Rating: 4 stars
26 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

This pasta dinner is a game changer: You use just enough liquid to cook the pasta--no colander needed. Recipe adapted from our sister publication Southern Living. Cost for 4: $8.43

Recipe by Cooking Light November 2017


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

29 mins
29 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat.

  • Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion starts to brown.

  • Add tomatoes, stock, oregano, and pasta, in that order. Bring to a boil.

  • Stir to submerge noodles in liquid.

  • Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 7 minutes or until pasta is almost done.

  • Uncover; stir in salt.

  • Add spinach in batches, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with cheese.

  • Riff: Use fresh grape tomatoes instead, and add fresh herbs.

  • Riff: Swap out spaghetti for any short pasta shape, such as elbow macaroni, rotini, or shells.

  • Riff: Try adding chopped skinless, boneless chicken thighs, ground beef, or ground turkey for a heartier dish.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

333 calories; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 3.2g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 15g; carbohydrates 55g; fiber 9g; cholesterol 5mg; iron 5mg; sodium 538mg; calcium 197mg.