One Pot Pasta Formula

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Our One Pot Pasta Formula gets dinner on the table using whatever ingredients you have on hand. It’s great any night of the week but especially the nights you just need to grab whatever’s handy in the pantry without worrying about having to run to the store.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 8 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil, divided
  • Uncooked protein or pre-cooked protein (see lists below)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Up to 2 more vegetables (see list below)
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. seasoning (see list below)
  • 33 and ½ cups low-sodium stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz. dried pasta, long strands like spaghetti or linguine broken into 23 pieces
  • 1 and ½ cups shredded cheese (see list below)
  • Optional garnishes (see list below)


  1. If using uncooked protein, season liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the protein and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Transfer it to a plate. If using uncooked protein, skip this step.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the onion along with up to two more vegetables. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the garlic and the seasoning. Cook and stir 30 seconds.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, stock, cream, and diced tomatoes. Heat to a simmer, stirring frequently, and then immediately add the pasta.
  5. Reduce the temperature to keep it at a low simmer, stirring often until the pasta is cooked, 13-15 minutes. If the pasta has soaked up a lot of the liquid and seems dry, add an extra ½ cup of stock.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, stir in your cooked protein or pre-cooked protein. Heat through. Add the cheese and stir until it melts.
  7. Distribute among dinner plates and top with garnishes, if using.