One-pot pasta

Photo: Lynn Andriani

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Step Two: Cook Everything in One (Just One!) Pot
Heat your biggest pot (an 8-quart stockpot works well) over high heat and drizzle some olive oil in. Just as it starts to simmer, add everything you've just chopped (plus the tomatoes), giving the vegetables some time to soften in the oil and develop more flavor. Then add the pasta and water. Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, so you see bubbles gently rising to the surface. Continue to cook for as long as the pasta package suggests, stirring every few minutes. Call everyone to the table because you're about a minute away now.