Simple pasta recipes are among my favorite. Not only are they easy to make, they require fewer ingredients, which means I can usually pull it off even when my groceries are beginning to dwindle.
Not only that, I find that simple pasta dishes allow the ingredients to do all the talking—thin slivers of garlic that toast into golden nuggets in the sizzling oil, cherry tomatoes that burst into a sweet broth, and bright punches of basil to round the dish off.
I love this pasta dish so much, I actually included it as part of the rehearsal dinner for my wedding in Rome. I was cautioned by my husband’s Roman cousins that this “dish is for children!” and not fancy enough for the affair, but believe it or not, it was the undisputed HIT of the party. My father—a pasta-holic—actually had thirds. I’m confident that this simple pasta recipe will become a staple in your kitchen and your family will be grateful for it! So give it a try!
Other Pasta Dishes To Try
- 1 box spaghettti
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic mined or sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 turns white wine
- 5-6 leaves basil
- 1 Tablespoon capers
- Begin boiling water with a healthy pinch of salt for pasta.
- In the meantime, over medium high heat, add olive oil in a large pan. Add garlic and cook until edges just start to brown (don’t wait too long; else it will burn and your life will be ruined, ruined I say).
- Add tomatoes, capers, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- After tomatoes have cooked for a minute, add white wine (I added two turns of the pan).
- Let it all come to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer while your pasta cooks.
- Once your pasta is al dente (save your pasta water!), add to the pan of sauce and incorporate.
- Add more salt as needed. If it starts to get dry, add a ladle of pasta water, one scoop at a time until you achieve a creamy consistency. Sprinkle with torn bits of basil and serve.