Fried pasta is a perfect side dish and for me it can be a main dish also – crispy & soft pasta almost drives me crazy. In Russia we sometimes boil a lot of pasta and then store it in a fridge, using as a quick garnish. Some like to fry it. But what should one do if there’s no precooked pasta? Use pan, colander, frying pan and then waste time washing them? No it’s no sanuk, and furthermore no sabai (as Thais would say).
That’s why I’ve thought of one pan pasta method. You will need only a frying pan with lid. This amount can be used for 1 or 2 portions; it depends on the amount of main dish and the hunger of guest.
- 100 g of any short pasta
- 220 ml of water
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp of dried basil leaves or thyme (or any other spices that will be in harmony with main dish)
- Oil for frying
1. Put all ingredients in a frying pan (oil – 1 tbsp), cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, stir, put the lid back and simmer (see the time of cooking on the package of your pasta + 2 min).
2. Uncover the pan, using medium or medium-high heat reduce the excess liquid constantly stirring.
3. Add 2 tbsp of oil, stir to cover every piece of pasta with oil and fry, occasionally stirring, until pasta becomes golden or brown (at your taste).