Pasta and… jam? Yeah I know. I promise I didn’t eat them together. My stove was just so pretty with all the colours I had to share it with you all.
I had some basil wasting away in the back of the fridge and decided to use it in some pasta. When the time came to actually add the basil it of course turned out the basil had white fuzzy visitors and I had to throw it out. But I had extra basil hidden in the freezer, so ha!
So how does one make a simple pasta for dinner?
Step 1: boil pasta in salted water.
Step 2: add stuff.
What is stuff?
Ideally about 400-500 grams of veg per person and some oil and herbs. Maybe also some grated cheese. If you’re a meat eater: 75-100 grams of meat, 250 grams of veg and maybe less oil than with all-veg.
When cooking Italian, ‘veg’ usually includes onions, garlic and tomatoes, but you can sneak in a lot of stuff, as long as you cut it small and cook it until it’s soft. Think eggplant, carrots, broccoli, leek, white cabbage or bell peppers. That’s 6 different options right there! You can eat pasta all week and never get bored!
Why the jam?
I eat sugar free now and that shit is expensive. So I make my own. And I kept forgetting to actually make it. So when I started cooking dinner I thought what’s another pot and greatness was born.
Can I have the jam recipe?
Sure: take a pot, throw in a kilo of frozen fruit, boil medium-low until it’s only half as much in volume (1+ hour), stir in 10-20 drops of Stevia. DONE.
Now for the real food.
Simple 3 person vegetarian pasta
- Heat up olive oil in pan.
- Cut onions any way you like (I did fine strips).
- Cut garlic very small.
- Add onions, garlic and salt to taste (1/2 tsp?) to hot pan.
- Add any optional dried herbs now as well.
- Fry onions and garlic at least until the onions are glazy (5 mins) and max until onions are browned.
- Start heating up salted water for the pasta.
- Cut zucchini any way you like (I quartered it in length and made fine strips).
- Add zucchini to hot pan and fry until soft (not too soft (10+ mins) or it will fall apart!!).
- Wash and cut the big tomatoes into little dice (literally the size of dice).
- Add tomatoes to hot pan with a splash (1/4 cup?) of water.
- Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to instructions (usually 8 mins).
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves or quarters.
- When the tomatoes in the sauce have mostly fallen apart: take the pan off the heat.
- Stir cherry tomatoes into the sauce along with any fresh herbs (like fresh basil) you were planning on using.
- Drain the pasta.
- Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. (Maybe also more basil, or oregano…)