A vegan Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta, topped with tons of fresh sautéed vegetables. The highlight of this easy pasta recipe is the spicy tomato sauce highlighted with sweet sundried tomatoes. The perfect healthy busy-weeknight meal!
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How to Make Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta
Have you ever made a one pot pasta?
I have to admit – I was skeptical to try them!
One Pot Pastas are made by simmering the pasta with other additions, like sauce components or veggies, so that the starch from the pasta is released into the water, thickening it and creating a sauce.
My favorite way to make one pot pastas is with a thicker sauce, like this Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta. I uses soaked cashews along with tomatoes and tomato paste, to keep this recipe vegan and dairy free.
I love TONS of veggies with my meals, and while you can add the veggies in to cook along with the pasta (like I do here, in my Mediterranean One Pot Pasta), I prefer them to be lightly sauteed, and then mixed with the pasta in the final dish.
This meal is a great clean-out-the-veggie-drawer dish — if you always have pasta, canned tomatoes, and cashews in your cupboard, then you’re almost there!
Fruit Bliss takes pure fruit, NO SUGAR ADDED, dries it, and then rehydrates it with pure water, for soft fruit bites that are bursting with real fruit flavor.
Add whatever veggies you have on hand, and a healthy veggie-packed dinner is served.
The Best Gluten Free Pasta to Use
Traditional wheat pasta will definitely work in this recipe. If you need it to be gluten free, like I do, try to find a pasta made from corn, quinoa, or a chickpea pasta.
I strongly advise against using a brown rice pasta. When I first started trying to make one-pot pastas, I kept using a brown rice pasta and it resulted in thick inedible sludge!
Chickpea/lentil pastas work great here, but reduce the cooking time and the water.
How to Serve this Vegan One Pot Pasta
One pot pastas are meant to be quick dinners — meaning you can’t make this ahead of time and have it ready for when everyone comes home.
This is a meal to make when everyone is there, and everyone is hungry! Serve this pasta right after it finishes simmering, while it’s still really hot.
The pasta will continue to soak up the sauce, so the pasta will become overcooked if left in the pan while waiting to be served.
If you’re looking for a simpler recipe, make this pasta just with the sauce and the dried tomatoes (so much flavor!). Add a side salad or even some simple steamed broccoli, and you have an amazing, vegan pasta dinner ready in no time!
Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta
- 1 8 ounce gluten free pasta *corn/quinoa blend recommended
- 1/3 cup cashews soaked overnight, or in hot water for 30 minutes
- 1 15 ounce diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes optional, if spicy pasta is desired
- 2 1/2-3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red onion sliced thinly
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 pound asparagus trimmed
- 1/2 pound broccolini trimmed
- 1 cup carrots peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup Fruit Bliss Tomato Halves *sundried tomatoes
- Soak cashews overnight. If you don't have time for this step, add boiling water on top of cashews, and soak for 30 minutes. Drain before using.
- Add soaked cashews, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, cumin, oregano, dried garlic, onion powder, and optional chili flakes, to a blender. Blend on high speed until very smooth. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil, onions, and garlic. Saute for 5-7 minutes until just beginning to brown.
- Add the carrots, broccolini and asparagus (or desired veggies) to the pan, and saute for another 5 minutes, until tender. Set veggies aside.
- In the same pan, add 2 1/2 cups of water, the pasta, and the creamy tomato sauce. Stir together to keep the pasta from sticking.
- Simmer the pasta in the sauce for 12-14 minutes, until pasta is done to liking. Use the other 1/2 cup of water to thin out if necessary. I like the sauce on the thinner side, so I use the full 1/2 cup.
- Top the pasta with veggies and serve immediately -- the pasta will continue to cook in the sauce if it isn't served right away.
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