The holidays are a busy time for all of us, especially parents. There are office parties, fundraisers, school parties for each child, shopping trips, drinks with friends, relatives in town, lights to put up, and Christmas trees to set up to name just a few of the things that are eating away at our time this month. How can we make things a little easier? One pot quick and healthy meals! We are a vegetarian house, so I would love to have you all share your favorite one pot recipes in the comments and we can start work on a little collection.
This recipe for a one pot pasta in sauce is one of my favorites. You can change it up by adding a different (fully cooked) protein, leftover veggies, or different herbs. In the summer, you can use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, but you will need a little more water. It is also very nice with shallots instead of onions. If you need more veggies on the side, this goes very well with a simple steamed kale or spinach side.
1 bag of pasta. Any kind of pasta will work okay, but I think this recipe works best with spaghetti and linguini.
1 can of diced tomatoes in juice or 3-4 fresh chopped tomatoes.
1 can of chickpeas or two cups of fresh cooked chickpeas. Fresh beans are super yummy, and you can cook them in a
slow cooker while you are busy. It does make a difference, but that said, I usually end up using canned.
1/4-1/2 of an onion sliced or chopped. This depends on how much your kids will tolerate onion. Red bell peppers
work great as a substitute.
1-4 cloves of sliced garlic. Again, this depends on how much your family likes garlic.
Basil, Rosemary, Sage (whatever you like best) to taste. If you are using basil, use a handful. A few tablespoons of
pesto would also work. For rosemary, sage, or any other herb, you will want to use less. I usually use rosemary
because I have a LOT of it in our yard.
1/4 cup olive oil.
1/4 cup wine or stock. I like white, not sure how red would work.
3 cups of water.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Parmesan to taste.
Break the spaghetti in half before cooking so it will fit in your pot and be more manageable for kids to eat. Put everything, except the Parmesan into one big pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat for another 8 minutes or so, until the pasta is just right. Make sure to stir frequently enough to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of your pan. When the pasta is done, remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Dinner is served. Enjoy
I took some photos of the finished product, but the kids were gobbling it up so wildly that the pictures turned out more scary than inspirational. The top photo is of everything in the pot right before turning on the heat.