One Pot Pasta

one pot pasta

At a very young age I learned the importance of limiting the amount of kitchen utensils and equipment used in making a meal. Mostly because it was my job to wash the dishes as my mother liked to use our dishwasher as a storage shelf. Turns out most Indian parents believe the dishwasher is an expensive kitchen rack/shelf. #immigrantparentproblems Hand washing a sink full of dishes could take me at least 30 minutes when I was a kid. That’s why this one pot pasta is my new favorite recipe. I found it on Martha Stewart’s website and had to try it! I got the cherry tomatoes from the farmers market and they were delicious, almost as good as a Jersey tomato ;-). Give this recipe a shot and I promise it’ll be your go to recipe for something fresh and quick.

Cook time : 15 minutes                                                         Makes: 6 servings

12 oz spaghetti
10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ tsp red pepper flakes
2 sprigs of basil
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4.5 cups water

one pot pasta
1. In wide straight-sided skillet, add the spaghetti, tomatoes, onion, pepper flakes, garlic, basil and olive oil. Bring this to a boil. Stir pasta every few minutes until water is almost evaporated and pasta is cooked. This took me about 10 minutes.

2. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away. Enjoy!

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I'm Hetal! Welcome to my blog, Milk & Cardamom! I'm a past MasterChef (Season 6) contestant currently living in sunny San Francisco where I cook up a storm in my tiny kitchen for my hubby and baby!


  1. Aruna Panangipally

    The pasta looks so inviting. I cook this way too, with minimal utensils. One day I saw the number of pots, pans, and other utensils I had used in making a simple dish and was horrified to think about the amount of water that would go waste.

    1. prettypolymath

      I try very hard to do the same…but sometimes you just go crazy and don’t realize all the messy you made until the end ..

  2. Sadia Mohamed

    This is such a neat idea. One pot dishes are the best. And this particular dish looks soo good.

  3. Bonnie Eng

    This is so smart…this is going to be dinner tonight! 😉

  4. thehungrymum

    love this idea – I’ll do anything to reduce the washing up! Lovely pictures, too.

    1. prettypolymath

      thanks! it’s perfect for a lazy dinner night!

  5. Sudha Anand

    Hi, this is great, could we do this for different types of pasta and if yes how to change the water amounts and cokking time? Good luck with Masterchef!

    1. prettypolymath

      It’ll depend on the pasta type. For example, whole wheat might require 1/4 cup extra of water. Thank you!

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