One-pot, and spaghetti…two words I never thought I would see arranged in the same title, yet it is. One pot spaghetti with fresh tomatoes is a delicious, not to mention fast recipe. Of all the sources this recipe comes from my favorite kitchen guru Martha Stewart. If this recipe hadn’t have come from her, then chances are, I would never have given it a try. But I felt for the sake of her reputation, it deserved at least a probe.
Ramen…the first thought that came to my head when I gave the finished dish a try. It completely reminded me of a ramen bowl. In fact, I wished I had fresh cilantro and a nice hot-spicy pepper to add to the top of the dish, but I didn’t. However, my wheels were turning in thought of the next one-pot meal. You can take the meal theme in any direction you wish. Italian, spicy Asian, Indian with curry, and all the while, keeping it vegan.
The key to one-pot success is of course careful combining of herbs and spices, as well as the water to pasta ratio. Martha’s original recipe was for only 12 oz. of pasta or as she suggested enough to feed 2 hungry people. Well, I was cooking for a family, and it was a hungry family at that. I used 1lb. of pasta in my pot, to almost 7 cups of water. I added a bit of veggie bouillon and some fresh zucchini.
The result: creamy, flavorful, healthy, vegan spaghetti, all cooked and served in 13 minutes flat, with just one pot to clean up! Don’t worry, this is just the beginning for me and my one-pot discoveries. Next stop, might just be a bit more exotic, and packed full with cilantro and hot and spicy peppers.
One Pot Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes
- 1 lb spaghetti vegan based noodles if desired
- 7 cups water
- 18 oz fresh tomatoes diced
- 1 large onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
- 1-2 TBS red pepper flakes
- 1-2 leaves herbs basil, sage, thyme, tarragon or whatever works
- 1-2 TBS veggie bouillon
- 2 TBS fresh ground pepper
- This is super easy and quick. In your stock pot, lay the spaghetti in the pot, then add your diced ingredients, your herbs, your bouillon, and peppers. Add the water, turn on the stove and begin the count down.
- Use a set of tongs to continually stir the ingredients over high heat for about 9 minutes. You'll notice, the water will almost absorb into the ingredients.
- the finished product is a nice, creamy, healthy delicious bowl of noodles.