Dinner in a Flash || One Pot Wonder || Tomato Basil Pasta

For those of you with busy work schedules, you understand how difficult it can be to get dinner on the table at a decent hour every evening, or at all for that matter. For school nights, I like to keep it simple. This recipe is what I like to call one of my ‘One Pot Wonders’. Super easy, so delicious, even more convenient. Definitely bookmark this page for your meal planning this week!

For this dish, you literally throw in all the ingredients – including the uncooked pasta – and then flame on baby! You cook it all together and do not drain the pasta. You just cook it up and starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles – hungry?  The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta. The tastes and textures of this dish are shockingly good. And the “sauce” made by the starch from the pasta combining with the reduced vegetable broth is truly yummalicious!

Hope you enjoy this timer saver and get to spend your night relaxing instead of cooking.  From my kitchen to yours.  XO ~ L

Serves 4 to 6 as an entree


12 ounces whole wheat linguine pasta
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes- gives it some nice heat 🙂
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped

1 tsp salt

4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish


1. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot.

2. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.

3. Cover pot and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot.

5. Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot.

6. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.

How Easy is that – Enjoy!

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