Apr 242015

One Pot Meal: Pasta with Tomatoes & Spinach

asta, onions, Garlic, cherry tomatoes, spinach with water and oilOne pot to cook in, one pot to clean up afterward. This convenient, tasty dish will not only become a family favorite with those around the table, but might be even more appreciated by whoever’s on clean up duty.

Level: Easy
Cost: $$$$
Nutrition: ♥♥♥♥
Skills: Slicing, boiling,
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One Pot Meal: Pasta with Tomatoes & Spinach


  • 12 oz linguine
  • 12 oz package of cherry tomatoes, each sliced in half
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • two heaping handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil (optional)
  • grated parmesan cheese for topping (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients, except parmesan cheese, into a straight-sided sauté pan.
  2. Turn heat to high and heat until water boils.
  3. Reduce heat just enough to keep the water at a boil, but not boil over.
  4. Set your kitchen timer for 9 minutes.
  5. Cook while gently stirring ingredients in pan.
  6. Check pasta for doneness after nine minutes. Boil slightly longer for softer pasta.
  7. Transfer servings to plates.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired.

Serves 4



Very excitable and prone to fits of glee, Christine cooks on a vintage 1950 General Electric double-oven stove, does not have a dishwasher unless you count the husband, and is guilty of posting cat cuteness on the interwebs. She photographs and blogs about food and other joyful topics from her home in Vermont.

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