One-Pot Wonders

Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta

May  1, 2021
74 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

This pasta cooks entirely in one pan (without boiling water first) and makes its own sauce, all in about 9 minutes. Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart Living (June 2013) —Genius Recipes

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Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
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Directions
  1. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (the linguine should lay flat).
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs or a fork, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with olive oil and Parmesan.

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190 Reviews

Beth July 18, 2021
I'm with you, Lindalilly. Too starchy, but the veggie part is great. Just cook the pasta separately, which of course negates the idea of fewer pans to clean, but the result is worth it.
 
Lindalilly July 18, 2021
I have tried this recipe three times and just can’t get on board with it. The pasta emits too much starch into the dish which seems to distract from the flavour. I know friends have had more success with it but I’ll have to pass on this recipe.
 
Moo May 25, 2021
Nice! I dumped the evoo in the pan and tossed in the garlic, then the onion and let that sizzle for minute or two. Added a tbsp of butter and maybe 1/4 heavy cream about half way through. Family was skeptical, but it all got eaten. Next time… some grilled Italian sausage on top or even better, shrimp.
 
VA C. January 4, 2021
Glad I tried this method, as I was curious. Appreciate the recipe! Bottom line: having fewer pans to clean was nice, and I loved not having to wash a colander -- a fabulous advantage in some situations, such as right after a long day -- but I didn't care for the resulting starchiness of the pasta despite my best effort. I probably won't make it again. Personal taste. I suggest: (1) Use a large pan of the type illustrated, not a pot. This recipe relies on evaporation and some reduction. (2) Use enough liquid to cover, plus a bit, rather than slavishly following the quantity listed. (3) For better flavor, use broth, beer, etc. rather than plain water; adapt and crank up seasonings to your taste; and throw in a few more lipids, e.g. some butter at the end. (4) Monitor carefully, perhaps using a spatula to keep pasta off the bottom and definitely tongs once the linguini is nearly cooked -- but to avoid stickiness, do NOT overmanipulate. There's a reason we don't stir pasta while it boils conventionally, right? The same physics and chemistry apply here, but are harder to placate in this shallow-pan setup.

PS: Heavens, no, dear fellow reviewers, what makes anyone imagine that gluten-free pasta would be a natural choice for this recipe? Gluten is what holds together traditional pasta and gives it a wee bit of stretch. I predict a soggy mess with GF product, but if someone has advice on technique, do share. Also, in terms of pasta shape, I suspect linguini is called for here because it has the best chance of laying flat under the liquid and other ingredients, so that it may boil properly. Finally, rather than following the recipe's suggested cooking time to a tee and then being disappointed, it may help to pay attention to the pasta itself and recognize it may take a bit longer than the time range on the box, because here we are not boiling in copious water, but a broth with veggies.

PPS: Note that the recipe does not call for an entire pound (16 oz) of linguini, which most boxes contain, but 12 ounces. That corresponds to the amount of fresh cherry tomatoes called for.
 
Roz February 17, 2021
I've made similar one pot recipes using GF pasta. The brand used was Jovial and the shape with the best result was fusilli, but penne also worked tolerably well. The fusilli cooked in the time on the box, while the penne took 3 minutes longer. Tinkyada would probably turn to mush. I have not tried this method with Banza chickpea pasta. GF pasta is sold in smaller packages than normal pasta, so adjustments may be necessary. When cooking for two I use 5 - 6 oz of dry pasta.
 
VA C. January 4, 2021
Glad I tried this method, as I was curious. Appreciate the recipe! Bottom line: having fewer pans to clean was nice, and I loved not having to wash a colander -- a fabulous advantage in some situations, such as right after a long day -- but I didn't care for the resulting starchiness of the pasta despite my best effort. I probably won't make it again. Personal taste. I suggest: (1) Use a large pan of the type illustrated, not a pot. This recipe relies on evaporation and some reduction. (2) Use enough liquid to cover, plus a bit, rather than slavishly following the quantity listed. (3) For better flavor, use broth, beer, etc. rather than plain water; adapt and crank up seasonings to your taste; and throw in a few more lipids, e.g. some butter at the end. (4) Monitor carefully, perhaps using a spatula to keep pasta off the bottom and definitely tongs once the linguini is nearly cooked -- but to avoid stickiness, do NOT overmanipulate. There's a reason we don't stir pasta while it boils conventionally, right? The same physics and chemistry apply here, but are harder to placate in this shallow-pan setup.

PS: Heavens, no, dear fellow reviewers, what makes anyone imagine that gluten-free pasta would be a natural choice for this recipe? Gluten is what holds together traditional pasta and gives it a wee bit of stretch. I predict a soggy mess with GF product, but if someone has advice on technique, do share. Also, in terms of pasta shape, I suspect linguini is called for here because it has the best chance of laying flat under the liquid and other ingredients, so that it may boil properly. Finally, rather than following the recipe's suggested cooking time to a tee and then being disappointed, it may help to pay attention to the pasta itself and recognize it may take a bit longer than the time range on the box, because here we are not boiling in copious water, but a broth with veggies.
 
