Sat 8 Jan, 2005 02:59 am
Okay. I know cooks hate it when I make a "soup" in which to boil my pasta, but I think it tastes better.
Do you guys add anything to the water?
Incedentally, here's a recipe that I made up tonight (with some extra help from Paul Newman) in which I did that. It's really simple and tastes good so here it is if you want to try it:
Simple Basil Pasta with Chicken Recipe:
Take about ½ bag of swirly egg noodles
Boil them in water with the following ingredients:
A couple shakes of red wine vinegar
A little olive oil
A couple pinches of salt
A pinch of sugar
A splash of white wine.
Cook until done a little more than Al Dente, then toss with a bit of fresh butter.
Then, pour a small amount about 2 tbsp of Paul Newman's Bombolina tomato sauce on there and stir it in. It should just barely coat the pasta, lending a little color and a light sweet flavor.
(you can use the same - now drained - pan if you like)
Put a thin coating of olive oil in a pan and heat it on medium high heat
Add a thawed frozen or fresh chicken breast
About halfway though cooking, add a good amount of chopped basil and a little chopped rosemary (fresh is preferable, but you can also use that frozen stuff.)
Cook until lightly browned on both sides and not pink in the middle.
Slice the chicken and place it on top of the pasta, viola. Serve.
Keeps pretty well in the fridge.
Just salt. I sometimes throw pasta into my turkey/bean soup at the end but not always.
As long as I'm at it my husband loves this soup.
1 lb lean ground turkey or more (the packages from the store are 1.25 lbs)
1 yellow onion - chopped
1 stick celery - chopped
1 Tbs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
1 qt chicken broth
1 large can chopped tomatoes with juice
1 clove garlic - crushed
1 can cannelini beans
1 cup small pasta (optional)
saute the onion and celery in the olive oil. Add the thyme now if using dried, wait until later if using fresh. Brown the turkey (it won't get brown, just cooked), add the garlic, stir for a minute, add the tomatoes, broth and beans (and fresh thyme, if using). Bring to a slow boil then simmer for about 15 minutes, add pasta if using and continue simmering until the pasta is done.
It's quick, healthy, hearty, and delicious. It's almost stewlike in consistancy so you can use more broth if you want it soupier.