This is by far, I think, the tastiest quick & low-maintenance meal I’ve ever made. (Microwave dinner doesn’t count.)
I was inspired by dinner at my friend J’s house last week. We hung out, had a very worldy discussion about foreign politics, terrorism, and then had dinner and watched Bachelor Pad. Everything in moderation right? We are two intelligent, (both post-grad degrees) hard working ladies, but we all need our down time right? Mine happens to be trashy TV as of late. Lot of Bravo. Lot of “reality” TV. Something about it makes me feel better about myself… as in “well, at least I’m not crazy-pants like that nutbag!!”
Anyway, J made us dinner, a real quick pasta dish of spaghetti, fresh tomatoes, basil & garlic. I’ve also seen Giada make a version of this super fresh & simple sauce, and always wanted to try it. It’s nothing short of amazing considering how easy it is!
I started with spaghetti… then got my “sauce” ready
Wait a couple of minutes before adding the garlic, you don’t want it to burn. Then continue to cook for about 7 mins until the tomatoes start to break down, then help them along with a masher or a wooden spoon. I also added a dash of red pepper flakes to jazz it up a bit. I like jazz. And flair.
Once the pasta is ready, add about 1/4-1/3 cup of the starchy water to the tomatoes before you strain the pasta. Add the pasta to the pan with the sauce and toss to coat.
I topped mine off with a bit of chopped fresh basil and parmesan cheese. It was SO GOOD. It’s a great pick for the first time you invite that special someone to dinner, he (or she, whatever floats your boat) will be super impressed and have no idea that all you had to do was boil water!!