Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

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Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

I really love pasta! When we're scheduled for a run, my husband and I carbo-load with rich servings of semolina pasta. Of course, I cook the dressing or the pasta sauce to do away with artificial flavors and seasonings.

In this post I'd like to share with you my pasta sauce recipe. You don't have to open a can of tomato sauce or a pack of tomato paste for this one. It's all natural! Here's how.

Ingredients in cooking pasta with fresh basil:
- chicken breast, cut in strips
- generous amounts of fresh holy basil, de-stemmed, thoroughly washed and chopped
If you're buying from the grocer's, make sure you don't grab the sweet basil. Holy basil is the one without the tangy aroma of lemongrass. The two look alike, so make sure you get the right kind of basil.
Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

- cherry tomatoes, cut in halves

Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

- generous amounts of garlic, crushed
- olive oil, (extra virgin, is preferred)
- powdered basil
- fish sauce
- dried paprika
- powdered chili

Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

- hot water
- pasta

Let's start cooking pasta with fresh basil.
1. Cook the pasta. Here's how to cook pasta like a pro. I promise you, you'll have a flavored pasta even without the sauce yet.
2. Set aside until later.
3. Put a generous amount of olive oil in a hot pan.
Olive oils are healthy fats so don't worry about your heart. It's actually good for you.
4. Saute' a portion of garlic into the pan.
5. Cook the chicken when the garlic turns golden.
6. When cooked, set aside the chicken for later.
7. Season the chicken with fish sauce and pepper as it sits.
8. Using the same pan, saute' the rest of the garlic with the dried paprika.

If you want a less spicy dish, add the paprika in the latter steps.

9. Put in the tomatoes. Stir well until they release their juice.
10. Cover the pan for about 5 minutes while under medium heat.
11. When the tomatoes are soft and juicy, add the flavored chicken.
12. Add the fresh basil.

At this point, you can put the paprika in if you hadn't yet in step 8.

Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

13. Lower the heat to low-med.
14. Add some hot water. The pasta will absorb these liquids when you put it in later.
15. Season the mixture with powdered basil, chili and fish sauce.
16. Increase heat to med-high to bring the mixture to a boil.
17. Once it boils, put the heat back to low.
18. Add in the pasta.
19. Mix well to evenly distribute the sauce.
20. Serve while hot.

Cooking Pasta with Fresh Basil

Cooking pasta with fresh basil is inspired by the fusion of Italian and Asian cuisine here in Bangkok. It's a refreshing way to do your pasta.

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  1. It's 1:57 in the morning and I'm getting hungry because of this post. Kahit anong luto basta pasta, gusto ko. Good morning from the Philippines. :-)

  2. Looks yummy. Mostly I eat noodles since I'm a Chinese, so mostly we prepare easy chinese recipe at home. I'll try this at home, and let's see if my family will like it. Thanks

  3. I really love basil. I still can remember when my former boss offers me a basil with olive oil sandwich spread and it was really good. For sure this recipe, having basil leaves, is awesomeness.

  4. Wow.. the cooking, the ingredients are all Italian. Sometimes, I had so much Italian food but still I come back for more with every Italian restaurant here in Riyadh. Just like this restaurant called Vapiano in Riyadh, keep coming back.

  5. This is an easy step by step way to make pasta.

  6. oh my! pasta!! WE always have pasta since my husband is a westerner pasta is a must at home!! the easiest for us also! we both love holy basil as well! a lot of them in thailand food! xx

  7. Good job on this! Looks like a pro really!

  8. great healthy recipe.. i love that the sauce wasn't from the can! :)

  9. Oh my, I so love pasta! This recipe will come in handy. Somebody special's birthday is coming up soon ... :)

  10. WOW! I hope I could cook that pasta too sometime soon. ^_^

  11. This is a must try at home recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love basil and other spices to my pasta.They makes wonder to our dishes.

  13. super like a pro! :) id like to try and cook this!!! :)

    Rovie, The Bargain Doll

  14. The presentation looks good, pasta's one of my favorite stuff ever so I'm really excited to try this. Hope the recipe is as easy as it looks.


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