Thursday, January 9, 2014

One Pot Penne Pasta

If you are looking for an easy dinner, one that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less, than this is your dinner. 

Best yet, it is made in 1 pot, which means you can have dinner cleaned up in less than 30 minutes too. 

We’ve made one other one pot pasta dish, a cheeseburger variety, but I’m partial to this one simply because I love the combination of the whole grain penne with tomatoes, basil and cheese.  It’s delicious. 

One Pot Penne Pasta – Adapted from Apron Strings


  • 3 C whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 – 1 C water, if needed
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese, divided


In the bottom of a large stockpot, place uncooked pasta, minced onion, garlic, basil and oregano. 

Add in 1 can of diced tomatoes (do not drain the tomatoes) and quartered mushrooms.

Add in 4 C chicken stock, salt and pepper. 

Cover, and bring the pot to a boil.  Stir, and reduce the pasta pot to a simmer.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is cooked.  If the dish seems dry (it might, depending on the brand of pasta you used), add up to 1 C water during the simmering. 

Remove from the heat and add in 2 T Parmesan cheese. 

Serve warm topped with additional Parmesan cheese. 

This meal could easily be adapted to your personal preferences – not a fan of mushrooms, try bell peppers or zucchini instead!  Up for more of a traditional spaghetti, go for sliced carrots.  Serve with a salad, steamed veggies or grilled chicken. 


  1. My kind of easy dinner! I love this idea!

    1. Me too! It has gotten me thinking about what else I can make in one pot and in 30-mins or less.

  2. Oh my! This was amazing!! And so easy! I'm a "very early" morning kind of cooking person, so this ended up being my! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.


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