9 minute Linguini with Grape Tomatoes-Better than Airline Food


The only predictability in life is its unpredictability

9 minute linguine3

Some time back I tried a 1-pot pasta dinner and it was pretty good, you know one of those dump, simmer and serve type things, but it was a lot and we ate out of that pot of pasta for a few days.  I came across another similar recipe on Food 52 and decided that it was perfect for two as a quick dinner  or four as a “primo” course.  Very adaptable as far as the herbs go as I tossed in some fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, and fresh oregano along with the fresh basil.  I halved the original recipe…

9 minute linguini and grape tomatoes 3

A great dish if you have an overload of cherry or grape tomatoes.  For me, a final healthy dose of freshly grated parm and Romano cheeses and pinches of red pepper flakes.  Serve with a garden salad and garlic bread.

9 minute linguini 3

  • 12  ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces  grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf, fresh if possible
  • several fresh oregano leaves
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water-half the recipe, half the water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan and Romano cheese, for serving and pinches of red pepper flakes


  1. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, herbs, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (the linguine should lay flat).
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs or a fork, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with olive oil and Parmesan.