One Pot Pasta

Throw everything together in one pot and cook it. One Pot Pasta is an easy weeknight meal.
photo of a plate of one pot pasta with tomatoes and fresh basil

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

overhead photo of the ingredients in a pot

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!

overhead photo of a plate of pasta with a fork

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.
close-up photo of a forkful of pasta
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…
overhead photo of a plate of pasta

One Pot Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Throw everything together in one pot and cook it. One Pot Pasta is an easy weeknight meal.


  • 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 (see note)
  • 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.


  • For a more flavorful dish, I might try substituting chicken stock instead of water.
  • Slightly adapted from Lottie + Doof who adapted it from Martha Stewart Living
  • Nutrition estimate doesn't include the Parmesan cheese for garnish.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pasta
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Net Carbs 55g110%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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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