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Lifesaver One Pot Pasta

  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This dish is a lifesaver on busy nights. Simply cook your pasta of choice in a pot with a can of crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion, and any vegetables you have on hand. Add in some protein, like chicken or shrimp, and season to taste. One pot and 20 minutes later, dinner is ready!


  • 1 pound of pasta (penne, fusilli, or spaghetti)
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Optional: diced vegetables (such as bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions) and/or protein (such as chicken or shrimp)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add any diced vegetables or protein and cook until they are softened.
  2. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, cream, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the pasta. Stir the pasta to ensure it is completely submerged in the liquid.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, remove the pot from heat. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  6. Serve and enjoy.


Use a large pot with a heavy bottom to prevent the pasta from sticking.

Stir the pasta occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom and to ensure that it cooks evenly.

To make the most of your one pot pasta, try to add some vegetables and/or protein to your dish.

Use the right ratio of liquids to pasta. A good rule of thumb is to use 4 cups of liquid (broth, canned tomatoes, cream) for every 1 pound of pasta.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes