one-pot summertime pasta

one-pot summertime pasta dish - done in under 30 minutes and you only have to dirty one dish! // cait's plate

I love a good one-pot meal.

One-pot meal means it comes together quickly and (best of all) that you’re only dirtying one pan.  Fewer dirty dishes makes a happy household over in these parts!

one-pot summertime pasta dish - done in under 30 minutes and you only have to dirty one dish! // cait's plate

I know I’ve said this time and time again, but I absolutely love pasta dishes because they make such a perfect vehicle for loading up on nutrition.

You can pile in veggies, lean protein (including dairy!) and flavor from healthy fats giving you an all-in-one meal that not only tastes amazing but is providing you all the nutrition you need.

one-pot summertime pasta dish - done in under 30 minutes and you only have to dirty one dish! // cait's plate

This particular dish is almost like a spicy caprese salad given a little more heft with some whole wheat pasta.  Red pepper flakes give it a bit of heat which is pleasantly off-set by the tri-colored heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella.

one-pot summertime pasta dish - done in under 30 minutes and you only have to dirty one dish! // cait's plate

And if spicy is not for you, it’s no problem!  You can omit or use less of the red pepper flakes.  I made this particular dish without meat, but my husband loves to add strips of chicken into it which is also delicious!

one-pot summertime pasta dish - done in under 30 minutes and you only have to dirty one dish! // cait's plate

ONE-POT SUMMERTIME PASTA

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 16 oz. tri-colored heirloom or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cherry-sized mozzarella (such as ciliegine)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauté pan with high sides (or a large pasta pot) over medium heat
  2. Add olive oil, swirling to coat, then minced garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes
  3. After about 2 minutes, add broth and pasta to the pan bringing to a boil
  4. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add tomatoes and tomato paste, cooking for about 3 more minutes
  6. Remove pan from heat then top with fresh basil and mozzarella

Notes

recipe adapted from cooking light

http://caitsplate.com/one-pot-summertime-pasta/

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