I just love one-pot meals. Sure I love the ease of just throwing everything in a pot and waiting for my dinner to be ready. But what I love most of all is having less dishes. I really, really dislike washing dishes. It just gets old, right? Plus you get the pruny hands and leftover cooking smells. No good.
Cooking comes with dishes. It's the dark side of the moon. Or whatever. I mean, dishes happen and it's generally worth it, but a few less dishes is always a nice thing.
I first fell in love with one-pot pasta back when I made this version. And I love that you can vary this dish in all sorts of ways. One of my current favorites, that I thought I'd go ahead and share with you, involves cooking the pasta in red wine.
Favorite part about cooking with wine: drinking the remaining wine with dinner. Wine and I are best buds. 🙂
16 oz. pasta (love these little nests of fettuccine, easy to add to a pot without breaking the noodles)
1 small white onion
2 garlic cloves
2 sprigs of fresh basil
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock*
2 cups red wine (any kind you prefer to drink)
3/4 cup water
salt + pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to serve
*I use vegetable stock most of the time as I don't often eat chicken or beef. Using vegetable stock will turn your pasta a purple-ish brown once it's cooked. If you use chicken (or seafood) stock, the noodles will have a slightly different color than mine (more purple than brown). You can use whatever stock you prefer or have on hand, but I think vegetable or chicken would work best for this dish.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.