In this magical recipe for one-pot spaghetti with tomatoes and kale, starchy pasta water creates a flavorful "sauce" for the noodles. Trust me, you'll never cook spaghetti any other way after trying this simple but amazing recipe.
This one-pot method for cooking spaghetti is brilliant in every way. It's easy, fast and will make the most flavorful spaghetti you've ever eaten.
That's a big statement, so let me clarify. This isn't red-sauce and meatballs spaghetti. That's a whole different category. This is a simple bowl of pasta tossed with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and kale. But something truly magical happens when everything is cooked together in one-pot.
The pasta water is absorbed by the noodles, creating a starchy "sauce" with amazing flavor. Honestly, you have to try this recipe yourself to understand why it's so good. There's something magical about watching a few simple ingredients come together quickly into such a delicious meal.
We ate this one-pot spaghetti for lunch on a weekend, which was also pretty magical. When was the last time you stopped in the middle of the day and enjoyed a leisurely family meal? It's lovely, I highly recommend it!
One-Pot Spaghetti Variations
After making this recipe once, you'll start thinking about variations you'd like to try in the future. This is a recipe that can be built around what's in your pantry. Here are a few variations I'd like to try:
- Add a can of drained chickpeas or white beans
- Add lots of fresh herbs before serving
- Add red pepper flakes for heat
- Use fresh kale or spinach, torn into small pieces, instead of frozen
- Add frozen corn
- Add sliced, pre-cooked sausage
Can I use Other Types of Noodles for One-Pot Pasta?
Any long noodle, like fettucine or linguine, should also work in this recipe, although I have not tried them yet myself and the cooking time might have to be adjusted slightly.
More Pasta Recipes You'll Love
- Instant Pot Bowtie Pasta
- Shrimp Linguine with Arugula Pesto
- Pasta with Pork and Ricotta Meatballs
- My Favorite Vegetable Lasagna
This recipe was adapted from the New York Times recipe for One-Pot Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Kale.Print