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3 Easy One-Pot Pasta Dishes for Single Ladies

Being single should never be an excuse not to cook. All the more, it should be the main reason to start cooking more often because of three main reasons: 

(a)  You have fewer dishes to wash, (b) it’s cheaper since you aren’t buying for more people, and (c) research shows that spending time in the kitchen, whether it’s cooking or baking, helps reduce stress and even heal broken hearts!

So instead of moping around and wondering why you’re single, let’s get you reaching for those pots and pans and start cooking these easy-to-prepare pasta recipes for the days when you feel like a master chef on a budget.

GARLIC CHICKEN PESTO PASTA – Cream-based

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2 inch strips

2 tablespoons garlic, chopped

½ tablespoon salt

½ tablespoon black pepper, freshly ground

¾ cup heavy cream

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup pesto cream

3 cups penne pasta, cooked and drained

¾ cup cherry tomato, halved

Parmesan cheese, to garnish

Fresh basil, chopped, to garnish (optional)

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper, cooking until chicken is browned.
  2. Then, mix in the heavy cream, parmesan, and pesto, stirring until evenly combined.
  3. Next, bring to a boil and cook until the sauce has reduced, which will take about five to seven minutes.
  4. Toss in the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat.
  5. To serve, sprinkle parmesan cheese and basil on top!
Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič – @specialdaddy on Unsplash

EASY SPICY TOMATO PASTA

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 lb. rigatoni (or any pasta you have on hand!)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 large yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 lb. uncooked hot Italian sausage

1/4 cup red wine (optional)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes (you could also use home-canned tomato sauce)

2 cups fresh arugula, chopped (optional)

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salty water until al dente. (prep all the sauce ingredients while the pasta cooks!)
  2. Drain cooked pasta in a colander and return the empty pot to the stove.
  3. Heat olive oil in the pot over medium heat until the oil shimmers.
  4. Add diced onion and minced garlic to oil and give it a stir. Let the onions cook until they are translucent and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to pot and stir to incorporate.
  6. Add Italian sausage to pot and break it up into clumps with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  7. Cook until the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  8. Add red wine to pot to deglaze. Scrape any drippings off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Don’t neglect the drippings – there’s a ton of flavor in there!
  9. Add balsamic vinegar and crushed tomatoes to sauce and stir to combine. Bring sauce to a simmer.
  10. Stir chopped arugula into sauce and remove sauce from heat. Give it a taste and add seasoning as necessary.
  11. Return the drained pasta to the pot and stir until sauce evenly coats the pasta. Serve immediately.
Photo by Bruna Branco on Unsplash

DRIED ANCHOVY PASTA – Oil-based

WHAT YOU NEED:

Linguine

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Dried anchovy fillet in oil (this comes in bottles some grocery stores, or you could always go for the cheaper alternative and purchase the actual dried fish from the market) 

½ cup Olive Oil

6 cloves Garlic

1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes

1 pinch Thyme

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Cook linguine in a large pot of salted, boiling water according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Heat the Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the anchovies, garlic, crushed red pepper, sundried tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Stir the mixture occasionally until the garlic is tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Mix to coat all the pasta strands with the sauce, adding the reserved pasta water if the mixture seems dry.
  5. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with extra thyme, and your choice of cheese. Serve!

And there you have it! Who knew cooking could be that fast and that easy? Comment below and let us know how these recipes turn out for you! We’ll be in the kitchen, grubbin’ 🙂

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