So remember when the one-pot pasta craze hit Pinterest a few years ago? Me too. I made it, was amazed how easy and delicious it was and then proceeded to completely forget about it until about 3 days ago. Maybe you forgot about it too. Or questioned the science behind it. I’m here to tell you IT REALLY WORKS! If you are someone, who, after a long day wants to just various throw things into a big pot and sit down and drink some wine and have something magical come out 15 minutes later without a million dishes to wash, you have come to the right place.
If you are new to the world of one-pot pastas, here’s the lowdown. The noodles, veggies and sausage all cook together in broth, absorbing it so you don’t need to drain it. There are so many ways to customize this! I like going with a strong flavored sausage to spice up the dish and adding any other crispy, pasta-friendly veggies that are lurking in the fridge. It’s pretty much impossible to mess up.
So bust out a pot, chop up some veggies, and for heavens sake PLEASE take a before photo. Because this is the most photogenic uncooked pasta there is.
One pot pasta
Easy. Delicious. Photogenic. One pot pasta is delish !
- 16 ounces uncooked pasta
- 12 ounces cooked sausage, thinly sliced
- 3 cups tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups sweet peppers, diced
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 4 1/2 cups water or chicken broth (broth is better!)
- 1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
- A handful of fresh shredded basil
- 2-3 tablespoons of cream or milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add uncooked pasta, sausage, tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers and water or broth to a large dutch oven or stockpot and turn heat to high, bringing to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-high to continue a low boil for 9-11 minutes, until pasta is softened and most liquid has evaporated. Using tongs or pasta spoon, gently stir pasta while it is cooking.
Once pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in basil, parmesan and cream or milk.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.