One pan pasta with tomato sauce

March 29, 2015 Published by Dina

Pasta for me, as I imagine it is for most people, is the go to food when you need to make a quick dinner without turning the kitchen inside out. And, since I discovered the one pan pasta method it has become the go to method for a quick pasta dish. I have made it a few times now, changing it a little every time.

Today I came back with a few grocery bags but needed to have dinner before I could even start to unpack. I had lovely homemade tomato sauce in the fridge and I thought I’d incorporate it into the pasta. I followed the same method as before but added some of the tomato sauce to the cooking liquid both in the beginning and at the end. I didn’t let the pasta absorb all of the liquid and left it nice and saucy. It really was delish, al dente pasta in just the right amount of light tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, basil and a few slices of onion in the mix if you wanted them (my husband did). Just enough for 2-4 servings. There was still light outside so I thought I’d quickly photograph and share.

Here is a link to my tomato sauce recipe. I make a batch and store in the fridge or freezer  in smaller jars, just enough for a couple of servings.



One pan pasta with tomato sauce

One pan pasta with tomato sauce



12 oz dry pasta (I used spaghetti)

Making home made pasta

Making home made pasta

1 basket cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small onion, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 large sprigs fresh basil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, more as needed

Freshly ground pepper

4 cups water

2 cups tomato sauce (see recipe here)

1/2 cup grated parmesan for serving


Use a straight sided or another deep skillet about 12″ diameter and 2.5″ deep.

Place the tomatoes, pasta, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, basil and olive oil in the skillet. Add the water, one cup of the tomato sauce and salt and pepper.

Place over high heat and bring to a boil.

Boil the pasta stirring frequently (use tongs) until the water is reduce and the pasta is almost done.

Add the remaining tomato sauce (as much as you think you need at that point to create a nice sauce. Don’t let the sauce evaporate, it should be fairly runny as it will thicken more as it finishes cooking. Continue to cook until pasta is just al dente. Total cooking time is about 9-10 minutes.Don’t let the pasta over cook.

Add parmesan and adjust for salt and pepper.

Divide among 4 serving plates and serve hot, with additional grated parmesan.


One pot pasta with tomato sauce

One pot pasta with tomato sauce

One pot pasta with tomato sauce

One pot pasta with tomato sauce


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