Try This: One Pot Pasta

How to make one pot pastaI love pasta. We eat it for dinner at our house quite often. Why not? It’s easy and quick to make, super delicious and there’s about a million and one ways to serve it, so you won’t feel like you’re eating the same thing all the time (l love this squid ink pasta for something different). One pasta recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a while now is this one pot pasta. The basic idea is you cook ingredients for a rustic sauce along with the dry pasta, so everything cooks together and is done at the same time. I like that you can easily customize too, I’ve seen variations on the basic recipe here, here and hereOne pan pasta My one concern about this recipe was that the final dish would taste too simple. Would it taste like basically plain pasta with a few sparse (and now soggy) ingredients on top? I wasn’t convinced that this would be as flavorful as I tend to like my own pasta dishes. But you know what they say, you never know until you try.One pan pastaIn a large pot combine the first ten ingredients listed above. Bring the liquid to a roaring boil. Slightly reduce the heat (to a low boil) and cook for nine minutes until the pasta is al dente. Be sure to stir the pasta every once in a while so none of it sticks to the bottom of the pot. I like to check the pasta but removing a piece and taking a bite (don’t burn yourself!). If it’s almost cooked all the way through then you’re done. 🙂One pot pastaHere’s what the final dish looks like. After you’ve cooked the pasta to al dente remove from heat and let it sit in the remaining juices (there shouldn’t be much) for a couple of minutes. Give the pasta a few good tosses during these few minutes so everything gets coated once again. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Once you’re ready to serve plate the pasta and toss a little crumbled feta on top with a few fresh basil pieces.One pot pasta The verdict: this was WAY more creamy and flavorful than I expected. I guess you probably figured that. If it wasn’t very good, I probably wouldn’t be sharing it with you today. That would be funny though. “So this tastes terrible, but here are some pretty pictures of it.” 😉 But really, this actually turned out so, so good. I will for sure be making this again sometime soon. Easy to make. Hardly any dishes to clean after. And it was super yummy. That’s a big win in my book. Enjoy! xo. Emma

One Pot Pasta


  • 16 oz. one package dry linguine
  • 14 oz. one can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 big sprigs of basil plus a few more leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt + pepper


  • In a large pot combine the first ten ingredients listed above. Bring the liquid to a roaring boil. Slightly reduce the heat (to a low boil) and cook for nine minutes until the pasta is al dente. Be sure to stir the pasta every once in a while so none of it sticks to the bottom of the pot. I like to check the pasta but removing a piece and taking a bite (don't burn yourself!). If it's almost cooked all the way through then you're done


Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • oei yum yummy (: i want to eat write now well my favourite is the chicken fettuccine pasta and i can never stop eating it.

  • I love pasta and I think it’s a great twist on traditional pasta. Awesome recipe!

  • I loved this recipe! We added some boiled, shredded chicken for my husband (who thinks no meal is proper without a little protein), and fresh spinach for me just before serving. Turned out great!

  • Think this dish would be good with couscous or quinoa? I love the earthy flavors and they would be delicious with a lighter option! Maybe I’ll try it and let you know 🙂

  • Just tried this recipe out…with a few tweaks!
    Sub fettecine noodles, added rosemary, left out the chives and red pepper, and added a squeeze of lemon once it was all finished. It turned out really good! Made the apartment smell awesome too. (: Definitely going to make this again. Thanks for sharing!

  • Made this tonight and it turned out great! It was so easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Omg i need to try this, this looks so yummy!! amazing job ladies <3

    Jojo ~

  • I made this also the other day if you’d like to have a look:

  • Yum, this was incredible and SO EASY! I hope you don’t mind, I referenced it in my blog and linked back to you. 🙂

  • i just made this, and gosh its delicious!
    i only changed two things, instead of the chopped chives i used onion and added mushrooms and the result was a-amazing!

  • YUM seems a bit more fun and exciting than cooking it all individually. I will be trying this and letting you know how it goes!

  • I have made this three times in the past fortnight now!! So easy and yummy! And each time it’s turned out a little differently but I think that’s why I like it!

    I have been using smoked paprika instead of chilli because I just like the flavour!

    Thanks for the oh so yummy recipe Emma and ABM team! It will be going into my recipe book 🙂

    – Ngaio xx

  • I love this idea. Anything that requires few dishes to cook is amazing in my book. I’d love more one pot/skillet recipes from you guys!

  • Hi! I love ABM and I love all your posts! I’m italian and for me pasta is a “religion”.
    Your recipe is very fast but please try to make the souce in a pan and the pasta in a separeted pot and also don’t cut linguine 🙂
    Please try, your recipe will be more gorgeous!

  • Ashley from Under the Sycamore made this for us once, and it was AMAZING! I’ve been craving it and here it is!

  • Can I just say … this was DELICIOUS! We had friends for dinner last night and I tried it. They loved it. We loved it! I couldn’t believe how really easy this was to prepare. Thanks Emma!

  • I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious and full of so much flavor! And bonus: it couldn’t have been easier. Thank you for sharing!

  • Your pasta recipe do sound tasty. Wish you would of written nutrition info ie carbs, fats, sodium, calories etc. I am diagnosed diabetes type2 and I can’t just eat. Its essential to know the nutritional facts. This is a friendly reminder to remember there are tens of millions of people who need to watch what they eat for various health issues. OTOH maybe you couldn’t include the nutritional info.

  • this was amazing…I tried it the night it was posted…and it worked. So simple and so lovely!

