Pasta that cooks all in one pot, with fresh ingredients, and it’s done in 20 minutes – Sounds too good to be true, right? It isn’t! A meatless pasta dish, all made in your stock pot, with fresh ingredients, that is what this Italian Wonderpot Pasta is all about!
I have been making this easy recipe for years and years. It is one of my family’s favorite pasta dishes, and this one-pot meal is so quick and easy, that you can make it for a weeknight meal but it’s got such a pretty presentation that you could serve it for a fancy dinner party. We can keep the secret of how simple it is to make between us, okay?
You simply add uncooked pasta to a large pot, add in some fresh spinach, basil, and sliced onions, along with some canned tomatoes and stock, toss in some spices, stick the lid on, and in 20 minutes, you have dinner. It’s amazing!
Wonderpot recipes are versatile and can be adapted to various cuisines and dietary preferences. They are popular for busy weeknight dinners when you want a quick, easy, and hearty meal without spending too much time in the kitchen. You can find wonderpot recipes with different combinations of ingredients and seasonings to suit your taste and dietary requirements.
If you love easy Wonderpot Meals — try this Pad Thai Wonderpot next!
This has been all over Pinterest for years, and from what I can gather, it originated as a Martha Stewart recipe. If I got that wrong, someone please correct me, because I want to give credit where credit is due on this fast, easy, and delicious meal! It seems everyone changes it up just a smidgen to their liking.
Ingredients in Italian Wonder Pot Recipe
You will find the complete recipe measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- uncooked pasta -most often I use egg noodles or spaghetti for this recipe. Note: break longer pasta in half to fit in the pan better.
- olive oil – any kind will work
- fresh spinach – slightly chopped
- onion – sliced
- chicken stock – use vegetable stock for a truly meatless meal.
- canned diced tomatoes – undrained
- fresh basil – roughly chopped, dried works in a pinch, but fresh is so much better!
- garlic cloves – minced
- spices – dried oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
How to Make this Italian Wonderpot Recipe
This one-pot pasta dish comes together quickly.
Place all ingredients in your pasta pot or large Dutch oven.
Make sure to stir it so the liquid covers the pasta and veggies.
Place a lid on your pot and cook, on your stove, on high heat until comes to a full boil.
Uncover and turn the stove to medium heat.
Continue cooking for 15 minutes more, pasta will absorb the liquid.
Stir occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Do not drain.
Serve, topped with a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese with some crusty bread to mop up all of that sauce!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in a microwave. You may need to add a bit of broth to maintain the desired consistency.
You can freeze this Italian Wonderpot pasta, but keep in mind that pasta dishes can change in texture after freezing.
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FAQs about Wonderpot Recipes
- Can I use fresh tomatoes in this recipe in place of the canned tomatoes? I think it would be wonderful. Use about 2 pounds, but add a bit of tomato juice, too.
- Can I use a different type of pasta? Absolutely! The recipe suggests using egg noodles or spaghetti, but you can choose any pasta shape you like. Just keep in mind that cooking times may vary slightly depending on the pasta type.
- Can I make this recipe with whole wheat or gluten-free pasta? You can easily sub whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. Cooking times might differ, so adjust as needed.
- How can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan? Make this recipe vegetarian or vegan by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and skip the Parmesan cheese topping or use a plant-based alternative.
- What if I don’t have fresh spinach? You can use frozen spinach as a substitute for fresh spinach. Just make sure to thaw and drain it before adding it to the pot. Or use other leafy greens like kale or Swiss chard in its place.
Can I adjust the level of spiciness? Yes, you can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less red pepper flakes. Start with a smaller amount if you’re sensitive to heat.
Can I add additional vegetables or proteins? Of course! You can customize this recipe by adding other vegetables or proteins like bell peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, rotisserie chicken, or cooked Italian sausage.
More Easy Pasta Recipes to Love
Pasta + quick and easy weeknight meals are a winning combination. Here are a few of my favorite easy pasta recipes:
- Chicken Mushroom Florentine – ready in 40 minutes
- Southwest Chicken Linguine – a 30-minute meal
- Chili Mac Skillet – a great way to use leftover chili!
- Tortellini Soup with Spinach and Sausage (pictured above) – 5 ingredients!
- Skillet Lasagna – done in 30 minutes!
- Fettuccine Alfredo – an instant pot recipe.
- Easy Chicken Parmesan – only 5 ingredients!
- Skyline Chili – served over spaghetti.
- One Pot Hamburger Helper – a 20-minute meal.
This is such a cool recipe, don’t you think? Be sure to share this one with all of your friends and family members who could use an easy pasta recipe, too!
- 1 - 12 ounce box of pasta - I have used egg noodles and spaghetti (break longer pastas in half to fit in the pan better
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups fresh spinach slightly chopped
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced
- 32 ounces of broth, I use chicken broth or you can use vegetable
- 2 - 14.5 ounces cans diced tomatoes, (do not drain)
- 1 Tablespoon dried or fresh basil (rough chop fresh)
- 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Place all ingredients in your pot.
- Make sure to give it a stir so the liquid covers the pasta and veggies.
- Place a lid on your pot and cook, on your stove, on high until it begins a rapid boil.
- Uncover and turn flame to medium.
- Continue cooking for 15 minutes more, pasta will absorb the liquid.
- Stir occasionally so pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- DO NOT DRAIN.
- Serve, topped with a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Add cooked chicken, sausage or meatballs when serving to include extra protein.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 738mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 14g
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This recipe was originally posted on January 14, 2014. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on October 18, 2023.