Martha’s One-Pan Pasta

I have a confession, I love Martha Stewart.  Actually, I love Martha Stewart’s brand, it is the epitome of all things food, craft and beyond.  Usually, if I come across a recipe with her name attached, it is pretty tasty but often too complicated for a weeknight meal.  During one of my many 10pm Pinterest marathons, I came across a beautiful picture of fresh tomatoes, basil, and other fresh ingredients with the title “one-pan pasta”.  When I clicked through and discovered it was Martha, I knew I had to put it on my meal plan.  This is the perfect weeknight meal, and I was able to prep everything earlier in the day, the actual cooking time is less than 10 minutes!  I added some sliced chicken for extra protein, next time I think I will add chicken sausage instead.  Oh, and I tried to photograph mine to make it very Martha, it just looks so pretty!  Below is my adapted recipe, here’s the link to the original:


One-Pan Pasta (4 Servings)


  • 1 box long pasta (I used whole grain spaghetti)
  • 10-12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves 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 and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. STEP 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. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.