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One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

When I saw this recipe a few months ago, I was very skeptical.  I mean, I have never seen a pasta dish cooked in 1 pot, without even having to strain the pasta.  However, if Martha Stewart is putting it in her magazine as an ‘amazing’ recipe, then I am going to believe that the people over there have tested it out and approved.  So, I added it to my menu plan a few weeks ago and never looked back.  A great thing about this recipe is that it’s likely you already have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.  It’s also very inexpensive, doesn’t use a lot of ingredients, and it’s done in under 30 minutes, which, in my book, classifies it as a quick meal.

Like I said, I was skeptical, but as this was cooking, it was literally filling my house with a delicious aroma, and it looked so good.  Not only did it look good though, it tasted ‘amazing’ , just as Martha Stewart said.  By cooking the pasta in the vegetable broth, it really took on a nice flavor and it came out with a super different texture (the pasta).  It wasn’t hard, yet it wasn’t mushy…it was pasta perfection.  I still think it’s crazy that you just throw everything into the pot and let it do it’s thing…but it works, trust me!  I have eaten a lot of pasta in my 29 years, and this was good….really good.

I’ll probably be cooking this once every couple weeks, that’s how good it was.  Try this now, you won’t regret it. 

One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

Speaking of One Pot pastas, you HAVE to get yourself a skillet/pot like the one I have – it’s amazing. No longer do I have to use a HUGE pot, and then worry about washing it, nor do I have to squeeze everything into my shallow sided skillet and have the sauce bubble over – this high side skillet is seriously made for these one pot pasta dishes. The cleanup is a breeze too – you can toss it in the dishwasher, but I really prefer to hand wash because it takes 15 seconds max, and then it doesn’t cramp up my dishwasher!

One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta
  1. 12 ounces linguine pasta (however, I think you could just do the 16oz box and be fine)
  2. 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used fire roasted for a little kick)
  3. 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
  4. 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  5. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or a lot more if you like it spicy!)
  6. 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  7. 2 large sprigs basil, chopped
  8. 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  9. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  10. Parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
  2. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.
  1. I ended up cooking mine for a total of around 20 minutes. I brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer until almost all the 'sauce' was soaked up into the noodles. There was a tiny bit left, which in my opinion was the perfect amount. This time is really going to depend on how low/high you have the simmer. Watch it closely.
  2. You can add other veggies to this as well, and probably even add meat if you don't want to leave it out. However, this dish was perfect with the above ingredients, so try it out!
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One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

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  1. This really looks yummy! I pinned it (my printer suddenly is being stubborn) and will make it as soon as I get some veggie broth. Thanks for sharing all the details. I’m like you – a little skeptical about cooking it all together. But, if you say it works, then it’s no problem. :-) Thanks for sharing your test run.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  2. Love anything in ONE pot, and to not have to strain it is even better… Pinning 😉

  3. IT WORKS!!! I MADE IT FRIDAY NIGHT!!! My guys loved it! I did make some adjustments but just some personal preferences no big changes!

    • Yay! So happy it worked out for you! Next time I am going to try to use fresh tomatoes and more veggies!

  4. This looks like one we’ll have to try. Hope all is well with you guys! Been traveling a LOT so not up to date on reading your blog.

  5. Ciao! Da italiana ti posso dire che cucino spesso anche io in questo modo, e la pasta è sempre molto saporita. Puoi provare anche la pasta con i legumi, è davvero ottima! In inverno puoi fare il piatto un po’ più brodoso, così ti riscaldi, mentre in estate lo fai più asciutto :) Io amo soprattutto la lenticchia e i fagioli, ma anche con i ceci è ottima! buon appetito!
    Saluti da Roma

    • For those of you who don’t speak Italian this is what is said above: Hello! From Italian I can tell you that I often cook in this way, and the pasta is always very tasty. You could also try the pasta with the vegetables, it tastes great! In winter, you can make the dish a little ‘more soupy, so you warm, while in summer you do more dry :) I especially love the lentils and beans, but also with chickpeas is excellent! bon appetit!
      Greetings from Rome

      Thanks for the suggestions!!!

  6. This looks delicious! I love any recipe that includes fresh basil :). Definitely going to try this soon. Thanks for posting!
    -Audrey @ http://www.therealitiesofparenting.com

  7. One pot: love! :-)
    your tomato basil pasta looks delicious Allyson!

  8. Pinning and making next week! YUM!

  9. I love Italian! And I love that it’s one pot. Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty.

  10. I’m back because I want to tell you I made this for dinner tonight, and it was a big hit! I added chicken and used some of my fresh oregano and basil. This is a keeper, for sure, so easy and is made with things I usually have on hand. A great quick, emergency dinner. Thank you! :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  11. This looks yummy! I love that it’s made in one pot, because I really hate doing dishes. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Fluster Buster’s Creative Muster Party! Looking forward to seeing what you’re going to link up next week.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  12. I guess if Martha can do it so can we? I’ll have to give this a try. Sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend?

    We’re having a Burger Bash June 29 – July 3 to get ready for the 4th. Come on over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  13. If it tastes half as good as it looks, it’ll be delicious. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  14. I love tomato basil ANYTHING! And when the garden comes in, this will be a perfect use for the tomatoes!

  15. Melissa says:

    Love it, but would like to know calories for each serving. thanks.

  16. Michelle N says:

    Made it with cavatappi, chicken broth and added spinach…Came out awesome;)

  17. Jacques M, Montreal Canada says:

    Loved it !
    it’s a great base to make all kinds of other dish.
    We added baby clams to the mix….it was delicious.
    FYI : I just added a tablespoon of Corn starch to thicken the broth

    • That sounds like a great addition! Did you let the broth cook down for a while? After I let it cook down for 20 minutes there was barely any broth left! If it seemed soupy though, that was smart to add the cornstarch!

  18. Susanne says:

    This is a make again in our house…quick, easy and good!


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