one-pot pasta

It’s snowing again.

When I moved to DC I thought I would be done with this kind of winter! On the bright side, snow days are perfect for staying in and cooking something yummy. This is a recipe that’s warm, filling, and fairly nutritious on a cold night. Plus, it’s easy to make and easy to clean up. What more can you ask for?

It starts off looking beautiful! But don’t get your hopes up – by the end, everything is tomato-colored. And delicious.

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One-Pot Pasta

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ground beef
  • rotini (1/2 box)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2-3 basil leaves (or 1-2 tsp ground basil)
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • hot sauce


  1. Cut tomatoes into large chunks. Dice the onion. Crush or mince garlic.
  2. Brown the ground beef and the garlic in the bottom of your pot.
  3. Once the beef is about halfway between raw and brown, add the oil and onion.
  4. When it’s browned, add the rotini and water.
  5. Throw in the tomatoes, the salt, add a dash or two of hot sauce, and let it simmer uncovered.
  6. Stir occasionally until the pasta is cooked.

Hope you enjoy! What else is a good dinner for a winter night?


2 thoughts on “one-pot pasta

  1. Mia's mom March 5, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Looks yummy


  2. Terry Fucik March 6, 2015 / 12:19 am

    Looks great!


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