Sunday, October 6, 2013

One Pot Italian Pasta

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe, look no further! 
My favorite part of this dinner is the clean up!  
Everything (except meat if you include it) is cooked in ONE POT! 
I was a little skeptical about this meal but it did not disappoint.  
My parents were in town when I made it and everyone enjoyed it.  
I now keep all these ingredients on hand for those days I forget to plan dinner or don't have lots of time.  

Italian Wonderpot
Adapted from A Tasteful Texan 

4 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
12-16 oz whole wheat fettuccini,  linguini or spaghetti 
8 oz chopped frozen spinach 
1 can diced italian tomatoes (28 oz)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tbsp italian seasoning 
salt and pepper to taste 
*optional- 1 package of italian sausage*

Pour vegetable broth into the pot.  
Break pasta in half and add it to the pot.  
Next, add tomatoes, spinach, garlic and seasoning.  
Make sure all ingredients are under the liquid.  
Place the lid on the pot and bring the broth to a boil. 
Once the broth is at a full boil, remove the lid, bring it down to medium heat and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes.  Stir every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom.  After pasta is cooked, it's ready to serve.  You can add cheese if you wish.  We opted not to add the cheese but did all grilled italian sausage.  

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