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One-Pot Pasta

So, this is not a new trend. It’s not even new to ME. But finally, after seeing it explode on Pinterest over the last few years, I decided I had to at least try the concept of “one-pot pasta,” also known as “putting a bunch of things into one large stockpot with your dry spaghetti and boiling it into dinner.” Was I skeptical? Of course! It can’t really be that easy, can it? Well, I’m here to tell you it can — I’m officially a one-pot pasta convert, and this won’t be the last one-pot recipe I’ll be sharing. Dig in!

By its very nature, this recipe is adaptable. I decided to start off with a pretty failsafe combo — basil, tomatoes, onions and sausage — and experiment from there. If you don’t have these exact ingredients, improvise! It’s hard to mess this one up.

One-Pot Pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. pasta (I used thin spaghetti)
  • 2-3 cups tomatoes, halved (I used grape tomatoes from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 package sausage, about 12 oz. (I used Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s, but you could use any flavor/variety), thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, sliced (or use 1 medium onion)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated pecorino cheese for serving (could also use parmesan; amount to taste)
  • 4 1/2 cups water

DIRECTIONS

In a large stockpot — I used my large Le Creuset enamel Dutch oven — add the spaghetti (I broke mine in half to fit in the pan), tomatoes, sliced sausage, fresh basil, garlic cloves, shallots and 4 1/2 cups of water, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Over medium-high heat, bring pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until the pasta is done and the water has reduced, approximately 10 minutes.

Stir in the grated cheese and serve!

img_5384   Don’t stress if there’s still a little unabsorbed water in the pan when you are done  cooking. It’ll help form a bit of a sauce when you add the cheese.

This dish reheats extremely well as leftovers. I drizzled olive oil (actually, garlic-infused flavor) in each tupperware before storing in the fridge so that it re-moistened easily in the microwave, and it worked like a charm!


Happy Wednesday, everyone ~ here’s to this dismal weather warming up soon.

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