The summer weather has certainly been lingering on, but this past rainy and chilly weekend did get me thinking about, and excited for, all the comforting, hearty dishes of fall. To ease the transition from barbecue to comfort food, here is a super easy one-pot pasta meal for your first autumn dish.


  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces, or prosciutto (optional)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese


  1. Peel and thinly slice red onion. Crush, or finely chop, garlic cloves.
  2. Halve cherry tomatoes.
  3. To a large skillet, add all ingredients except goat cheese, including the water.
  4. Bring water to a boil and leave skillet uncovered. Once the water comes to a full boil, set timer to 9 minutes. Continuously stir the pasta every few minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Test the pasta at 9 minutes and it should be al dente and nearly ready to enjoy!
  6. Divide the pasta among bowls, and top with crumbled goat or feta cheese before serving.



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