If you've spent any time at all on Pinterest in the last three months, you have no doubt seen Martha Stewart's One-Pot Wonder Pasta. I'm pretty sure that every single one of my friends has pinned this recipe. And for good reason - I made it about a month ago, and it was a huge hit with my whole family. It was also one of the easiest dinners I've ever made, which is an added bonus. I loved it so much in fact, that I began envisioning countless variations and iterations of the dish.
I started with this creamy lemon version. It is alfredo-esque, but lighter, and honestly, more flavorful. This creamy white wine and lemon sauce hits on all the major notes - creamy, salty, tart, and just a little spicy. I had originally planned to add shrimp and mushrooms to the final dish, but decided to keep it simple this time. I just served it with some roasted broccoli on the side, and it was such an easy and delicious meal.
I don't have much more to say about this one - it's so easy and tasty that I think it speaks for itself. Start off the week with some comfort food!
Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta
inspired by Martha Stewart
- 12 oz. dried pasta
- 2 cups thinly sliced onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 sprigs of fresh basil
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 Tbs lemon zest
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
In a large straight-sided skillet, combine the pasta, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, olive oil, salt, black pepper, water, milk, wine, and lemon zest.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, using tongs to turn and stir the pasta often. Boil until the noodles are al dente and most of the liquid has evaporated/been absorbed, 8-12 minutes.
Remove from heat, remove the sprigs of basil, and stir in the cream, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, stir again, and divide among bowls.
Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and basil, if desired.