Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 15 mins

Quick, easy, tasty, perfect after a long day of work (whatever you do). Cooking pasta in this way is someone elses idea and I can't remember who's...Please tell me...someone! :( Test the pasta occasionally and drain it when it's at your preferd "hardness" or "softness", I refuse to eat anything that is not al-dente, but in spain they serve it all mushy (ick!).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil water in a large pan, add pasta, return to boil and turn off the heat, leave for 15 minutes (it really does work!).
  2. While you are awaiting for the pasta heat a wok or a frying pan and add the oil and.
  3. Fry onions'till the're"limp", add the butter.
  4. Stir-fry until the onions have gone golden.
  5. Add green peppers and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  6. Add red peppers and fry for another 2 minutes (I like crispy peppers, if you like yours limp the use more time and add the peppers earlier in the cooking).
  7. Add basil and pine nuts.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Test the pasta to see if its done, if its not then boil the water up again and it will be.
  10. Strain pasta and add to the vegetables, mix and serve.
  11. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  12. Use parmesano Reggiano for top quality taste.


Most Helpful

Found her!!! it was chef Tara that posted on the BB about this method of cooking pasta, ir really does work... It depends on the pasta you are cooking, keep an eye on it, it will take between 10 and 20 minutes for your pasta to be al dente... she is chef number 12118, named Tara :)) thanks tara!

Samuel Holden October 22, 2001

I made this with raddiatore pasta, no olive oil, lots of butter, and this could become my new comfort food!

Mirj November 18, 2001

This was very delicious and easy. My daughter, who is starting to like pastas with veggies, enjoyed this. I really loved the fresh basil in the dish. Roxygirl in Colo.

Roxygirl in Colorado April 13, 2005

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