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May 28, 2013 11:14 AM

crazy pasta recipe?

In the new Martha Stewart Living there is a recipe where you put dry uncooked spaghetti, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, water & basil in a pot & cook it all together so the pasta cooks & a sauce forms. Has anyone tried this?

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  1. Sounds like a risotto. I wonder if this works too.
    It just goes against my held theories of cooking pasta, namely, no oil while cooking, to al dente, and adding the sauce to finish the pasta at the end.

    1. Yes, I've done versions of this, taking a handful of dried pasta, garlic, oil, and assorted random vegetables and/or meat products, adding some water, and cooking it all together. It takes some watching and futzing, because you need to keep adding bits of water as the pasta cooks, but in general, it works pretty well. The final product is different than if you cooked pasta separate, made a sauce in another pan, and then combined the two. Here, it's a bit starchier, thicker final product. Under some circumstances, this method works very well.

      1. I do it with broken bits of thin spaghetti, but add stock instead of water. I brown the pasta in olive oil first (oil in which I've already sauteed at least onions and garlic, which are reserved and added later). I gradually add the stock as one would with risotto. It needs attention, but every strand is full of flavor.

        1. I have not tried that one but I have made Cook's Illustrated Skillet Lasagna numerous times and it's sort of the same. Like foreverhungry mentioned, it has a different consistency than pasta cooked in plain water, but it's still good.

          1. Iv'e made American Chop Suey like that. Along these lines, only I don't sautee the macaroni first.