One Pot Pasta

One Pot Pasta

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12 ounces Spaghetti
1 Onion
2 Carrots
2 large Garlic Cloves
5 Sun-Dried Tomatoes
3 cups Vegetable Broth
2 cups (divided) Marinara Sauce
0.5 teaspoon Sea Salt
0.25 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
10 small balls of Mozzarella Cheese
10 leaves Fresh Basil

One Pot Pasta

  • 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy




Easy and delicious one pot pasta that is vegetarian.

Who said that you have to cook your pasta separately from the sauce?

This one pot pasta is a pretty hands off dish and comes together in under 30 minutes!

I love using spaghetti, angel hair pasta or bow tie!

Cooking times will vary depending on what kind of pasta you use but this is a general guide.

I recommend using high quality pasta and either homemade or store-bought marinara sauce for the best flavor outcome.

As with most savory dishes, this one starts out with olive oil and aromatic vegetables like onion, garlic and carrots.

To elevate the tomato flavor, sun-dried tomatoes are added.

They are packed with umami!

Using the combination of broth and marinara sauce allows for enough liquid to cook the pasta.

For finishing touches, fresh basil leaves and mozzarella are added.

Bocconcini or perline are the best mozzarella balls for this dish.

They are smaller in size and melt quickly.






Sauté The Vegetables

First, peel and chop your onions, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes and peel and finely mince your garlic cloves.

Heat your large pot on medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Add the chopped onion, carrots and sun-dried tomatoes to the pot and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Next, add the minced garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.


Add the Pasta & Liquids

To your pot, add the spaghetti, vegetable broth and 1 cup of the marinara sauce.

Stir gently then cover the pot, turn the heat to medium-high and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove the lid, stir and cook for another couple of minutes. Give the pasta a taste and adjust seasoning, if needed.

Next, lower the heat to low then add one more cup of marinara sauce. Stir to combine and cook for one more minute then turn off the heat.


Add Mozzarella and Basil

Lastly, add the mozzarella and fresh basil and stir so that the cheese can melt.

Serve with a bit more fresh basil and eat!


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SUCH a helpful idea, love this! It’s so nice when classic comfort food gets easier! We definitely have busy weeknights and love dinners like this one!

One pot pasta is THE best!!! You can’t get much better than tossing everything into the pot. And those mozzarella balls on the top, swoon!

This dish looks so simple and easy to make. I have a son in college and I bet he would love this, especially when he gets tired of the cafeteria food and want something home cooked and healthy.

I love the idea of a one pot veggie-packed pasta dish! This looks like a super gourmet version of a three pot meal my husband makes… will be sharing the recipe with him too!

My mom used to do this occatioanly. I keep forgetting to do it myself! I love that it leaves one less pot to wash. I have so many carrots to use up, so adding them to pasta is a great idea!

Such a great, quick weeknight idea. I’m sure my kids would love this. I’ve never made one-pot pasta before!

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