One-Pot Pasta with Whatever You Happen to Have

OnePotPostaApparently “One-Pot Pasta” dishes are sweeping the nation–

Oh, just Pinterest??

–well, whatever. I had to try it, so here we are!

I am all about easy, and I am even more about using up the food in my house before it goes bad. I am really trying to work on this, so I decided to check out the basic “how-to” and give it a whirl.

This dish turned out super yummy, so feel free to copy down the ingredients, but more or less you’ll want a decent sized pot to add whatever you happen to have on hand and follow the basic structure. This is so easy (it was prepped and at the table in about half an hour) and the combination possibilities really are endless!

One-Pot Pasta with Whatever You Happen to Have
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 lb Box of Organic Rotini
  2. 6 cups of Water (or Broth)
  3. 3 giant gandfuls of Fresh Baby Spinach (tear it up!)
  4. 1 large Tomato (diced)
  5. 1 package of Sliced Mushrooms
  6. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  7. 2 tabespoons Butter
  8. 1 heaping tablespoon of Diced Garlic
  9. 1 tablespoon Italian Seasonings (dry)
  10. 1 teaspoon Salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  12. 8 oz block of Mozzarella (chopped)
  1. Toss all of your ingredients into a pot (except for the mozzarella - and don't forget to arrange them perfectly and snap a photo for Instagram). Add water, stock, booze or whatever liquid you happen to be using.
  2. Bring this all to a boil (uncovered!), reduce to a low boil and cook until the pasta is done (I like mine more along the al dente side, but cook yours to whatever firmness you prefer). Stir occasionally - if you feel like it.
  3. Remove from heat, toss in the mozzarella, stir - serve - eat!
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  • I love, love, this recipe. Hilarious.
    Sending this to the hubby tonight- he’s in charge of dinner for the midgets on Monday nights!

  • This sounds wonderful, easy and very quick. My only question is, is it a soup or did you drain before adding mozzarella? Maybe I missed it, or it’s inferred? Thanx.

    • Between the pasta soaking up the water and some of it steaming off, it shouldn’t be very liquidy when you’re done. Mine could’ve used a smidge less water, but it was really good regardless. Not soup – maybe a smidge saucy 🙂

  • Yum! Love one pot pasta recipes, I should make them more often. The pasta soaks the water right up. Big time saver. I probably make pasta twice a week because it’s so quick and easy.

  • Interesting, I’ve never heard of this method. Too bad daddy-o prefers his pasta plain. I always have to serve his pasta with the sauce on the side, while mine I stir into the sauce before serving. Kind of a pain, but at least he does eat the sauce.

  • I could totally make this tonight because I have all the ingredients! I love it when that happens! Thanks for the recipe!

  • This looks so easy and will be great to add to our meal rotation when baby arrives.

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