Yes, another one-pot pasta. I know. But guys, it’s just so easy to make, and then you get to eat PASTA. So the whole thing is just inevitable destiny.
OK, maybe not destiny, but really I was curious how well 100% whole wheat pasta would hold up to the one pot method.
So, I tried it out a few times with different amounts of liquid, and the version that I ended up liking the best turned out to be pretty straightforward.
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Now you might be thinking, “Why even bother? Pasta is pasta, right?” Well, yes and no. Whole grains (like this whole grain durum wheat pasta) typically have fewer calories, lots more fiber, more nutrients, and often more protein than their refined, white flour counterparts.
So in that sense, if you are going to eat pasta, I’d stick with something whole grain whenever you can. That being said, if you plan to eat an all pasta all the time, no vegetables or fruits ever, type of diet, then I’d have to agree with you there that indeed: pasta is still pasta.
And by that I mean, you can’t eat from just one food group and expect a positive result. But, that’s just my two cents.
Personally, I LOVE pasta. And vegetables. And fruit. And dessert (is that a food group?). I’m not a big fan of eating the same thing all the time simply because I like food way too much. I want to try it all!
And lately I’ve been loving trying out all sorts of different types of pastas, whole grains, etc. Anyway, if you’re looking to add some whole grains into your life and you want a SUPER easy meal, then try this. It’s total comfort food with a healthier twist.
Whole Wheat One Pot Pasta, serves 4 to 5.
13.25 whole wheat thin spaghetti (one package)
14.5 oz diced tomatoes in tomato juice (one can)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 big leaves of basil, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 3/4 cups vegetable stock
salt, pepper, and Parmesan to serve
In a big pot, combine the tomatoes with juices, minced garlic, chopped basil, chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, coconut oil, olive oil, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add in the pasta, giving it a stir so no pieces stick/cook together.
Cover and reduce the heat to a low boil and cook for 9 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, making sure nothing has stuck together or to the bottom of the pot. Continue to cook for another minute.
Serve with a few more fresh herbs if you have them, salt, pepper, and Parmesan (or vegan Parmesan if you want to keep it non dairy). This goes great with salad and a glass of wine. 🙂 xx. Emma
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- 1 package whole wheat thin spaghetti
- 1 can diced tomatoes in tomato juice (14.5 ounces)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 big leaves of basil (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ¾ cups vegetable stock
- salt (pepper, and Parmesan to serve)
- In a big pot, combine the tomatoes with juices, minced garlic, chopped basil, chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, coconut oil, olive oil, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add in the pasta, giving it a stir so no pieces stick/cook together.
- Cover and reduce the heat to a low boil and cook for 9 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, making sure nothing has stuck together or to the bottom of the pot. Continue to cook for another minute.
- Serve with a few more fresh herbs if you have them, salt, pepper, and Parmesan.
Great method!! I tweaked it to fit ingredients I already had in my pantry (angel hair pasta, dried herbs, added a splash of half&half to the sauce, etc) so I can’t exactly comment on the original recipe’s taste. But it helped me get dinner on the table in under 30mins!! Can’t wait to try it again but without substitutions, it looks amazing!
This was excellent! I was not sure how one pot would work out and it was such a pleasant surprise. I would love to see if the recipe could amend to have something green like spinach added in.
I’m confused on the amount of pasta to use! Is it a 12-oz pkg or a 16-oz pkg?
I package of whole wheat thin spaghetti I used listed a weight of 13.25 oz. So that is what this recipe is based around. If you use a 12 oz package I would reduce the liquid just one or two tablespoons and it should be fine. If you use a 16 oz package you may need to increase the liquid some. I would try 2-3 tablespoons and see what you think. Good luck!
YUM! You mentioned vegan Parmesan – do you have a brand you like? I am looking for more dairy-free options and love suggestions. Thanks!
I would love to see you do a one pot pasta with gluten free pasta! It can also absorb liquid differently and makes me hesitant to try new one pot pastas for my gluten intolerant boyfriend.
I made this recipe. It did not turn out like the photo at all. My advice would be to use this recipe as a base and modify flavor ingredient amounts and type of ingredient. I think this would be better suited for a regular spaghetti noodle. Not thin. Thin noodles don’t take long to cook but this is a hot dish and that thin noodles going to dissolve into a paste.
Add more garlic and salt and herb to taste. You know what you like so trust your judgement.
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I made this tonight and it was so delicious! I doubled it, and used half chicken broth half water because we didn’t have any vegetable stock and it was still fantastic! Love this recipe!
Thanks for the reply. Two tablespoons of olive oil it is for me!
This looks so good! And I love one pot meals!
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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Looks amazing! Please never apologise for posting one pot pasta recipes – they’re convenient, comforting and delicious – I’ll never have too many.
What do you do with the cooking water which has absorbed all the goodies? Good to use for a vegetable soup? Seems a waste to just throw it down the drain.
It looks really delicious, I definitely trying this out!
Thank you for sharing.
This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it! So fresh!
This looks and sounds so delicious. I’m definitely going to try this recipe soon. Thanks for posting!
I really want to try this recipe !
Thanks for sharing !
This looks so good and it literally takes no time to make. It’s perfect for the nights I come home late from work and don’t really feel like spending an hour in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!
Can’t argue with one pot pasta! Kepp em coming:)
thanks!! I appreciate it 🙂
I keep seeing amazing-looking one pot pasta recipes like this one but I still have yet to try one! I need to give it a shot one of these days.