Friday, September 27, 2013

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This garlicky, saucy pasta filled with basil and tomatoes is made from start to finish in about 20 minutes; does a dinner get much better than that? Everything is combined in the pot along with the cooking water and it reduces down into a perfect one dish meal as it cooks. It sounds almost too good to be true, right?

I've seen versions of this recipe floating around online all summer and I finally had to try it. With rave reviews from everyone who has tried it, I still doubted that the dish would live up to the hype. I was wrong. This pasta is unbelievably rich and creamy and saucy, without any cream or actual "sauce" in the recipe. The recipe just begs to be played with; there are countless variations already running through my mind.

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenOne Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart
Yield: 4-6 servings
(printable recipe)

12 ounces spaghetti, linguini or fettuccine *
1 large onion, very thinly sliced, about 2 cups
4 - 6 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
12 ounces or 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
10 basil leaves, torn in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
4 1/2 cups water
Topping: Freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, several basil leaves thinly sliced

Combine all ingredients in a straight sided large skillet or pot. Bring to a high boil and then reduce heat just enough to keep it boiling without splattering you as you stir and toss it constantly with tongs for about 8-10 minutes. The water and tomatoes will reduce down and the pasta will release starches that thicken it and make it creamy.

Do not wait for all of the liquid to evaporate. Taste the pasta as it finishes cooking. When it has softened to your liking remove from the heat. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Scoop into serving bowls and top with fresh cheese and additional basil. Enjoy!

* I used gluten free, brown rice fettuccine noodles and they worked just as well as traditional pasta.

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



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75 comments:

  1. Very interesting.. will definitely have to give this a try... not only because I just adore any pasta dish, but I love one pot simple dishes even better!!! :)

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  2. What a perfect dish for busy weekdays.

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  3. This is amazing Mary, it does seem unbelievable. You come up with the best stuff to try!

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  4. I've tried this recipe before, it truly is a delicious meal!!

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  5. I really have to try this looks great plus easy thanks for sharing!

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  6. this looks so good thanks so much ;)

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  7. This is fantastic! So glad you shared this Mary! I hope you have been well.

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  8. Never in my life have I cooked pasta this way. I have always just reserved some of the cooking water to help thicken up the sauce. But I'm open to try anything that can be made in one pot!

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  9. Bookmarked. I've been seeing this way of making pasta all summer long too. Yours looks absolutely incredible!

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  10. I've sent this to several people and one is texting me back,;-) Looks delish!

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  11. Ok, I'm convinced now! That picture of the finished dish does look creamy - wow! I will need to make this soon before my basil is all done.

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  12. I have been dying to try a one pot meal like this, and this one looks perfect!

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  13. We make no boil lasagna but I've never seen anything like this. The concept sounds amazingly simple and the results speak for themselves.

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  14. This I must try! Please add your site to Pepperplate. It makes it so easy to upload your recipes for others to keep. I adore your blog. Thanks

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  15. I just finished making this, Mary, and it's soooo good. I added fresh mushrooms, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Any time you want to send some of this in with Sean, I'll be happy to help him eat it. :)

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  16. What a great quick school holiday staple. I need to try this out for myself.

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  17. Wow. Pasta dinners don't get any easier than this. And it looks gorgeous, too.

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  18. This is delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. This is really good !!! I followed the recipe but I added some mushrooms and diced orange pepper for something extra.....I will make this again for sure but next time I'm going to try adding about 1/4 cup of cream to make the sauce creamier/rose. The is so much you can do with this recipe to switch it up a bit.

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  20. I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS. I too followed your recipe exactly, but added just a pinch more of red pepper flakes cuz I love me some heat to my pasta! So much flavor in such a little amount of time! I am definitely saving this for another busy weeknight. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. :)

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  21. What brand of GF pasta do you recommend? I can't wait to try all of your amazing recipes!!

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    1. Tinkyada is my favorite, whenever I can find it. I try lots of different ones all the time though!

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  22. I just made this for lunch. It is very good!

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  23. I've made this several times and it always turns out great. Try adding some other things you like, such as zucchini or olives.

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  24. I am sick with the flu and was browsing through recipes. I saw this one, and sick or not, had to try it right away! The fam loved it! I made a few changes, because of what I had on hand - whole wheat egg noodles, a can of crushed tomatoes instead of fresh, some chopped yellow peppers and slices of some leftover turkey sausages added at the end. It was so delicious and just the warm, homey meal I needed to start feeling better. We will make this again, and again for sure!

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  25. I made this and added shrimp and Mushrooms. Think I added more seasoning too, but it was good.

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  26. I made this Friday, and it was a hit at my home. I will never go back to making pasta the conventional way. It is soooo delicious this way. I added cilantro to mine.

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  27. Two Questions: 1) Does this work with whole wheat pasta? 2) Can you replace Chicken Broth for the water? or split it 50/50?

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  28. Made this tonight - my hubby and I LOVED it!!! It was perfect.

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  29. My mom used to make her goulash of macaroni, tomato,onion , garlic ground beef in a crockpot..it was so good..this would be the same concept..

