Chicken stiry fry xx
King prawn fried rice
Crispy noodles with chicken.
It’s calling for a chicken stir fry
Chicken, bacon and pasta my kids adore it
Watercress & chicken stir-fry
A stir fry or this recipe tbh as it looks gorgeous :)
sweet & sour chicken
Chicken stir fry
Spanish Chicken, had it for dinner and it was yummy.
Stir fry chicken
I’d cook Pad Thai! Mmmmm
Sweet and Sour Pork with Noodles – my favourite!
Would have to be my favourite sweet and sour chicken!
One pot spicy chicken pasta – yum!
Chicken stirfry with rice vermicelli
Chicken Stir Fry
A chicken stir fry. Yummy!
Ooh – lovely Crispy noodles with chicken! :)
pork stir fry
I would cook yuk sung
So going to try this….pasta. Goats cheese, tomato, chorizo all my fave ingredients and one pan!!!! If it works I can see it becoming a regular…..
one pot pastas are my favourite. so easy and self saucing.
Thank you Helen – I’ve just made this pasta for tea and it was delicious ……..and best of all quick and easy to make. I love fuss free flavours and all your recipes are delicious and easy