Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rainy Days in Washington

It's the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up under a quilt with a good book.  Drippy, cool wet weather....the stuff Washington is famous for.

But it's also the perfect weather for cooking up "one pot spaghetti", a recipe from my friend, Karen.

This recipe is so simple, quick and uses only one pot.  I'll share it with you here: 

One Pot Spaghetti   

12 oz pasta of your choice
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 lg sweet onion cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or chopped
1/2 t red pepper flakes
2 t dried oregano leaves (I zapped fresh in the microwave for 2 min)
2 lg sprigs basil, chopped (I had frozen from last year's batch)
4 1/2 c vegetable broth   (regular broth NOT low sodium)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish

-In large soup pot add uncooked pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil.
-Add vegetable broth.
-Sprinkle pepper flakes and oregano on top.
-Drizzle with oil.
-Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to low simmer and keep covered.
-Cook about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so.
- Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – leaving about an inch of liquid in bottom of pot  but you can reduce as desired.
-Season with salt and pepper; stir pasta several times to distribute liquid in bottom of pot.

These are my notes added:  I added julienned zucchini and peppers as well as some hot Italian sausage and shrimp (pretty much kills the kosher aspect of this fine recipe)  

And as you can see, both cats have given their approval of the half a comforter on the bed.

Long Live the Raining Queen


  1. also jealous of the wet, rainy weather, too!

  2. Mmmmmm, pasta is my favorite food, and your recipe looks delicious. I sometimes just cook up the pasta, drain it and put in some butter and garlic powder. Yum Yum. Then I pig out (sort of). lol. George and Gracie look oh so comfy. My Pogo is doing the exact same thing here. He loves cuddling up into blankets. But then we do too. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  3. Glad you liked the one pot recipe. I didn't believe it would work but glad it did. I always like less clean up.

  4. That sounds like my kind of day, cool & rainy, with books, a comforter, and comfort food. Enjoy! Hug.