One-Pot Spinach Pasta

We’ve all heard the tales of how Italians traditionally let their pasta sauces simmer for one whole day before serving them up to maximize the flavor, but who has time to watch over bubbling sauce all day these days? Thankfully, there are ways to cook simple but flavorful pasta dishes in less than half an hour. One of them is this one-pot spinach pasta dish.

There’s nothing simpler than this one-pot spinach pasta dish. You only need to dump all the ingredients in a pot and set the stove to high until the broth reaches a rolling boil. Then you keep it boiling on low for some ten to 15 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the pasta is cooked. This clever pasta dish is from Beth of Budget Bytes.


4 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
12 oz. fettuccine
8 oz. frozen chopped spinach
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
½ Tbsp dried basil
½ Tbsp dried oregano
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
freshly cracked pepper to taste
2 oz. feta cheese


  1. Add four cups of vegetable broth to a large pot. Break the fettuccine in half to make stirring easier later, and then add it to the pot. Also add the canned tomatoes (undrained), olive oil, frozen spinach, onion (thinly sliced), garlic (thinly sliced), basil, oregano, red pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper.
  2. Make sure the ingredients are submerged under the liquid, place a lid on top of the pot, and then turn the heat on to high. Allow the pot to come up to a full, rolling boil over high heat then remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Allow the pot to continue to boil over medium heat, without a lid, for 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the pot every few minutes as it cooks to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, but avoid over stirring which can cause the pasta to become sticky and mushy. The pot must be boiling the entire time.
  4. After the pasta is cooked, crumble the feta cheese over top and serve.


Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Budget Bytes.

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