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  30. since there is no rinsing of the pasta, How much starch is in this? Do you have the Nutritional value on this dish?

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    1. I don't track nutritional information, Mary. There are a number of online calculators that can handle that for you.

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  31. I am a cook and caterer, so sometimes I just want something easy and quick for home! I have now made this 3 times, with 3 different variations and I LOVE it! So does my family. I have substituted canned tomatoes, even jars of puree for the fresh tomatoes, changed up the type of pasta, stirred in cream cheese at the end, added cooked chicken breast or slices of cooked sausage at the end, etc. It is very adaptable and a meal my kids can learn to make easily. Excellent for students in university with little time or incentive to cook! Love it!

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  32. We had this for dinner tonight, I always mix it up a little bit and add chicken and use chicken broth. It's quick and easy, everyone loves it and after I worked 10 hours today I didn't have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.

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  33. made it ,it was great ,loved it

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  34. I make this all the time!! The only thing I do different is I use vegetable broth instead of water and I are some fried kielbasa or polish sausage into it because my husband is big on meat. Lol

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  35. Its become a staple in this house. I use 3 1/2cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of white wine instead of water. And add fresh cracked black pepper ( about a 1/2 tsp) 1/2 tsp oregano, 5 sprigs italian parsley and chives to taste. I also left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot ( cooked it to al dente) and did not add any cheese before serving as the dish didn't need it.

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  36. Looks and sounds delicious - I will most definitely try this recipe!

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  37. Have tried this and it was de-li-cious!!!

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  38. I made this on Saturday. I used thin spaghetti. It was delicious. I'm definitely making this again.

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  39. Not bad at all and very easy!

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  40. LOVED IT, I added cooked 1/2 lb. each of cooked chicken & Italian sausage & more fresh basil -knocked it out to the park

    Laurie

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  41. I made this last week and it turned out really good! I added some additional seasonings to it to fit our tastes. Definitely a good quick go to recipe for a fast meal.

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  42. I do this ALL the time now! It's DELISH!!

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  43. I've made it twice and was great both times. You have to make sure your onions and garlic are very thin so they almost melt. It's good.

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  44. I made this tonight....I added more garlic because you can never have to much..lol...added oregano & sage...used 1lb of Linguine..3 cans of all natural chicken broth...it was amazing!!! My family loved it!! So happy I found your page!!!

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  45. I did try this..it was easy and great tasting! To leftovers to work the next day and shared....ended up handing out recipe to almost everyone in the office!!!

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  46. Made it with some Italian meatballs in the pot and extra GARLIC when finished topped with Italian CHEESE*DELISH*

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  47. I LOVED this, and my daughters best friend got the recipe from me and made it for her family, who loved it, too! !! Can't wait to make it again!

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  48. I made this for the family but I added some Italian sausage to it one time and then another I used turkey meat. It was great. Served it with toasted garlic italian bread.

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  49. We've made this many times and is delicious!!!!!

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  50. I've done it a few times and added cooked chicken breast. easy, quick. delicious!

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  51. I tried it and my husband loved it!!! Needs a lot of salt added, though.


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  52. I also added 1/2 cup of white wine & a piece of parmesean rind. I used chicken stock instead of water. We like it.

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  53. we loved it...definitely a keeper!

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  54. I have made this several times, adding seasons, mushrooms, chicken -- whatever I had on hand. Good & easy!

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  55. This is delicious! I think I will try this again this week!

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  56. I have fixed this about three times now. My family and I loveeee it! So easy and i have tweeked it here and there. Most recent I added scrambled Italian sausage to it...delish !! Thank you!

    Sharon

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  57. I have made this for my family and friends and its ALWAYS a hit! And simple!

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  58. This turned out GREAT ... love it!!

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  59. Made this a couple of times I just use more broth then it says because I like sauce and I added spinach, mushrooms and at the end shrimp.

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  60. I made it a few weeks ago. Was delicious! Easy to make.. making it again today.

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  61. Made this a few times. Easy and delicious!

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  62. I made this and it turned out so good.

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  63. I've made this three times now and it is WONDERFUL! It comes out perfect everytime and we love, love, LOVE it! Thank you!

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  64. I made a double batch of this last week for a houseful of family using whole wheat spaghetti with homemade jarred tomatoes, vegetable broth instead of water and dried basil instead of fresh. This is definitely going to stay at the top of the recipe pile.

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  65. I've seen the Martha Stewart version, but am going to pin yours, too. Sounds delicious and I look forward to trying this!

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  66. I have also added left over chicken at the very end to hear it up and instead of water used chicken broth..... it's yummy!

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  67. I have also added left over chicken at the very end to hear it up and instead of water used chicken broth..... it's yummy!

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  68. Made this the other night easy so easy and so delicious !!!

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  69. wonderful, thanks for the great recipe! Going to try it next time with scallops or shrimp

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  70. My kids absolutely love this dish. it has become a staple in our house. And the left overs are even better! Thanks!

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  71. Glad to see so many have tried it and liked it! Pinning to try! Thanks!

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