Easy One-Pot Pasta | Cozy & Healthy 20 Minute Dinner!

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This Easy One-Pot Pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner – uncooked pasta, veggies, and sauce combine and cook together in one pot in only 20 minutes!

One-Pot Pasta. Also known as the ultimate cozy weeknight dinner because it’s quick, easy, satisfying, and easy to pack with veggies. Plus, cleanup is a breeze 😉 Let’s get into it…

close up photo of cooked one pot pasta with wooden spoon

INGREDIENTS FOR ONE-POT PASTA

This 20-minute meal comes together with only a few key (and affordable!) ingredients:

  • Dry Pasta (yes, uncooked)
  • Pasta Sauce 
  • Water 
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Veggies! 

I decided to use a combination of tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach for my pasta, but you can really use whatever you have on hand! Take some away, add extra ones in – you do you, boo.

ingredients for one pot pasta arranged in cooking pan before cooking on marble background

HOW TO MAKE ONE-POT PASTA

The secret to success in one pot pasta is cooking the dry pasta with just the right amount of water in order for the noodles to cook completely – without leaving any extra liquid behind. Luckily I’ve done all the work for you, and all you need to do is follow the (very, very easy) recipe!

  1. Pour the pasta on the bottom of the pot or pan
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until the pasta is al-dente
  4. Serve and enjoy!

pan of cooked one pot pasta with red sauce on marble background

THE BEST NOODLES FOR ONE-POT PASTA

This One Pot Pasta can be made with both gluten-free and gluten-full noodles, but I would recommend using shorter shapes over longer ones, like spaghetti. Longer noodles are harder to stir and tend to stick together more while they cook. Shorter noodles can be stirred immediately (which is important) and and often as needed – no need to wait until they soften.

If you do opt for gluten-free noodles, I have found that brown rice pasta seems to work the best, followed by other corn + grain blends. Bean and lentil-based pastas fall apart in one pot recipes and release more starch, which leads to a gummier final product.

bowl of cooked one pot pasta next to pan of pasta on marble background

I LOVE this One-Pot Pasta recipe because it’s fuss-free, easy, and downright delicious!  I personally think that one-pot noodles taste better too. Because they’re simmering in our actual sauce (and with our veggies) instead of just pasta water, they have at least double the flavor! I also like how the pasta releases a little starch as it cooks, which helps to make our sauce nice, thick, and creamy.

If you’re looking for more one-pot pasta recipes, you’ll also love this One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff, this One Pot Pumpkin Pasta, and this One Pot Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

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Easy One-Pot Pasta

This Easy One-Pot Pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner – uncooked pasta, veggies, and sauce combine and cook together in one pot in only 20 minutes!

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces dry pasta*, gluten-free or regular
  • 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped and quartered 
  • 3 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cup pasta sauce of choice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Add the uncooked pasta to a large pot (or pan with deep sides). Add the remaining ingredients – except for the spinach – and mix well. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and cook the pasta for 10-14 minutes, until al-dente. Stir the mixture every 2 minutes to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pan. (Note: cooking times will vary based on the type of pasta used. I suggest you start to check for doneness based on the minimum cook time on the package instructions)
  3. Turn the heat off and fold the spinach into the pasta. Once the spinach has wilted, divide the pasta into serving bowls and top as desired. This recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Pasta: this recipe will work both gluten-free and gluten-full pasta, so use what works for you! I suggest you use shorter pasta shapes (such as penne, rotini, shells, marcaroni) over longer noodles as they cook more evenly in this method. If you are using gluten-free pasta, I have found that brown rice pasta works best.
  • Vegetables: feel free to add, subtract, or substitute any of the veggies here!

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  1. I loved this recipe! I’m trying to transition to vegan so this was a perfect meal to start with!

    1. That’s exciting! Thank you for trying my recipe, Mikaela and good luck on the journey to being Vegan!

  2. Great recipe. I used whole wheat pasta and at the end I added 5 leaves of fresh basil (chopped) along with the spinach. SO GOOD! SO EASY!

  3. This recepie sounds all really good, I’d love to try.
    Can i use diced tomatoes instead? . It is winter here in Australia and tomatoes are a bit expensive atm. Thanks

  4. Hi! This recipe sounds amazing! Would it be possible to substitute the regular pasta noodles for zucchini noodles instead? Can you provide some tips on how much water to add, or if I would have to cook the zoodles a bit longer or even reduce the cook time prior to adding the rest of the vegetables?

    1. Hi, Janojah! For Zucchini noodles, you can substitute them cooking them in the pasta sauce instead of boiling them as you would real noodles. Or sauté them for a few minutes, then top with sauce.