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  • We made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love your recipes because they always work out exactly like you say they will! Fills me with confidence. Made this tonight and loved it, it looked just like yours, and as you say, surprisingly creamy! New favourite 🙂

  • this sounds so yummy! looks pretty, too 🙂


  • Girls…
    Being Italian, I can tell you this pot pasta thing is a sacrilege!!
    It may taste yummy and it may be quick, but… seriously?!
    The fun thing is that I’ve seen other similar recipes online, and yet I just can’t understand how people would want to cook pasta in this way! Sounds crazy to me 🙂
    I guess it’s just our national tradition taking over on this matter, so.. no hard feelings!! 🙂 🙂

  • I have suggested this to my boyfriend but I have to ask wouldn’t the pasta be a bit dry without a sauce?

  • thank you so much for sharing this recipe..made it for lunch and turned out absolutely delicious..Its a time saver and very satisfying!!

  • This looks delicious (and is making me so hungry)!

  • I love this idea! My favorite dishes are ones that are quick, easy, and use only one (or two at the most) pots/pans. I’m definitely gonna try this one out! The noodles didn’t get soggy at all from putting them in the water before boiling?


  • I’ve made this before and it turned out really good! I doubled the red pepper because I like a little spice 😉

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  • There’s a great one pot mac and cheese recipe on the blog ‘The Londoner’, which you can find here

    I tried it just before Christmas and it’s the easiest and most comforting cheesy feast 🙂

  • This looks so delicious!! So glad it turned out, because I am totally going to try this. Love that it’s all in one pot!

  • This looks divine! I am a huge fan of pasta, and I can’t wait to try this!

  • The wednesdaychef is a lovely blog, and she started out cooking from the NYT dining section and giving her verdict on the recipes. There are some beautiful photo’s of awful dishes there 😉

  • I see onion in the photo but it isn’t mentioned in your recipe write-up – just wanted to let you know in case you forgot about it!

  • This looks amazing!

  • Ah! That’s a bummer. Are quinoa noodles generally more difficult to cook? I must confess I’ve never used them before.

  • I’ve been looking for some good one-pot pasta recipes! I’m such a lazy cook…can’t wait to give this one a try!

  • I know. It is hard to believe. I completely agree! I was surprised by how little liquid was left after cooking. Try it and let us know your results, would love to hear!

  • I didn’t need to drain any. If you look at some of the other recipes I linked usually folks make this with 12 oz. of pasta to the 4 1/2 cups liquid. I cooked 16 oz. of pasta with the same amount of liquid. I did it simply because linguine is sold in 16 oz. packages and I thought it would be odd to have 4 extra ounces of linguine around. I doubt I’d ever end up using it. So I just went for it and I think that’s why mine didn’t end up needing to have any liquid drained. Many of the other recipes mention there being extra liquid in the bottom of the pot after cooking.

    See what you think and please let us know your results! Always good to hear more helpful tips and reviews.

  • Try it with quinoa noodles. I dare you.

    (Just kidding! It turns into a giant glob of noodle. A noodleglob, if you will.)

  • No straining? Did I miss a step? It’s hard to imagine it soaked up that much juice

  • Yummy!! happy new year 🙂
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  • Yum! Easy but delicious, I have to try this!

  • This is a great recipe – I add a bag of spinach at the “Just there” point to add some additional vegetable.

  • This is a great recipe with often used ingredients..would like to try it asap!!thanks for sharing..yes the great part:very less to clean up 😉

  • Looks DELICIOUS! I’m back on the diet horse right now so this might have to wait until I’m pre-holiday weight again, but I’ll definitely try it!

  • I love how all of the flavour is still there when it’s all done cooking. I’ve been seeing many one-pot recipes lately, but this one is one that is a must try!


  • Oooohhh I definitely want to try this!! So easy! and I think dinner guests would love it as well 🙂

  • Oh my goodness I love how simple this is! Perfect for college student living 🙂 Definitely making this!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • I’ve seen things like this on pinterest and been so interested…Sono molto italiana 🙂 and so I didn’t know if it would work or if it would live up to my nonna’s recipe…but you convinced me to try it!

  • This looks amazing! I’m all about throwing everything into a pot and hoping it turns out. Lazy cook for the win! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing!

  • mmm, it sounds good! No one likes a bland pasta anyways & its a time saving recipe! I love your red pot too elsie!


  • Being a pasta lover too, I’ve been wanting to try this method, but, like you, wondered if it would taste as good as our regular recipes. So I am so glad that you tried it and told us about your experience. And now I will be trying it out too. Yeah Emma!

  • Bonus- it is also so pretty!! Love it. And YAY to doing less dishes, even though we just got a new dishwasher. Ain’t nobody got time for that! 🙂

  • Making this tonight during a craft party with friends! Quick question- did any liquid need to be drained?

  • I’ve had the Martha Stewart recipe pinned for a while but have been a little suspicious of it so haven’t tried it yet…I’m glad it turned out well for you, I’m definitely going to give it a go now!

  • Going to have to try this tonight!

    Seems nice and easy too, especially since there are few dishes! 😉

  • This looks like a much better way to cook pasta, definitely appeals to my lazy side!

  • Looks amazing! I always seem to end up with a hundred dishes that I don’t even know what I used them for. I’ll have to give this a go!


  • I’ve been SO SKEPTICAL of this recipe since it started popping up all over the internet! It always LOOKS so good but it just sounds WAY too easy. Well, my dears, you’ve convinced me to give it a try 😉

  • I’ve always wanted to make a one pot pasta. Think I’ll have to give this one a try, you had me at red pepper flakes.

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