How Do You Cook Pasta and Sauce Together?
Pasta is the easiest weeknight dinner for the entire family. This one-pan pasta will be your life saver as it’s so easy and quick.
The pasta is cooked right in the sauce, in your pan, in 20 minutes. This recipe yields delicious pasta as the noodles soak up all the goodness of the ingredients.
So, how do you actually cook them together? All you have to do is throw all your ingredients: tomatoes, chicken broth, uncooked spaghetti and seasonings into the pan and magic happens! There is one pan to clean up after the meal, making this the easiest pasta recipes ever!
Which Pasta is Best for One-Pan Pasta?
You should use spaghetti as the noodles are thinner and they will get cooked evenly in the pan. Angel hair will work well, too, but you might want to cut down the cooking time by 1 minute or so, as you don’t want soggy and overcooked pasta.
Pan or Pot?
For the cookware, you can use a pot, for example: a Dutch oven, or a wide soup pot. I like to use my skillet for one-pan pasta. For the best results, make sure your cookware is wide enough for the spaghetti noodles.
If not, break the spaghetti into halves so they are covered by the sauce while cooking. If it is too narrow, the pasta will not get cooked properly.
As I mentioned above, this is one of the best homemade Italian pasta recipes that is easy, however there are a few tips that I wanted to share with you.
- You can use any skillet to try this recipe. To be completely fail-proof, use a non-stick skillet to avoid the dry spaghetti from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.
- If you use a regular stainless steel skillet, remember to use the spatula to flip up the spaghetti so they don’t stick to the bottom.
- Add more chicken broth if the sauce dries up and the spaghetti is not fully cooked.
- For tomatoes, I recommend Campari tomatoes as they are juicier, sweeter and less acidic, making the Campari’s a top choice for this recipe.
Can You Freeze The Leftover
Trust me, there will be no leftovers, but in case you do, you can just freeze them in the refrigerator.
You have keep them in a plastic container, ziplock bag, or a pasta bowl covered with shrink wrap. To eat, reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
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Quick and easy pasta recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to make. Throw all the ingredients in the pan and dinner is ready for the entire family!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 14 oz. fresh tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian basil
- 8 oz. spaghetti
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
Heat oil in a wide skillet, pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, saute 3 minutes or until they start to brown. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, Italian basil and spaghetti.
Press the spaghetti with a spatula to submerge the pasta in the liquid. If your skillet, pan or pot is not wide enough, break the spaghetti into halves before cooking. Cover with the lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 8 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. If the pasta is not cooked after 8 minutes, add a little bit more chicken broth, cover the lid and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Uncover the lid and add salt. Turn off the heat and top the pasta with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
You may add shrimp and spinach to the pasta, if you like.