One Pot Pasta

Throw everything together in one pot and cook it. One Pot Pasta is an easy weeknight meal.

If you’re looking for an easy homemade weeknight meal, this is it.

What I really like about this recipe is that you cook everything together at the same time. Some one pot pasta recipes just mean that everything is cooked in the same pot, and while that saves dishes, it isn’t nearly as easy as just cooking it all in one step. For this recipe, you add all the ingredients together at once. Then you just boil until the water is gone. And ta-da! Pasta for dinner!

I’ve been wanting to try making One Pot Pasta. I first came across the idea from Mary’s post on This Tasty Life. Last week, I was reminded of it again when I read an article on Buzzfeed, which then led me to Lottie + Doof’s post for One Pan Pasta (originally adapted from Martha Stewart Living).

This was a very simple dish. If you like your pasta dishes to be very saucy, this is not it.

I would have liked it to have a little more flavor. Next time I might add some ground beef or turkey to add some flavor. While writing up this post, I noticed that the recipe Mary used actually used chicken stock instead of water, which also sounds like it will make it more flavorful. While this isn’t the best pasta, it was easy and pretty tasty and works great for a quick weeknight meal.

Now I want to experiment with more one pot pasta variations…

One Pot Pasta


10 oz uncooked spaghetti
12 oz grape tomatoes, halved
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 sprigs of basil + additional for garnish
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp onion powder
4 1/2 cups water (next time I might try chicken stock instead)
shredded parmesan cheese (for garnish)


1. Add all ingredient into a large pot or oversized skillet (I used my 3 quart dutch oven).
2. Turn stove to high heat and bring ingredients to a boil. Continue to cook until liquid is nearly evaporated (about 10 minutes). Dish out and serve with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Slightly adapted from Lottie + Doof who adapted it from Martha Stewart Living

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4 comments on “One Pot Pasta”

  1. I think the chicken stock makes a big difference. The recipe I had said to use regular stock (not low sodium) but I ignored that since I used homemade stock and I’d rather control the salt content myself! I love the tomatoes you added, it makes it look so bright and fresh. I might try that next time instead of adding the canned diced tomatoes.

    • I imagine the stock is better too. I assumed the recipe you used was the same as the other one I found because the description and the way the pastas looked, so I didn’t realize the chicken stock until I was writing up the post. doh! well I didn’t have that much chicken stock sitting in my pantry anyway. But now I know for next time.

  2. I love this dish and make it ALL the time! But like you, I like my pasta dishes a little more saucy and flavorful. So what I do is cook some ground Italian sausage and mix in a little Mexican cream. Then just mix the meat in with your pasta. Sooo yummy!

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