Sarafina’s One-Pot Pasta

Sarafina's One-Pot Pasta|Sarafina's Kitchen

  • 16 ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, chopped or chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (I used 1 T lemon olive oil with 1 T regular – yum!)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water (or 3 cups of broth and 1 cup of white wine)
  • 2-3 small Parmesan rinds to add to the stock (for creaminess)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Combine everything into the pot but the grated Parmesan. Make sure the pasta lays flat.
  2. Bring to boil over high heat.
  3. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and top with grated Parmesan.

Sarafina's Kitchen | One-Pot Pasta

Sarafina's Kitchen | One-Pot Pasta

Salsa Roja

Adapted from the Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Style Salsa

Why I haven’t made my own salsa sooner is a mystery.  This is so easy and so…amazing.

Our cast of characters

You’ll need:

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies) (drained)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (or parsley, if you’re like me)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice

Drain the Rotel!

Pour the three cans of various tomatoes into the food processor.  Don’t drain the whole tomatoes, but do drain the Rotel.  Repeat after me, “Soupy salsa is baaaad.”



Ooo! Look at my pretty, sparkly, new, pro knife! (Thanks to Chef Ramsey for the recommendation).

Chop, chop.

Dice up the onion and garlic. (Not sure why I didn’t get a picture of the onion. You get the idea, though.)

No, this is not cilantro. (Because that stuff is evil.)

If you’re using cilantro or parsley either one, grab a handful and chop it up, too.

You put the lime in the...

Half a lime.  take a picture because it’s purdy.  Resist singing.

You spin me right round...

Put the veggies, salt, and cumin into your food processor.  Again, resist singing yet another song that will annoy your spouse, child, and pets.

Pulse it a for a minute or two until you get this lovely concoction:


Taste it several (i.e. 15) times to make sure it’s seasoned perfectly.

Spoon-worthy. (I mean, LADLE-worthy.)

Drool.  Slap away your hubby’s hand as he sticks a chip in before it’s ready.

Gaze upon it.  Plan what amazing foods you can pour it on.

Put the ladle away before someone gets hurt.

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