I’m always looking for a super simple dish that is also not super boring or bland. This One-Pot Pasta fits the bill. You cook your pasta, toppings, and spices all together in one pot. And in doing so, the base of the sauce is also created using what most Italian cooks utilize on a regular basis — the rich, delicious pasta water that we typically dump when the pasta is finished cooking.
The result is a sauce that is thick and flavorful, pasta that is perfectly cooked, and only one pot to clean up!
Sound too good to be true? I thought so too. But this is seriously one of the easiest dinners I’ve ever made, and is perfect for a busy weeknight.
A few tips to ensure success:
- We loved this dish, but my son was not a fan of all the onion, which was impossible to separate once the meal was cooked. You can use half an onion with no loss of flavor.
- The cook time will vary on the amount and type of pasta you use. Pay attention to both the doneness of the pasta and how much liquid remains.
- I love to garnish this dish with big slices of Parmesan as shown, but I also folded in a generous amount of grated before plating. The shredded cheese melds with the pasta cooking water to create that thick and creamy sauce, so don’t skimp on that cheese!
So if you have 10 minutes or so, why don’t you whip up this delicious dinner?
adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes: 4 servings
- 12 ounces whole wheat linguine
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs basil plus additional torn or chopped leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 1/2 cups water
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese (plus a few slices for garnish, optional)
- Combine all ingredients except cheese in a large pot or skillet. Make sure that the linguine is laying flat on the bottom, and break into smaller pieces if needed to do so.
- Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for 6-7 minutes, using tongs to stir and turn the pasta frequently.
- Adjust seasonings if necessary, toss with grated Parmesan, and serve immediately, topping with reserved basil leaves (and slices of Parmesan cheese, if desired).