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The Minimalist Kitchen: One Pot Pasta

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I’m currently crashing at my sister’s studio apartment. The “kitchen” I’m working with includes a tiny sink, a foot of counter space, and one hot plate. Despite the fact that I will be moving to bigger place soon, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will probably be dealing with tiny kitchens for the rest of my stay in this city. Hong Kong has so many amazing things to offer but alas, space is not one of them. I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog called The Minimalist Kitchen. I’ll be exploring what you can and can’t get away with in a seriously small kitchen. For those who are in my boat, hopefully I can share what I learn about doing more with much less.

I read about Martha Stewart’s One Pot Pasta on The Londoner. It’s elegantly simple and you need close to zero cooking skills to make it. You end up with a comforting pasta dish that tastes light and fresh, and is full of vegetables. It’s also a flexible recipe–I had some bell pepper I needed to use up so I threw them in as well. Best thing about this one pot pasta? The entire process of making a big batch will not take you more than twenty minutes!

Not only is this a great lazy or time-saving meal for people with normal-sized kitchens, this recipe is a life-saver for people who only have one burner. Sure, I can still make a normal pasta dish with one burner and just switch out pots or pans, but when you have no counter space, a one pot meal is amazingly convenient when it comes to avoiding kitchen accidents! I managed to burn through a plastic curtain with a very hot pot my first week here.

Oh, well. You live and you learn. And you learn that one pot pasta is awesome. Check out Martha Stewart’s Recipe and I’m sure this will become one of your go-to meals.

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