9/15/2022 | By Carolyn Casner, EatingWell

This one-pot pasta with tangy tomato-basil sauce is a fast and easy weeknight dinner – and healthy and delicious to boot! All of your ingredients go into one pot, and with a bit of stirring and about 25 minutes, you’ll have a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy.

One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Serves 4

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


One-pot tomato basil pasta is a fast and easy weeknight dinner – plus it's healthy and delicious and requires minimal clean-up.
This dish is simple, healthy and delicious.
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups low-sodium “no-chicken” broth or chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 cups baby kale or baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup slivered basil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Combine pasta, water, broth, tomatoes, oil, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in kale and cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes more. (If using spinach, add it after about 10 minutes, so it cooks in the remaining 2 to 3 minutes.)
  4. Stir in basil. Garnish with Parmesan, if desired.
  5. Serve your easy, one-pot tomato basil pasta with a clean conscience and happy palate!

Recipe nutrition per serving: 339 Calories, Total Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 55 g, Fiber: 8 g, Total Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 11 g, Sodium: 465 mg, Potassium: 308 mg, Iron: 4 mg, Folate: 70 mcg, Calcium: 87 mg, Vitamin A: 3344 IU, Vitamin C: 47 mg.

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Carolyn Casner, EatingWell

Carolyn Casner is a contributor to EatingWell, a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at