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This simple one pot pasta recipe cooks in 20 minutes, entirely in one pot. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s incredibly easy to throw together as a quick weeknight family meal.
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This simple one pot pasta recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes and cooks entirely in one pot. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s incredibly easy to throw together as a quick weeknight family meal.

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ONE POT PASTA INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 4 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 14.5 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes, not drained
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • Juice & zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Fresh basil for garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MEAT: If you’re craving some meat with this dish, try adding a pound of cooked chicken, sausage or ground beef. Cook the meat separately and stir it in just before removing your pot from the heat. Stir the meat with the noodles for a couple of minutes, until the entire pot is heated through.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS ONE POT PASTA RECIPE

PRO TIP: When choosing the skillet or pot for this recipe make sure that it’s wide enough for the length of your spaghetti. Any straight-sided skillet will work, but avoid deep skillets or stock pots because these can keep the liquid from evaporating and result in overcooked pasta.

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STEP ONE: Add the linguine, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a large pot or skillet. Drizzle all of the ingredients in your skillet with olive oil. Then add salt and pepper as well as the chicken stock.

STEP TWO: Bring the pot, uncovered, to a boil over high heat. Boil for 8 to 10 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced. Using a spoon or tongs, stir the skillet frequently while boiling to keep the pasta from sticking together.

PRO TIP: As the pasta boils, the liquid will reduce. You’ll know your pasta is done when it’s cooked through, the vegetables are tender, and the liquid has reduced. If you prefer more al dente pasta, stop your pot boiling closer to the 8-minute mark.

STEP THREE: Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. After it’s cooked let it sit with Parmesan cheese for 5 minutes. Letting your pot sit with the cheese at the end of this recipe will thicken it up.

HOW TO SERVE

If desired, garnish with chopped fresh basil. If you’re craving some sauce with your noodles, pair this with our homemade pasta sauce on top.

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This delicious recipe for one-pot pasta is made entirely in one pot. It’s a classic pasta recipe that is easy and quick to make as a weeknight dinner.

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One Pot Pasta

5 from 1 vote
This simple one pot pasta recipe cooks in 20 minutes, entirely in one pot. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s incredibly easy to throw together as a quick weeknight family meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted tomatoes not drained
  • ½ cup fresh basil measured loosely in measuring cup whole and then roughly chopped (you can add more if you want)
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan shredded
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet place the linguine, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  • Drizzle all of it with the olive oil. Then add the seasonings of salt and pepper.
  • Pour the chicken stock over all of it.
  • Over high heat bring to a boil uncovered. Boil for 8 to 10 minutes until the pasta is done and liquid is reduced. Stir frequently to keep the pasta from sticking together using a spoon or tongs.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan. If you want a thicker sauce let it sit for about 5 minutes and it will thicken even more.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh basil if desired.

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Notes

Tips:
When choosing the skillet or pot for this recipe make sure that it’s wide enough for the length of your spaghetti. Any straight-sided skillet will work but avoid deep skillets or stock pots because these can keep the liquid from evaporating and result in overcooked pasta.
As the pasta boils, the liquid will reduce. You’ll know your pasta is done when it’s cooked through, the vegetables are tender, and the liquid has reduced. If you prefer more al dente pasta, stop your pot boiling closer to the 8-minute mark.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1216mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Melissa says

    5 stars
    Sooo good! My husband went for 3 servings, so I know it’s a winner and will be put on repeat in my house. The lemon adds a wonderful brightness to the dish. Thanks for a great recipe!