Make this fresh pasta dish that only takes 15 minutes, from the beloved recipe developer
There are home cooks who embrace spontaneity, eschew recipes, and thrive with a “oh, I just tossed this together” vibe. Then there are fans of J. Kenji López-Alt, for whom no dish is too simple for precise directions and exacting technique.
As the managing culinary director of Serious Eats and author of The Food Lab (which grew out of a column on Serious Eats by the same name), López-Alt’s approach is scientific: He embraces the recipe development process, not just recipes per se, and why a recipe works the way it does. That’s why his writing focuses so much on techniques and explanations; as he told Eater back in 2016, “You can follow the recipes as written, but I like to think of it more as handing someone a map that lets them then decide their own path.”
Which is also why Kenji’s gained a reputation for tackling down some of the simplest dishes and foods — chocolate chip cookies, boiled eggs — and breaking them down into their precise, technical elements. The cooking expert is joining Eater’s Instagram Live to demo a simple pasta recipe, requiring only five ingredients and a total 15 minutes to prepare. Tune in Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET — and before you do, grab the ingredients below so you can cook alongside Kenji.
Five-Ingredient, 15-Minute Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of fresh garlic
2 ripe beefsteak or 4 Roma tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil
200g (7 ounce) of pasta (like spaghetti or rigatoni)
You’ll also need:
A 12-inch skillet
A 3-quart saucier (or a medium saucepan or 10-inch skillet)
A box grater
A mortar and pestle (optional)
Cheese like pecorino Romano or Parmesan for serving, if you want
And tune in on Instagram Live on Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. ET as Kenji demos the recipe.