When I ask my kids what they want for dinner, I already know they’ll answer, “Noodles!” Pasta is our happy place, and clearly we’re not alone. Around the globe, from soba to spaghetti, home cooks know that noodles are the beginning of endless nourishing dinner possibilities. Best of all, many of the most appealing recipes can be made in minutes. For instance, at OHMS Cafe & Bar, an upscale bistro in historic downtown Amarillo, chef Mary Fuller’s Linguine with Fresh Basil and Brie has been a staple since 1992. It’s the perfect lazy-days-of-summer recipe that you can assemble in the time it takes for the water to come to a boil.
Handful of fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 pound dry linguine
2 Roma tomatoes, diced into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, combine the basil, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and pulse on the chop setting to combine. (The mixture doesn’t need to be smooth.) Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl.
3. When the water is boiling, add the linguine and cook according to package instructions until it’s al dente.
4. Drain and immediately toss the hot noodles with the basil mixture, tomatoes, Brie, Parmesan, pepper and salt to taste, until cheese begins to melt.
5. Serve with an additional drizzle of olive oil, if desired.