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This one-pot pasta with tangy tomato-basil sauce is a simple, fast and easy weeknight dinner. All of your ingredients go into one pot, and with a bit of stirring and about 25 minutes of cook time, you'll have a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy.

EatingWell.com, March 2019; updated February 2023


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins

What Type of Pasta Should I Use?

We use whole-wheat rotini for this recipe, but feel free to use whole-wheat fusilli, penne, gemelli, cavatappi or any other short pasta. Shorter pasta is easier to stir during cooking and sticks less than longer-shaped pasta.

Is One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta Vegetarian?

It can be! We recommend using low-sodium "no-chicken" broth, which is a vegetarian broth with a hearty, rich flavor. Look for "no-chicken" broth with the soups and broths in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets. Feel free to use your favorite store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth or stock, or make your own vegetable broth or vegetable stock. For a vegan version of the recipe, omit the Parmesan cheese and use nutritional yeast instead.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine pasta, water, broth, tomatoes, oil, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in kale and cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes more. (If using spinach, add it after about 10 minutes, so it cooks in the remaining 2 to 3 minutes.) Stir in basil. Garnish with Parmesan, if desired.



Large pot

Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
339 calories; protein 11.4g; carbohydrates 55.3g; dietary fiber 7.9g; sugars 5.5g; fat 9.9g; saturated fat 1.4g; vitamin a iu 3343.5IU; vitamin c 47.1mg; folate 70.4mcg; calcium 87.3mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 100.3mg; potassium 308.2mg; sodium 465.2mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

3 starch, 1 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 vegetable