Wednesday, September 4, 2013

late-night pasta


From the comments and emails I've been getting from y'all, it looks like we all need more quick and easy dinners for the always-busy fall months. So here we are!

This is not only quick and easy, it's also one of my absolute favorite dinners. The simplicity is what makes it so good. It's totally family-friendly, but also feels a little special (the egg addition really makes it). Chances are you have these ingredients lying around already, so you can whip it up in no time at all (hence the name). So what are you waiting for?

Late-Night Pasta (adapted from Martha Stewart)
serves 2

you'll need:
6 oz. spaghetti or tagliolini
olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper, plus more for serving
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (or sub Parmesan, if you prefer)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
Kosher salt

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt well, add pasta and cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat a  tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until onion begins to soften.

While onion is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over low heat. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until whites are just set, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and red pepper flakes to skillet with and onion and stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup pasta water to the skillet. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Add 3 tablespoons butter and reduce heat to low. Add cheese and toss until well-combined.

Divide pasta between 2 bowls. Top with egg and parsley. Add some cracked black pepper, and devour!

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34 comments:

  1. It's 9.46 pm here, does that count as late? Please say yes!

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  2. I make some variation of this and it is so good. There's almost nothing better and more satisfying than a big bowl of pasta, with an egg on top! The weather is changing and I'm totally starting to crave heartier food and hot meals.

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  3. So you're sayin that its totally ok to eat a large bowl of pasta at like 1am.. Good so I don't feel bad about my light night dining anymore.. and now I have a new recipe to add to it. Yum!

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  4. I love some late night meals... sometimes we don't eat until 10PM and 11PM and by that time we're all feeling lazy! Thanks for this!

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    1. We're late eaters as well... hope you enjoy this!

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  5. Oh yes. I could totally get behind this any time of day! Looks so delicious, Marie!

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  6. Wow, what an interested pasta dish, sounds sooooo good! I never had egg with pasta, OMG that makes me think I should make a breakfast pasta dish! YUMMM!

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    1. I could definitely do this for breakfast!

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  7. Quick but delicious dinners are so important this time of year! This looks perfect!

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  8. ths is perfect idea of my dinner..

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  9. Egg on pasta?? Yes, please!! That is a genius idea :).

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    1. Everything is better with an egg on top!

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  10. I always mean to make pasta carbonara bc I love the idea of runny egg in pasta! This sounds fab!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! You should definitely give it a try!

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  11. This sounds like the perfect late-night meal! Love the simplicity of this Marie. Thanks for sharing.

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thanks, Anne! Simple meals are always the best ones!

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  12. Mmm, the egg on top totally makes this dish!

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  13. Quick and easy dinners are always the best! I want this now!

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  14. Perfect recipe! I love how simple it seems and how I have all the recipes on hand. That is the best thing about recipes.

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    1. Yes, having everything on hand is the best feeling!

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  15. This is gorgeous - If you hear a knock on your door at 3am - you know it's me looking for a plate of THIS!!

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    1. Haha! Would be happy to make it for you, Colleen! :)

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  16. This is gorgeous - If you hear a knock on your door at 3am - you know it's me looking for a plate of THIS!!

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  17. This is gorgeous - If you hear a knock on your door at 3am - you know it's me looking for a plate of THIS!!

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