Easy One Pan Pasta

One-pan pasta is an easy family-friendly meal you can whip up quickly on weeknights. It’s a no-fuss meal using only one cookware and any vegetables you like.

What is a one-pan pasta you ask?

This recipe originated from Martha Stewart back in 2013, and since then, there have been endless adaptations of one-pan pasta recipes, also called one-pot pasta. Essentially the idea is that you don’t have to pre-cook the pasta.

The pasta cooks with the sauce and vegetables all together in one pan. It’s one less pan you have to use, which means quicker dinner on the table, and quick clean-up. We found this video recipe from the blog “Feel Good Foodie” by Yumna.

Watch the video below and scroll down further for the ingredient and instructions.


1 pack of linguine pasta
1 pack of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 ounces baby spinach leaves
1 small onion finely sliced
3 garlic cloves finely sliced
A small handful of basil leaves roughly chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated (optional)


  1. In a large deep pan, place the linguine in addition to the cherry tomatoes, spinach, sliced onions, garlic, and basil. Drizzle the olive on top and season with crushed red pepper and salt.
  2. Pour 4 cups of boiling water (or vegetable/chicken stock) into the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally with tongs, until the liquid is nearly evaporated, creating a sauce.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy warm.

25 minutes · Vegetarian · Serves 4 


For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe:

To make it gluten-free, you can use any gluten-free pasta of your choice.

To make it vegan, just skip the Parmesan cheese, or add in nutritional yeast or a vegan parmesan substitute.

To make the sauce more creamy, you can add some milk instead of some water.

Feel free to substitute any vegetables you don’t like.

Bon Appétit gents!

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24 thoughts on “Easy One Pan Pasta

  1. Thato M. says:

    I’ve been dating my lady for the past 5years with no cooking experience till she started teaching me. Now I know a few dishes with an addition to the one pan pasta. Thanks

  2. Percyval M. says:

    Me and cooking are not friends, but thanks to MANBOX and their tips on cooking, I am surely but slowly getting there! I will most definately try out this dish.

  3. Tseko K. says:

    Wow, what a fast and easy way to prepare some delicious pasta meal. From now on I’m definitely a “one pan pasta” expert. It saves so much time and having to clean up of course which most of us hate 😄😄. Thanks manbox these tips are really helpful!

  4. Luke W. says:

    I like that It’s all done in one pan. Sometimes I like trying my hand in the kitchen to give my wife a break. This is something that I’m going to try. We need more of these recipes. Great stuff guys