One-Pot Pasta


  • 8 ounces (225g) pasta (e.g., spaghetti, penne, or rotini)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetables of your choice (e.g., broccoli florets, halved cherry tomatoes, or chopped spinach)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (such as basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a large pot, combine the pasta, water, and vegetables. Make sure the vegetables are cut into small, bite-sized pieces for quicker cooking.
  2. Season the mixture with salt, black pepper, and dried herbs. You can adjust the amounts of seasoning based on your preference.
  3. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking and to prevent the pasta from clumping together.
  5. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until it reaches the desired level of tenderness. The vegetables should also become tender during this time. It usually takes around 10-12 minutes, but it can vary depending on the type of pasta you're using.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, check the pot for excess water. If there's still a significant amount of water, drain it using a colander or by carefully tilting the pot and pouring out the excess liquid.
  7. Drizzle the cooked pasta and vegetables with olive oil. The olive oil adds flavor and helps prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  8. Toss the pasta gently to evenly distribute the olive oil and incorporate the vegetables throughout.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt, pepper, or herbs to suit your taste preferences.
  10. Serve the one-pot pasta warm and enjoy!

This recipe allows you to cook the pasta and vegetables together in one pot, saving time and reducing cleanup.