One Pot Pasta

I came home ravenous last night after my first real run of the season. It felt great to get moving again but I needed to make something that was fast, easy and hard to mess up so that I could engage in some necessary r&r.

In previous weeks I’d seen a few recipes for this method of cooking pasta and it blew my mind. I had truly never thought about cooking the pasta IN the sauce. Brilliant! 

Tonight I made my first batch of ‘one pot pasta’ with red onions, bell pepper, and kale but the beauty of this dish is that it is a tremendously versatile technique. As always, I have my ‘thoughts for next time noted below’ but an important tip from Minimalist Baker is to use spaghetti or penne so that the noodles are less likely to stick together.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 bunch of kale – chopped
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoons cracked red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil

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Steps and Notes:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and saute the onions until translucent.
  2. Then add the garlic, peppers and kale. Cook for 3 more minutes until the veggies are soft. Sprinkle with some salt and black pepper
  3. Add the pasta to the same pan then cover with the water and marinara sauce.  
  4. Add the seasonings, and a bit more salt and pepper and mix well
  5. Bring to a boil and then down to a simmer and cook until the pasta is al dente.
    • It took me about 20 minutes and I had to stir every few minutes to ensure it didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan
  6. Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan

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Thoughts for Next Time:

  • Add fresh spinach instead of kale
  • Make a meat sauce with ground turkey or italian sausage
  • Experiment with a variation of this turkey alfredo ziti
  • Try these spicy thai noodles

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7 comments

  1. Thomas Opar · · Reply

    That is a great picture

    On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM, The Pantry Portfolio wrote:

    > PantryPortfolio posted: “I came home ravenous last night after my first > real run of the season. It felt great to get moving again but I needed to > make something that was fast, easy and hard to mess up so that I could > engage in some necessary r&r. In previous weeks I’d seen a” >

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  2. I love one-pot meals! I’d definitely use spinach since my hubby hates kale. Congrats on the run!

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  3. I like delicious easy-to-make foods. This recipe looks like it fits the bill. 🙂

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    1. I highly recommend it! There are endless variations, and only one dish to clean! I’d love to know what you think if you try it.

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  4. Aren’t these just the best meals, and always so versatile ! One healthy meal, and only one pot to wash ! Awesome 🙂

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  5. One pot meals are the best!

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    1. I agree! What are your favorites?!

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