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.
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.
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!