Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds

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How About Some One-Pot Pasta? October 14, 2014

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For today, let’s talk about how to use just one pot and still get some tasty pasta on your table.

This first recipe is for how to make a creamy spaghetti meal all in one pot.  It was really easy to do and probably only took about 30 minutes.   This had a really good flavor and made quite a bit of food.  This is probably best eaten all at once; it did congeal quite a bit after it cooled.  This is also a really easy recipe to customize.  For example, we couldn’t find Italian sausage, so we just used some ground beef and added some Italian seasoning.

One-Pot Creamy Spaghetti (from Pillsbury)

1 lb. ground Italian sausage

3/4 lb. spaghetti

28 oz. crushed tomatoes with basil

32 oz. chicken broth

1/2 c. whipping cream

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1. In an 8 quart stockpot, cook the sausage through and drain off any excess grease.

2. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Boil for 15-20 minutes, turning the pasta frequently, til the pasta is cooked through and the sauce is thick and creamy.

One Pot Creamy SpaghettiOne Pot Creamy Spaghetti 2

This next pasta is more of a side dish, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.  It’s a copycat recipe for Panera’s delicious mac and cheese (which I adore!!).  It’s really easy to make and it does taste like the one from Panera.  The recipe makes 4 servings, but the blogger I got it from said that it gets grainy if you reheat it.  Like the previous recipe, this great recipe requires very little work and only 1 pot.

Panera Mac and Cheese (from the Rachel Cooks blog)

2 c. medium shell pasta

2 1/2 c. whole milk (It does work with other milks, it’s just not quite as decadent.)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. butter

1 c. grated white cheddar

1. Rinse the pasta under cold water.  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine everything except the cheese.  Stirring frequently, bring the mix to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.  Stir frequently for 15-20 minutes, til the pasta is cooked and the milk is absorbed.

2. Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the cheese, cover, and let sit 5 minutes.

Panera Mac and CheesePanera Mac and Cheese 2

And that’s all I have for you today, but I’d love it if you shared one of your favorite pasta recipes.  Until next time, happy eating!

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