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One Pot Pasta! Dinner in about 30 minutes

Over the years I have always been on the lookout for easy, quick recipes that don’t make a bunch of dishes.  And lo and behold, I end up finding one on the Martha Stewart website.  I have used this recipe on a couple of occasions where I didn’t have much time and wanted a hearty, tasty, and easy meal.  One pot, and all of it is cooked at the same time.

I have modified a bit, but the original recipe is located on the Martha Stewart website, located here.


  • 12 oz Thin Spaghetti noodles
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (fresh is always better)
  • 1/2 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 sprigs basil, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 links of garlic sausage
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


Step 1

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and vegetable broth in a large cast iron dutch oven, bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Step 2

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish. Serve with oil and Parmesan (I omitted, as I’m trying to be somewhat healthy).

Also, please don’t mind the photo, although it looks a little blah the flavor in this dish is amazing; And I might of let it cook a little longer than needed.  oops

What do you think?  Tell me what your go to recipes are.

Categories:   Cooking, Recipes


  • Posted: August 17, 2014 21:44

    Alexandra Marie

    Hey Jess- awesome post. I wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Liebster award, the details are on my blog at https://thebudgetmakeover.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-liebster-award.html.
    • Posted: August 18, 2014 01:35

      Jess Lee

      Thanks! Alexandra Marie I will get my Liebster Award Post started and posted soon. Thank you so much!

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