This super simple version of one pot pasta features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color.
My mom was the kind of cook who, while completely capable of following a recipe or trying something new, typically stuck to the same 10 or so dinner recipes over the course of my childhood. As I got older I remember thinking “Doesn’t she get sick of making the same thing all the time? I’m kind of tired of eating it!”
I vowed that I would never make the same dinner every week when I was a mom. For the most part, I don’t make the same thing all of the time, because food blogging doesn’t allow for that.
I don’t think I fully appreciated how my mom must have felt making dinner for our family night after night, regardless of what her days were like. We always had a homemade meal that was both tasty and healthy.
I didn’t view my mom as someone who had bad days, or just didn’t feel like cooking, or was tired and wished someone else would (or could) just make dinner for a change. I totally think she must have felt those things often, and maybe that’s why our dinner routine was fairly simplified, because I totally feel like that about half the nights cooking for my kids. I think my mom was just better than I am at not putting those feelings on display for the rest of the family.
I think it is good that my kids know that their mom is a person too, who has feelings, gets tired, and occasionally just doesn’t want to deal…but sometimes I definitely think I could let them see a little less of that person.
So, this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta is perfect for nights that I just don’t want to deal with dinner. It is a fix it and forget it recipe for the most part. Its meatless, so I don’t have to worry about taking meat out to thaw.
Its the best kind of pantry meal – seriously, I always have pasta, milk, cheese, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes – if I haven’t planned ahead because it still looks like I kind put some effort into dinner even though it took practically zero thought or time to make.
If you want to dress this recipe up a little more, it is a great base. Here are a few ideas:
- Italian Sausage + Fresh Basil
- Canned or Marinated Artichoke Hearts + Kalamata Olives + Fresh Oregano + Lemon Juice + Feta Garnish
- Red Bell Peppers + Sauteed Mushrooms
- Grilled Chicken Strips
I love a good, easy recipe like this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta, especially when I have the option to dress it up a little bit if time allows. I think of it as my dinner cheat sheet.
The Perfect One Pot Pan
The Good Cook 11″ Deep Saute Pan with Lid is the ideal One Pot Pasta pan. Large enough for all the ingredients, one batch of this pasta (which feeds four to six) fit perfectly in this pan. The liquids didn’t boil over the deep edges, the cover keeps splatters off your stovetop and the cooked dish fills the interior nicely. Sleek black, with simple lines, this pan looks good enough to go right on your serving table. Just pop a Pasta Fork in and dish straight out of the pan.
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Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta
- 1 Shallot, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup chopped Sundried Tomatoes
- 2 1/2 cups packed chopped fresh spinach
- 8 ounces Linguini, broken in half
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
In a large, deep skillet or a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, linguini, broth, and milk to the shallots and garlic. Stir to combine. Season, to your personal taste, with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring every few minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente, about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the parmesan, stir to combine, and serve sprinkled with additional parmesan.