One-Pot Wonders

One-Pan Pasta with Canned Tomatoes

May  6, 2019
0 Ratings
Photo by Holly
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is a variation on Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta recipe, for when fresh cherry tomatoes are not in season and/or you'd rather use canned tomatoes. The portions are reduced to serve 2 rather than 4. I was skeptical, but since the proportion of liquid stays about the same, it worked very well and still had the starchy benefits of the original, with the same cooking time. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn and to add more liquid if necessary. SautĂ© the onions and garlic in olive oil first for a richer flavor. —Holly

What You'll Need
  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • 14 ounces canned crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (4 oz)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed to thin sauce
  • dry red wine, to taste or as needed to thin sauce (optional)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Combine pasta, canned tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, oil, salt and pepper to taste, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (the pasta 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 (about 9 minutes). If sauce thickens too much or starts to stick to the pan, add more water or red wine as needed to thin the sauce and prevent burning.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese. Divide among 2 bowls, or serve straight from the pan.

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2 Reviews

Susan August 8, 2020
This is good. It didn't taste like something out of a can. You do need to watch it, I wandered off and it stuck to the bottom of the pan. That was my doing not the recipe's fault.
Marilynn April 28, 2020
This recipe was quick and tasted wonderful. I made it with rotini.