Skip the mess with this easy one-pot pasta recipe. It works for many types of pasta including gluten-free pastas. With simple pantry ingredients you can create a gourmet creamy and flavorful pasta dinner without too much clean-up after!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces pasta (my favorite is Jovial gluten-free brown rice spaghetti)*
- 1/2 large red onion, diced
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 pinches of red pepper flakes
- 4 cups filtered water
- 2 cups marinara sauce (my favorite is Rao’s marinara sauce – the best!)
- 1/2 cup of easy homemade vegan cashew cream
- 2–3 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
- garnish: fresh basil or parsley
- In a 12-inch cast iron skillet, add oil, pasta, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and water. Bring water to a rolling boil (this takes about 5 minutes). Toss the pasta with tongs every couple minutes to avoid the pasta sticking.
- Keep the skillet uncovered throughout this entire process. As the water starts to evaporate and as the pasta absorbs the water, slowly and gradually reduce the heat (this takes about 8 minutes). Continue tossing the pasta regularly throughout the cooking process so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet.
- Once the water is mostly (not totally) absorbed, make sure the burner is on a low simmer and then stir in the marinara sauce and vegan cashew cream. Allow the pasta to continue to simmer in the sauces until al dente.** Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
- Turn the burner off and stir in spinach to wilt it. Serve immediately with fresh basil or fresh parsley as a garnish.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat leftovers on the stovetop with additional marinara sauce and vegan cashew cream.
*If you have 8 ounces of pasta use 3 cups of water instead of 4 cups of water.
**The cook time will depend on the type of pasta you are using. If you find the pasta is not finished cooking once the sauces have simmered for a couple of minutes you might want to add more water and continue cooking for another couple minutes.
A large pot will not work for this recipe because it does not allow the water to evaporate as quickly.
- Category: Entree
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: easy one-pot pasta