20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil


This is a simple, creamy pasta dish that will take you only 20 minutes to make. The perfect lunch or dinner when you’re in a pinch!

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil Recipe. Healthy and light!

I don’t usually post on weekends, but I was too excited to share this pasta dish recipe with you and didn’t want to keep it all to myself even a day longer!  This took me literally twenty minutes to make and it was all done in ONE pot (in case the title didn’t make that clear to you) 😉  It was light, perfectly creamy, and done in a flash.  This will be made over and over again in our house.  OH, and it’s inexpensive and you also won’t be slaving away washing dishes all night!  You will love this dish.  It might not seem like it would pack a ton of flavor, but it really does. The red pepper flakes gave it a hint of spice and the starch from the pasta cooking gives it a little bit of creaminess.  It does NOT lack flavor whatsoever.

I’m gonna make this short and sweet, but I hope you have a great weekend.  Any fun plans to tell me about?  I will be packing for vacation and getting the house ready for our house-sitters!  Oh…and I may or may not have put my Christmas tree up today. I always find the days leading up to going away on vacation to be so hectic, but there’s always time to find three hours out of my day to bust out the Christmas decorations and the tree!  Hey, at least I managed to hold out until November this year 😉  Enjoy!

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
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Serves: 4-6 servings
This is a simple, creamy pasta dish that will take you only 20 minutes to make. The perfect lunch or dinner when you're in a pinch!
  • 12 ounces linguini or fettuccine
  • 1 large onion, very thinly sliced, about 2 cups
  • 4 - 6 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces or 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)
  • 10 basil leaves, torn in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4½ cups water
  • Topping: Freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, several basil leaves thinly sliced
  1. Combine all ingredients in a straight sided large skillet or pot (I used my 5.5 qt dutch oven). Bring to a rapid boil and then reduce heat just enough to keep it boiling and toss it constantly with tongs for about 10 minutes. The water and tomatoes will reduce down and the pasta will release starches that thicken it and make it nice and creamy.
  2. Do not wait for all of the liquid to evaporate - you want some liquid to remain for the "sauce". Taste the pasta as it finishes cooking. Once the pasta is to your desired softness, remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and fresh shredded Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 Recipe source: Martha Stewart Living, 2013 and originally seen on barefeetinthekitchen.com

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

46 Responses to “20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil”

  1. Kelly
    November 9, 2013 at 3:14 AM #

    Yum this looks good. Thanks for sharing.

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

      Thanks, Kelly!!

  2. November 9, 2013 at 6:07 AM #

    Good morning, it´s cloudy and rainy here in Gran Canaria today so I´m extra hungry and this pasta seems perfect for a day like today.. I love the fact that it was quick to make and that you only used 1 pot!! Have a great weekend.. Xx

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

      Everything about it was good!! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. November 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM #

    simple and delicious, i must have that for lunch.

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

      It would make for a really easy lunch!

  4. November 9, 2013 at 8:08 AM #

    Can I please have this for lunch today?? It looks awesome and really flavorful!
    How cute about your Christmas tree, I’m eager to put mine up 😉

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

      I had it for dinner last night! So good! I’m glad you approve of the tree going up already 🙂

  5. November 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM #

    Yum!! This sounds so perfect for busy week nights! I love a quick meal when I am feeling crazy busy.

  6. November 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM #

    oooooooooooooooh this pasta looks so delicious and fresh!!

  7. November 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

    I LOVE that you put your Christmas tree up! I still have some Halloween decorations up, but then it will be time for Christmas!

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      I go right from Halloween to Christmas!

  8. November 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM #

    The fresh tomatoes sound delicious in this pasta!

  9. November 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    Love that this only requires one pot. My boyfriend would be so happy. I am the queen of use-every-pot-and-pan-in-the-kitchen to cook! haha

    • November 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM #

      Oh I’m the same way!

  10. November 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    What a great, simple recipe…and for one of the best things on earth – pasta! We were just talking about putting the tree up next weekend and wondering if it was too early – guess not! I love Christmastime too. : )

    • November 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM #

      NEVER too early 😉

  11. November 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    You put the tree up?!?!?! Haha. 😉 My jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins are still hanging out on the front steps. I don’t dare put the tree (a real one) up before Thanksgiving . . . it will drop all of its needles before Christmas even arrives! What does your husband think of your zeal for Christmas? Mine would probably protest against any decorations this early, lol.

    Also, your blog is responsible for a lot of my pregnancy cravings. 😉 Be glad you don’t live near me or I would be over at your house all the time begging for food!

    • November 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM #

      My pumpkins are still outside, too 🙂

  12. November 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM #

    Love speedy meals! And tomato + basil is always a winning combo in my book.

  13. November 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM #

    I love a great and quick pasta meal! This dish is so fresh and full of flavor!

    Also I’m in love that you put your tree up – we are actually getting the holiday decorations out of storage right now!

    • November 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM #

      Hooray for Christmas! 🙂

  14. November 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM #

    There’s a ton of flavor in this dish! Anything that’s quick and tasty has my number. This looks great – thanks!

  15. November 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM #

    One pot? Twenty minutes? Delicious? I’m sold! This will be happening in our house ASAP!

    • November 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

      Awww thanks, girl!

  16. November 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    I love pasta, and this does look wonderful and so fresh! 🙂

  17. November 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM #

    YAY! I’m so glad that you liked the pasta, Ashley! Have a fabulous week!

  18. November 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM #

    How did I miss this? I love weekends and easy dinner recipes! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  19. November 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM #

    What a beautiful plate of pasta, it reminds me of fresh summer flavors and I need that reminder, it is freezing today!

  20. November 13, 2013 at 2:36 AM #

    Great quick dish for a busy weeknight (like it always is in my case!)

    • November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM #

      Same here, Julia!

  21. November 13, 2013 at 3:26 AM #

    Simply delicious pasta…..
    i guess a pinch of chilli flakes made it even better for my licking!

  22. November 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    what is not to love in this dish…delicious pasta 🙂

    • November 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM #

      haha thank yoU!

  23. November 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

    I usually decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend, but since it’s late this year I was thinking on putting up the tree a week before. Wow, you’re mad early…I love it! What a way to get into the spirit.
    I seriously need more 20 minute meals and this looks ideal. I can see why you’d make this over and over again. Definitely a must try!
    I hope you had a nice weekend. 🙂

    • November 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

      Thanks! And yes I love Christmas so I can’t help myself 🙂

  24. November 15, 2013 at 3:04 AM #

    This is genius! Pretty much the perfect dinner for a time-crunched cheapskate like me. 🙂 You always have the best dinner ideas! Thanks Ashley!

    • November 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

      Haha I love it!! Thanks!!

  25. November 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

    Aww…I love that you put your Christmas tree up already! The best idea ever for vacationers before the Thanksgiving holiday. This way, one less thing to do. Then, while you’re busy, you can enjoy it. These one pot pasta meals have me so intrigued. I think the trend started after the trend of baking lasagna without boiling the noodles first took off and compensating with additional water in the sauce. However the trend started, aren’t we all happy? Thanks for a great weeknight meal idea!

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