Vegetable One-Pot Pasta

by / ⠀Main dishes One-pot meals Recipes / January 8, 2014

Who says you need a separate pot when you cook up a batch of pasta? In this recipe, we combined all the yummy ingredients you need for pasta into one big pot. We’re not sure what’s better – that you can use whatever veggie you like or that the whole thing cooks in 15 minutes or less!

Serves: 6-8

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes


  • 16 ounces spaghetti (regular, whole wheat or gluten-free)
  • 16 ounces or 4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 small zucchini, large diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 10 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 5-1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Optional topping: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, several basil leaves thinly sliced


1. Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a high boil and then reduce heat to a simmer as you toss it constantly with tongs for about 8 minutes. The stock and tomatoes will reduce down.

2. Do not wait for all of the liquid to evaporate. Taste the pasta as it finishes cooking. When it has softened to your liking remove from the heat. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Scoop into serving bowls and top with fresh cheese and additional basil.

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  • Reply
    Mike Luque
    February 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Fantastic! Because of my long work hours, I tend to cook one huge pot of food on weekends then eat it all week. This will totally work for that. And it’s sooooo simple!

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      Amanda Natividad
      February 6, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Thanks for your comment, Mike. I’m so happy to hear this will be a useful recipe for you! Hope you love the recipe as much as we do! 🙂

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    Reb Thack
    February 25, 2014 at 4:17 am

    We love this recipe. Not only is it super quick and easy, it is incredibly tasty! I omit the red pepper as my littles find it spicy – but that’s ok. We serve it with plenty of siracha on the side. (And I do add a few fresh bay leaves for a little more depth of flavor) My mom now requests this when she’s in town. Keep the fantastic recipes coming, NatureBox!

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      Amanda Natividad
      February 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Aww, that is so kind of you! Thank you for sharing, Reb! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that you and your family love the recipe. Good call on omitting the red pepper but serving sriracha on the side.

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    Amber Dale
    April 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    This is a new favorite. I made it many times during Lent and my family decided to keep it in our normal rotation 🙂 love this. The tiny bit of red pepper gave it a surprising kick.

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      June 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Great tip about adding some red pepper, Amber! Thank you for your kind words!

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    Lori Landsburg
    June 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    LOVE this! Have made it several times and it’s a huge hit!! It is now a favorite quick recipe!!

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      June 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Woohoo! That’s what we love to hear! Thank you so much for your kind words, Lori. 🙂

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    Natasha Spears
    June 9, 2014 at 1:01 am

    this looks delicious? any recommonadations on other veggies? im not big on zucchini. would broccoli or cauliflower work? i was thinking a little bit of apple for a sweet surprise. will definitely be fixing this asap.

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      June 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Natasha! Thanks so much for your comment. I think broccoli or cauliflower would be wonderful additions to this dish! If you like eggplant, that would be a tasty idea as well. 🙂

      Let us know how the recipe turns out!

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    Sarah Davelaar
    July 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Any tips on how to add chicken to this? I usually add chicken to things (keeps the hubby happy), but I’m not sure the best way to cook it.

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      Amanda Natividad
      July 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Sarah! Hmm… In a separate pan, you could saute some chicken breast – just season it with salt and pepper and cook until done, about 6 minutes on each side (if the breast is almost an inch thick). You could then serve it on top of the pasta!

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    June 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    how much water should I use for this?

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