pasta all'-amatraciana: a tutorial and a workout
What can you make for dinner in fifteen? Pasta with homemade tomato sauce, that's what!
Put on your running shoes and jog over to the pantry. Most of the stuff you need is in there. Grab it and GO! Jog back to the stove. With back straight, inhale and bend your knees. Now, open the drawer or cabinet and pick out two pots... Remember to breathe through your nose.
Dice these three things and set aside: a small onion, two cloves of garlic and a handful of pitted kalamata olives. Keep your back straight as you chop the onion and garlic. And breathe! Tear up a few leaves of fresh herbs, whatever you've got, whatever you like... basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme.
Throw a pound of any kind of pasta, besides angel hair, (too skinny,) into the boiling, salted water. Stir it well before you get distracted making the sauce.
Dump the whole thing into the sauce, mixing it together. The pasta will continue to cook. Taste for seasoning. If you need to loosen it up, add a little of that wonderful, starchy pasta water. Jog in place while the flavors in the pot get to know one another. Throw on some parmesan cheese, drizzle a little olive oil over and serve.
Whew, that was fast... You feel good and you look good!
And so does that pasta;)