One Pot Vegetable Pasta

By Alexandra Caspero on January 7, 2015

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything into a pot, and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. 

I’m ready to make good on my promises. For the rest of the month, I am bringing you healthy, weeknight meals that are as simple to put together as they are delicious.

As I mentioned last week, one of my New Year, New You things I’m working on is weeknight dinners. You know, actually sitting at a table enjoying healthy, satisfying food and chatting with BL about our day. The complete opposite of what happens 80% of the time- scarfing down cold leftovers because we are a.) too lazy to heat them up on the stove and b.) so hangry it hurts.  We then retreat to our individual laptops to work in relative silence before heading to bed. It ain’t a pretty picture, but it’s the truth.

And, if we are being honest, I bet this is a scenario that you are familiar with as well. Hopefully, not as frequently, but in the case of two working professionals, weeknight dinners tend to get pushed to the back burner. Nutrition aside, sitting down to a weeknight dinner helps me unwind my day and reconnect with BL.

So, here we go. A month of weeknight dinners to help us all get there.

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

 And, shock of the century, we are starting with pasta.

I know I’m a little late to the party, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about all the one pot pastas littering Pinterest last year. While I loved the “throw everything in a pot and you’re done” idea, I wasn’t quite sold that it would be anything to write home about.

You all know I take my pasta VERY seriously.

But, in an effort to really make weeknight meals happen and not just pretend that I’m going to do them and then reach for takeout, I decided to give it a whirl.

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

PINTEREST for the win. I take back every eye roll I ever gave to one-pot pastas.  These babies are amazing!

Throw it in and you are done. Done done. Like actually clean your house while dinner is cooking done. (Don’t get your hopes up BL, it’s only a suggestion).

Similar to pasta primavera, this dish is bursting with flavor- and packed with vegetables.

What I like most about this dish is how customizable it is. Don’t love mushrooms? Use broccoli or zucchini instead! Watching calories? Omit or cut down on the splash of cream at the end.

Whatever your goals, I promise this is a dish you will be reaching for over and over again.

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

I think my favorite part of this meal, besides the pasta, are the frozen green peas. I love love love green peas and will use any excuse I can find to add them to pasta.

Adding in a ton of vegetables also makes this pasta more nutrient dense. That means a cup or two of pasta really isn’t a cup or two of noodles. To up the nutrient density even further, cut down on the pasta and add in more vegetables.

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

What weeknight meals would you like to see this month?

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

Watch how to make it here:

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One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

One Pot Vegetable Pasta

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Description

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. Vegetarian and easily vegan.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti or linguini
  • 4 1/3 cups water
  • 10 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried italian seasoning
  • salt/freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cashew cream, or milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, vegan or regular

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except for the cream and cheese in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for cook for 10 minutes until the pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in a pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper, milk/cream, and cheese.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Katie @ Produce on Parade
      November 17, 2015 AT 6:11 pm

      I’ve made different variations on this a few times now and it’s so quick and easy and scrumptious! Thanks for sharing such a hearty and healthy recipe. I use a cashew heavy cream and it’s just lovely. You rock, Alex! 🙂

    2. Katie @ Produce on Parade
      November 17, 2015 AT 6:11 pm

      I’ve made different variations on this a few times now and it’s so quick and easy and scrumptious! Thanks for sharing such a hearty and healthy recipe. I use a cashew heavy cream and it’s just lovely. You rock, Alex! 🙂

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        November 18, 2015 AT 5:30 am

        Awesome! Thanks for letting me know that cashew cream works! I’m going to add that note in the recipe, thanks Katie!

    3. BTLover2
      March 11, 2015 AT 3:13 pm

      Just want to double check. I’m about to make this (literally) and I’m wondering… is 4 1/3 cups of water all you need? I’ve never made a one-pot pasta dish so perhaps it’s just me. Seems too little. Please let me know. Thanks!!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 11, 2015 AT 3:14 pm

        That’s it! The pasta should come out al dente with a little water reserved to make the sauce. However, always check! If it gets too dry, the just add a bit of water. I’ve made this several times and the 4 1/3 seems to work for me, but you might need to increase to 4 1/2 depending on how saucy you like it!

        1. BTLover2
          March 11, 2015 AT 4:11 pm

          Delicious!! Worked out perfectly as you said. Thank you!

          1. DK
            March 12, 2015 AT 1:39 pm

            Awesome! So happy to hear!

        2. BTLover2
          March 11, 2015 AT 3:16 pm

          Wow! Thanks for the quickest response known to man!! I’m so excited to give this a try! Okay, here goes. Thanks again!!

    4. Carla (@charliesue)
      January 23, 2015 AT 2:50 pm

      Loving this pasta with the veggie inclusions! Great alternative to the tomato-y versions. 🙂

    5. ATasteOfMadness
      January 9, 2015 AT 6:10 pm

      LOVE one pot pastas! This looks so good!

    6. Sara @ The Organic Dietitian
      January 8, 2015 AT 3:34 pm

      Am I blind? I don’t see the pasta listed in the ingredients.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        January 8, 2015 AT 5:35 pm

        AH! Sorry Sara- how did I forget the pasta? *face palm* just updated it now!

    7. YUM!!! Great photos Alex! I love the mushrooms in this, I am definitely trying. Thanks!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        January 8, 2015 AT 5:35 pm

        Yay! I hope you like it!

    8. Athletic Avocado
      January 8, 2015 AT 1:01 pm

      Totally love this concept, easy to make, easy to cleanup, and one delicious dinner! Yum! Pinning!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        January 8, 2015 AT 5:36 pm

        Thanks! They are addicting to make! I can’t stop the one-pot pasta dinners!

    9. Fiona
      January 8, 2015 AT 11:19 am

      I love these kinds of recipes that are quick and easy to make as well as tasty. Sounds like easy clean up too.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        January 8, 2015 AT 5:36 pm

        Thanks Fiona- me too!

    10. Dana | fresh simple five
      January 8, 2015 AT 10:24 am

      I’ve yet to try a one-pot pasta dish either! This one looks so delicious and I like how you could change up the veggies depending on what’s seasonal. I think some asparagus would be awesome here in the spring.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        January 8, 2015 AT 5:41 pm

        Oh, I LOVE that idea!!!