One-Pan Pasta


All of your ingredients—pasta, tomatoes, onions, and olive oil—cook together in one pan.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

It's one of our most popular recipes—and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. It uses a revolutionary technique: All the ingredients cook together in the same pan (a straight-sided skillet). You don’t even need to boil water first. 

You can use cherry or grape tomatoes for this recipe. You’ll also need onion, garlic, fresh basil (this is not a time to use dried), plus extra-virgin olive oil. All go into the pan with the linguine. As the pasta cooks, the water reduces, and the starchiness from the pasta transforms the remaining water into a creamy sauce. Don’t skip the Parmesan and more fresh basil to finish the dish!

One-Pan Pasta - pasta in bowls

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  • 12 ounces linguine

  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • ½ 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 ½ cups water

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


One-Pan Pasta - ingredients

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  1. Combine ingredients in pan and bring to a boil:

    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.

    One-Pan Pasta -ingredients in pot

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  2. Cook, stirring:

    Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

    One-Pan Pasta - cooked pasta and tomatoes

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  3. Season and serve:

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

    One-Pan Pasta - in pot

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One-Pan Pasta - pasta in bowls

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