One Pan Pasta, It’ll Change Your Life…


I make one pan pasta a few times a month, and it is probably one of my most favorite recipes. I found this recipe on Pinterest –I know, where else?– this dish is easy, inexpensive, and easy to customize. You can get all of the details here.

This dish has graced our table on numerous occasions and both, my husband and guests, make yummy noises and tell me that it’s delicious. Anyone can make this, trust. Although I write Kitchen Fun posts, I am no chef. Think of me as a novice in the kitchen, and a fan of providing tasty, healthy dishes for anyone sharing a meal with us.


Here it is, the line up. If you have pasta, garlic, onion, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, you can make this dish. On any given day, I have all but the fresh basil, so guess what, make it using dried basil, and it will still be delicious. You don’t have grape tomatoes? Dice the Roma tomatoes in your fridge. Really, it’s fine.


Once you have all your ingredients ready, dump it all in a pan, add 4 1/2 cups of water, turn on your burner and give it a good 15 minutes to cook, stirring often. That’s it.

Like I mentioned, you can customize this, so get creative. Sometimes, I’ll throw some Canellini beans in there, or veggies, lots of veggies like spinach, zuchinni, peppers, mushrooms; whatever you like, or whatever you have. I normally add these sorts of extras in the last 5 minutes of cooking, since I don’t like the veggies soggy or cooked down too much. For this particular one pan pasta dinner, I remembered that I had shrimp in the freezer, so I added an extra pinch of red pepper flakes, and it became spicy shrimp one pan pasta.


Obviously I am in love with one pan pasta, but I just have one more thing to add, and then I swear, I’m done. This makes the best leftovers for lunch the next day. Okay, I’m done. Go make one pan pasta!


6 thoughts on “One Pan Pasta, It’ll Change Your Life…

  1. Sallie Witt says:

    I am trying this tonight! I was going to make something very similar, per Franks’ request. a couple of weeks ago I made spaghetti with olives, onions, tomatoes, zucchini,oil and sea salt with ground pepper. Tossed it and that was it! This looks like it’s even better! I will try it tonight!

    Love you

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  2. Melissa Angulo says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been doing a lot of gluten free pasta lately, have you cooked it before? The cooking time is usually less than regular pasta but I feel like with a little tweaking it’ll work just fine. 🙂

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