Today I am taking the one bowl meal to a different level of smart (read lazy in my kitchen) cooking!
Turn that laughter into a smile because although it’s a bit lazy to just plop everything into a pot to cook, but the deliciousness factor doesn’t reduce. I feel that one pot meals or slow cooker recipes or pressure cooker recipes keep the nutrition of the food being cooked intact to a greater level than our open pot curry counterparts. And not to forget, it’s less headache, less prep, quick (in case of slow cooker recipes, you can put the food in and just forget about it till dinner time so it still qualifies as quick) yet tasty dinners.
Here is a one pot spaghetti recipe which comes out as yummy as the fancy elaborate one’s we would make over a weekend or when we have time.
Just plop everything in a deep and heavy bottomed pan and cover and cook on simmer. It’s really so easy!
Cover and cook till spaghetti is done. Now is the time to add cheese and cream (if using).
Once ready, you serve it in individual bowls, sprinkle some cheese, drizzle some tobacco, garnish with some fresh basil (and why not when you have a basil plant of your own at home) and EAT! You can also make yourself a quick fruit salad to cut through all that acidity of tomatoes. I love my Watermelon (or musk melon/pear) Caprese salad (coming soon) with hot pasta!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
One Pot Spaghetti : A tangy and cheesy one pot Italian delight ready to be served in just a few minutes.
Recipe type: Dinner/Lunch/OnePotMeal
Serving Size: Makes 3 Bowls
- Spaghetti (I prefer the whole-wheat version) – 130 gms
- Onion, sliced – 1 Medium
- Mushrooms, washed and sliced – 100 gms (substitute any vegetable of your choice)
- Garlic, chopped – 1.5 tbsp
- Celery, chopped – 1 tbsp (optional)
- Tomatoes chopped – 3 Medium
- Fresh Basil – 1/2 cup or Dried Basil – 1.5 tbsp
- Fresh Parsley – 1/4 cup
- Dried Oregano – 1 tsp
- Dried Sage – 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Black Pepper powder – 3/4 tsp
- Sugar/Honey – 1 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Cheese – 1/2 cup
- Water – 1.5 cups (more if needed)
For Garnish (optional)
- Fresh Basil
- Put everything together in a deep pan and put the gas on high. Once everything comes to a boil and the spaghetti has submerged entirely in water, put a lid on and let it simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Take the lid off and let it continue to cook on simmer until the Spaghetti is just done! Mix the cheese now and serve hot!
- You can even use pre-made pasta sauce directly (just like I have done) and reduce the prep time. You can substitute the tomatoes and herbs by directly using the pasta sauce. However, try adding fresh herbs any which way. Fresh herbs can bring up the whole dish.
Notes: You can substitute mushrooms with any vegetable of your choice and/or chicken.