20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

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20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

This garlicky, saucy pasta filled with basil and tomatoes is made from start to finish in about 20 minutes; does dinner get much better than that?

Everything is combined in the pot along with the cooking water and it reduces down into a perfect one dish meal as it cooks. It sounds almost too good to be true, right?

I’ve seen versions of this recipe floating around online all summer and I finally had to try it. With rave reviews from everyone who has tried it, I still doubted that the dish would live up to the hype. I was wrong.

This pasta is unbelievably rich and creamy and saucy, without any cream or actual “sauce” in the recipe. The recipe just begs to be played with; there are countless variations already running through my mind.

20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

5 from 1 vote
Recipe slightly adapted from and with thanks to Martha Stewart
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Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 12 ounces spaghetti linguini or fettuccine *
  • 1 large onion very thinly sliced, about 2 cups
  • 4 - 6 garlic cloves very thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces or 3 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 10 basil leaves torn in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Topping: Freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese several basil leaves thinly sliced


  • Combine all ingredients in a straight sided large skillet or pot. Bring to a high boil and then reduce heat just enough to keep it boiling without splattering you as you stir and toss it constantly with tongs for about 8-10 minutes. The water and tomatoes will reduce down and the pasta will release starches that thicken it and make it creamy.
  • Do not wait for all of the liquid to evaporate. Taste the pasta as it finishes cooking. When it has softened to your liking remove from the heat. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Scoop into serving bowls and top with fresh cheese and additional basil. Enjoy!
  • * I used gluten free, brown rice fettuccine noodles and they worked just as well as traditional pasta.
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20 Minute One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. srajoski says

    I made a double batch of this last week for a houseful of family using whole wheat spaghetti with homemade jarred tomatoes, vegetable broth instead of water and dried basil instead of fresh. This is definitely going to stay at the top of the recipe pile.

  2. Anonymous says

    My kids absolutely love this dish. it has become a staple in our house. And the left overs are even better! Thanks!

    • Mary says

      Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing why it wasn't creamy. Did you have enough water? Did it dry out? You didn't rinse the pasta, right? I've never had that happen and I've never heard from anyone who had it not turn out creamy. I'm sorry it didn't work for you, Katharine!

  3. Deborah says

    This was a hit at my house! I have made it twice, adding cooked sausage because my husband demands meat, and a little tomato paste for extra tomato creaminess. Easy and really good!

  4. Anonymous says

    made it. it was a complete disaster. pasta far too mushy to eat. a waste of time and money. and, yes, i followed the instructions to the letter

    • Mary says

      I'm not sure what could have gone wrong. I've heard from countless people that have made this recipe and loved it. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you. I hate when that happens!

  5. Get Home Bag says

    This is pasta Pomadoro. We have a tenancy to say marinara but in italy marinara come from the word marina which has seafood in it. Love the one pot method though.