Lifesaver Recipe: Easy One Pot Pasta

Do you ever find a recipe so good that you make it over and over? This One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta is one of those recipes for me. The first time I tried it, I loved it so much, that I made it again later that same week.

What I like so much about this recipe is that it’s very easy, I usually have the ingredients on hand, and most importantly, it’s super delicious. Basically, you throw all the ingredients into one pot – including the pasta – and cook everything together. It’s the perfect meal to make in summer when you don’t want to be standing over a hot stove.

One Pot Pasta with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

The recipe is easy to customize, as well. For the pictures shown, I used fire-roasted tomatoes in place of regular diced tomatoes, and I added about a cup of olives. I didn’t have fresh basil, so I used dried. When the pasta was cooked, I tossed everything together with some feta. It was so good!

One Pot Pasta with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

Here are some other ideas:

  • Use a large package of cherry tomatoes in place of the canned tomatoes.
  • Try other pasta shapes. I’ve used shells, and they worked great.
  • For a puttanesca style sauce, leave out the basil and oregano and add a 1/2 cup quartered kalamata olives and 2 tbsp. capers.
  • Replace the basil and oregano with dried thyme and add a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas.
  • Add a jar of marinated artichoke hearts to the pot along with the other ingredients. Toward the end of the cooking process, stir in a bag of baby spinach leaves.

The possibilities are endless!

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I made the original version yesterday! It was good, but I think next time I’m going to use less broth, it didn’t cook off enough. I’m wondering if it is because I used whole wheat pasta?

I wrote about this one too! I love your possibilities. I tried it with zucchini three days after I tried the original and it was delicious too. Next up is a caprese version. Such a great week night recipe.

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