BR95510 November 3, 2020
I'm reviewing this for a second time because this past weekend, I cooked this recipe over a campfire in a Lodge Cook-It-All cast iron pot. As when I cooked it at home, it came out wonderfully. I chopped the onion and garlic and put it in a ziplock bag before we left for camping. It was so easy to throw together once we had the fire going. I'm always stunned by the negative comments. Yes, I did have to cook it a tad longer than expected, but you pull a piece of pasta out, check it, and adjust accordingly. This recipe is a camper's best friend!
 
Joyce W. November 3, 2020
I won’t make this again. In order to achieve any taste I had to drain and reduce and fiddle and taste and fuss endlessly.. too much water for starters. The old way is faster and more foolproof. I do love the lemon pasta for one and think that using larger quanties of ingredients makes for a muted, overcooked dish.
 
Heather H. January 3, 2021

I have to wonder if you measured your water correctly... and if you did, what sort of pan you were using. This will not work in a pot, it requires a large skillet. Skillets allow more water to evaporate, thereby reducing the amount of water significantly faster. The recipe calls for a large skillet specifically so the water will evaporate fast enough to leave you with an appropriately sauced pasta.
 
Bread &. October 14, 2020
I understand the mix of positive and negative reviews here as this is one that either really works or really doesn't, and the factors that make it work or not can be a bit imprecise (you have to have exactly the right amount of all the ingredients and sometimes it's hard to tell--I'm blessed with a local supermarket that sells tomatoes in labelled 6oz packages lol) but this recipe will always have a special place in my heart because it's what I make when I have no energy but want to get back to Real Food. The colors and the scents of the fresh ingredients make me happy and the simple flavors are comforting, and I think pasta helps your brain produce serotonin or something? All I know is I make this and I feel better, and I hope other people do too.
 
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Krispyecca July 21, 2020
Eating this now and loving it--great way to use up CSA cherry tomatoes. I think maybe the recipe calls for too much water--it had not evaporated by the time the pasta was cooked. Perhaps this accounts for reviewers saying it turned out mushy? Next time I will try starting with 4 cups water instead of 4.5 and go from there.
 
Lillianna M. July 17, 2020
This is so bland... the only thing that adds flavor is the grated cheese at the end. Boiling onions and garlic takes all the taste from them. Quick, easy, not worth it.
 
tbalx April 20, 2021
Exactly. No built up flavor whatsoever. IF I try it again, I'll use chicken broth and use a lot more seasoning and aromatics.
 
Tawnya D. June 9, 2020
I tried it and it’s bit one note and bland. I sautéed red miso and vegan butter, then added the rest of the ingredients. It was Luscious and rich and didn’t need any Parmesan. This recipe lends itself to variation.
 
Toni A. May 28, 2020
I have made this several times now. My family and I love it for the fresh taste and I especially love how quick it is to make! I don’t understand any of the negative comments. Why is everyone a critic?
 
Steven W. May 13, 2020
Seems great, but I am not a fan of overly starchy things...for me, (and my taste only, no need to get upset) pre-cook the pasta to just before al dente and then let it finish in the pan (without all that water added of course.)
 
Gina L. April 7, 2020
Do not try this recipe with gluten free noodles. It turns to mush.
 
ChefK November 26, 2020
Gina,

I was just about to try this with Tinkyada spaghetti. What kind did you use?
 
Zooeybgood February 13, 2021
I’ve found the Rummo & Colavita brands of gf pasta are the best. They’re made w/ Corn & rice.
 
Charlotte L. January 21, 2020
This was such a quick and easy pasta! I used half chicken broth to add flavor. Amazing how this all came together.
 
Mitslal G. December 31, 2019
I just tried it & I like it. Easy, delicious and efficient. Thank you for this recipe
 
debrl December 31, 2019
I'm thinking this would work just as well with gluten free pasta, has anybody tried it?
 
keg72 December 31, 2019
Because of the fact that the “sauce” is made from the starchy cooking water, I’m not sure that gluten free pasta would work the same as regular (because I don’t think the starch thrown off by the pasta would be the same).
 
Gina L. April 7, 2020
NO. Doesn't work with gluten free noodles. Disaster.
 
nope doesnt work! I tried! Terrible mush ball!
 
Connie E. November 4, 2020
Another reviewer (see above) said that gluten free pasta turned to mush.
 
Janine May 15, 2021
Dang, I should have read this before I put it together! Well, we will see what happens with the GF spaghetti noodles I just put in the pan! I'm trying the Banza. I'll try to not stir it too much and take it off the heat before it becomes mush. Will report back!
 
Beth December 29, 2019
I tried this again because I was in a hurry, and this time I pulsed the tomatoes in the processor a couple of times. Also added a small can of tomato sauce, and it was much better. The linguini was a little mushy as one reviewer said, but not too bad. It lends itself to a lot of variations, and is easy to throw together, so I'll probably do it again. Maybe with macaroni instead of linguini next time, easier to pick up.
 
janet V. January 30, 2021
All I had on hand was a couple of fresh and some frozen garden tomatoes. I chopped them and loved the way it made a sauce that covered all the pasta. Probably similar to your results.
 
Fatemah R. December 29, 2019
Lovely recipe which allows lots of ways to personalise and make it your own. I took the advice of others and sauteed my onions and garlic first. I also added some tomato paste before adding my pasta as well as chili flakes. I ended up using all of the water and a bit more but I guess that depends on the make of pasta. It took a bit longer to cook but again that is to taste and the pasta itself. All in all a great recipe and a quick midweek meal.