This oh so creamy easy one pot pasta recipe is the latest in my series of the simplest vegetarian recipes here on Thinly Spread. With two of my offspring now ensconced at University I am sharing the easiest recipes in my repertoire every Wednesday during term time. It is a mixture of vegetarian and vegan dishes all of which require very few ingredients and very little time to make so I’m hoping they will appeal to lots of you as well as providing an online cookbook for them! If you’re baffled by anything in a recipe I’m compiling a glossary of cookery terms as we go along. If you’re still not sure just ask – either here in a comment or over on social media!
Easy one pot pasta recipes apparently first appeared on the internet via Martha Stewart and they can now be seen everywhere. They are the simplest supper you can make without resorting to pre packed processed food, take away or cheese on toast. I make them a lot on the boat because they don’t involve me moving pans of boiling water about or trying to fit lots of pots on my two ring burner! This creamy linguine with broccoli and peas takes ten minutes to cook, it tastes amazing and it is filling and nutritious – what more could you ask for?!
Easy One Pot Pasta – The Simplest Vegetarian Food
- 3 spring onions scallions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100 g broccoli
- 200 g linguine/tagliatelle or any pasta which takes 9-11 minutes to cook, check the packet
- 4 cups/950ml vegetable stock I used Marigold Bouillon powder but you can use any vegetable stock – cube, powder or liquid
- 1/2 cup/50g frozen petit pois little peas
- 1/2 cup/50g grated cheddar
- Black pepper to taste
- A sharp knife
- A chopping board
- A large saucepan
- A wooden spoon
Trim and chop the spring onions (cut off the root and the top of the leaves and slice into little rounds)
Peel and chop the garlic
Chop the broccoli into small pieces
Gently heat the olive oil in the pan
Add the spring onions and garlic, sizzle gently for one minute
Add the broccoli, pasta and stock
Bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking
Add the peas and simmer for a further 3 minutes, stirring
Stir in the cheese, add black pepper to taste and serve!
As the pasta cooks it releases its starch and as the stock reduces it all melds into one creamy sauce, it’s like magic! I kicked myself for pouring pasta water down the drain for so many years once I’d made my first one pot!
Now, just to make it even easier for you to perfect your culinary skills Mr TS and I have started making videos – here’s the first one which shows you in 1 minute and 43 seconds just how simple this easy one pot pasta is to make!
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- This quantity is enough for two people but it is easily halved to serve one
- The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that I used linguine pasta in the video and tagliatelle in the photographed recipe – you can use either pasta or another of your choice but do check that the cooking time is 9-11 minutes. If it takes longer to cook you will need to add more stock.
- You will also have noticed that I used Tenderstem Broccoli in the video and regular Calabrese in the photos – that’s because that is exactly what I had in my fridge at the time, use either.
- Do stir your pasta as it cooks, it will stop it sticking to the bottom or to itself – nobody wants to eat a lump of pasta!
- Make it vegan – replace the grated cheese with 3 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast, make sure that your vegetable stock is one suitable for vegans (some have milk powder in them)
A Glossary of Terms Used in Recipes
Look here for our full glossary of terms which is growing as we go along. If you have any questions or would like anything explained leave a comment or come and chat to me on social media. This week’s cooking terms and questions are:
What is Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a really useful ingredient for vegetarians and vegans to keep in their storecupboard. It has a nutty, cheesy taste which adds a real depth of flavour to lots of dishes. You can buy it in wholefood stores and online – buying the one which is fortified with B12 is a good move as B12 can be difficult to come by on a vegan diet (Marmite on toast sorts that one out too!).
What Does ‘To Taste’ Mean in a Recipe
Quite simply it means add some and then taste it to see if there is enough to suit you. You’ll usually find this with ingredients like black pepper, salt and chilli where everyone has their own preferences as far as amounts go. It also, however, applies to many flavourings in recipes and, as you cook more, you’ll find you can increase or decrease quantities to suit you.
If you like this easy one pot pasta you might also like to have a go at these simple one pot dishes!
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