Cooking With Cat: One Pan Pasta

One Pan PastaRecipe from


  • 12 oz. linguine
  • 12 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 onion thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  • Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, and water in a deep saute pan.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Boil mixture, stirring frequently until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about nine minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide to serve, top with basil, oil, and Parmesan.

I’d like to start by stating this is not my picture of the one-pan pasta. This picture is so much more beautiful—look at those colors all in one pan! That picture is one of the reasons why I was drawn to this recipe. And the simplicity; it’s such a quick, easy dish and is so versatile, you can kind of do whatever you want with it and make it completely your own. I stayed as close to the recipe as possible, however added less onions. Two cups of onions in that pan looked like way too much. For next time, I would definitely add more basil, lots and lots of basil. The flavor was decent, but I was really missing a sauce and wishing this was more cream-based. So I would also try and make this pasta a bit saucier next time!



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