One-Pot Wonders

One Pot Veggie Smash Penne Pasta

May  6, 2019
1 Ratings
Photo by Laura Korslund
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I just got back from Texas and was in need of a serious veggie detox after eating BBQ, slaw, BBQ, and a side of BBQ. However, JUST veggies seemed a little too extreme! Additionally, I'm cooking only for one, so a whole box of pasta is another version of extreme.

Adapted from Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta recipe, this meal is packed with flavor AND veggies. If pasta can be healthy, this is definitely it! I halved the original recipe, swapped out linguine for penne, used sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh, and threw whatever veggies I had wilting in the fridge into the pot! This is a perfect pantry and fridge clean-out meal. —Laura Korslund

What You'll Need
  • Pantry Items
  • 8 ounces Penne
  • 1/3 cup Chopped sun-dried tomatoes, with oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
  • Fridge Clean Out
  • 1/2 Red or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Sliced red bell pepper
  • 4 ounces Sliced mushrooms, any kind
  • 1/2 Bunch of asparagus, chopped
  • 2 cups Fresh baby spinach
  • 2 2/3 cups Water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • 4 sprigs Fresh basil, julienned
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy, large, straight sided skillet (preferably with a lid). Add the sliced onions, mushrooms, and red pepper and saute for about 8 minutes, while you chop the other ingredients.
  2. Combine the penne, sun-dried tomatoes and a spoonful of oil from the jar, garlic, red-pepper flakes, half of the basil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (the penne should lay flat).
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs or a spatula, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 11 minutes. Add more water if the mixture seems too dry (may be dependent on how much water your veggies sweat out during the process).
  4. Add the asparagus in the last 2 minutes of boiling, so the asparagus retains some crunch and doesn't get too squishy.
  5. Add baby spinach in the last 1 minute of boiling and mix in.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, put your portion in a bowl(s), and garnish with basil. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan. Eat the rest for leftovers, either at room temp or warmed up!

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1 Review

aquaphase July 19, 2022
This recipe would be absolutely fantastic if the directions made any sense. At no point are we told how much water to add. Also, do we sauté the veggies in the same pot as the penne (as the title would imply), or a second pot like the instructions imply. At what point do you combine the two processes?

My end result was quite delicious, but I took some calculated leaps to get to that end result.

Protip: replace the sun-dried tomatoes with roasted tomatoes in oil. The flavor and texture is far superior to chewing on ear cartilage.