Italian Style One Pot Meal

I have to share a wonderful recipe that uses shelf-stable ingredients. My husband, university student son, and teen daughter all love it and the recipe makes enough that even the men leave the table with full bellies. My son is always glad to take leftovers for a meal at his summer job.

My husband and teenagers love this frugal, meatless, easy meal!

My husband and teenagers love this frugal, meatless, easy meal!

If you don’t understand why having a yummy, frugal recipe that uses shelf stable ingredients might be important, please read my posts about what happened at my house after Topical Storm/Hurricane Ike blew through. The adventure starts here.

Anyway, this recipe is a redo of one posted over at Budget Bytes, which is a redo of a redo of a Martha Steward Living Magazine recipe. It is a meatless meal that will still please the guys. It’s frugal. It’s filling. And it tastes great!

Italian Style One Pot Meal


  • 5 cups stock (Canned or home canned would be shelf stable. Junk Stock is great if you have it!)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 16 oz. whole wheat pasta (My son likes spaghetti, my husband and daughter like rotini. I used penne when I took the pictures. Whatever.)
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained (Or one diced and one stewed. Or a quart of home canned, chopped.)
  • 1 Tbsp. instant minced onion
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tbsp. dried basil (Did you see my grocery save?)
  • ½ Tbsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
This smells so good while it's cooking!

This smells so good while it’s cooking!


Put the stock in a large pot. Add the olive oil. Break up long noodles like spaghetti or fettucine if you’re using them and then add the pasta to the pot. Add everything else except the Parm, stir to combine, and then make sure all of the pasta is submerged under the liquid (Which is why you broke up those long noodles if you’re using them.). Put a nice, snug lid on the pot and crank it up to high heat. Make sure the pot comes to a full, rolling boil and then remove the lid and turn the heat back to medium. Allow the pot to continue to boil, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. You’ll want to stir it often enough that the pasta doesn’t stick but not so often that the pasta starts to break up and get mushy. It’s done when the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed. Top each serving with Parm.

It's quick, easy, frugal, and SO GOOD!

It’s quick, easy, frugal, and SO GOOD!


What kinds of one-pot meals do you make for your family? Please share recipes!

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5 responses to “Italian Style One Pot Meal

  1. This is a good recipe. It seems a lot of people I know read Budget Bytes.

    I can’t think of any purely one pot meals that I make. Do casseroles count?


    • I’m glad you like the recipe! Thanks! I like the dish prepared this way because I can make and serve the meal from the same pot…so less dishes! Plus it is made with shelf-stable ingredients that I keep in the pantry. And Budget Bytes really is a neat site!


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