If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal with whatever is lying around your kitchen, this is the right recipe for you! There’s many different one-pot pasta recipes out there, and you can pretty much tailor the recipe to any ingredients you have on hand. I happen to have zucchini and broccoli, but you could use mushrooms, bell peppers, artichokes, onions, olives, spinach, asparagus, and the list goes on! This particular recipe has a creamy sauce, just using a small amount of half and half with freshly grated parmesan cheese. The herbs give it a freshness that just brings the whole dish to life, that you’ll forget you made it all in one pot!
Creamy Veggie One-Pot Spaghetti
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
6 1/2 cups water
12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
2 zucchini, quartered and sliced
2 cups broccoli 3 garlic cloves, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
optional: sprinkle of hot red pepper flakes
toppings: more parmesan cheese and fresh basil
Bring the water to a boil in a large stockpot. If using whole wheat pasta, add the spaghetti first and allow to boil for 3 minutes before adding the zucchini, broccoli, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. *If using regular pasta, feel free to add ingredients all at once. (Whole wheat pasta tends to need a few minutes longer to cook than regular).
Once all the ingredients are added, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and liquid has reduced, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in parmesan, half and half, basil, and hot pepper flakes if desired. Feel free to add more salt and pepper to taste. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan and more fresh basil if desired. Serve immediately.