One-pot pasta dinner

Brandi Bidot

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This easy recipe uses a single pot for all the cooking, making dinnertime a breeze for Mom.

One pot pasta dinner

Sometimes the weeknights can get hectic, making dinner planning stressful and not fun for Mom. This super-easy recipe takes away the frustrations and uses a single pot for the entire dinner. This recipe calls for diced bacon but if you are a vegetarian, simply omit the meat and use crumbled veggie burgers or even tempeh if you desire a meaty texture.

One-pot pasta dinner recipe

Yields 8 servings


  • 1 pound apple wood smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped or sliced thin


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add the diced bacon and cook until no longer pink. Transfer cooked bacon to a dish lined with paper towels to help remove excess grease.
  2. In the same pan add the onions. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the onions become soft and transparent. Add in the garlic and cook an additional minute stirring frequently.
  3. Add in the tomato sauce, garlic and the cooked bacon bringing to a light simmer.
  4. Once the sauce is simmering, carefully add the cooked pasta and 1/4 of the Parmesan cheese. Using tongs gently toss the pasta to distribute the sauce evenly. Remove from the heat and garnish with remaining Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm.

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Brandi Bidot
Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic eating and tries to eat as natural and as unprocessed as possible. Frequenting farmers markets for the freshest produce possible, Brandi prefers to cook all of her family’s meals at home. She has a background in nutrition and photography and is the creator of the food blog