I’ve often seen those Martha Stewart style images of one-pot spaghetti meals where you just throw all the ingredients in a pan, stroll off and build a set of solar panels out of used bicycle parts, knit a sweater for a cat in need, then return to the kitchen to a perfectly prepared hassle-free meal. I did not believe this was possible, so thought I’d give it a go.
I decided to switch out the solar panels and cat outfit activities for reading the paper, whilst I drank a sherry. I know my limits. I upped the garlic and chilli quite a bit from the original recipe, doubled the onion and added a pepper. I also used a veggie stock cube. You may not be able to get your hands on such a thing, but you could sub half the water for stock, just to deepen the flavor.
I threw in some mozzarella just before serving, mostly because it wouldn’t last another day in the refrigerator.
It worked well, and it was quick and easy. Next time I think I’ll throw in a couple of handfuls of spinach too, and maybe a sliced zuchinni, just to up the veggies to pasta ratio.
Nobody ever shows you what it should look like when it’s finished, so here’s mine. I’m not sure that’s how it should look, but it’s how it did look.