One-Pot Tomato, Basil, + Chicken Pasta

by Amy on 20 August 2013

One-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken PastaOne-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken PastaY’all know I love pasta, + I especially love a pasta dish that’s as quick + easy to make as it is delicious. I’d been seeing a One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta coming across pinterest + facebook a lot recently, + I decided to give it a try with a few changes of my own. In this recipe, rather than boil the pasta separately like you do with most pasta dishes, you cook it in the pot with the broth, tomatoes, + herbs. The benefit of cooking it this way is two-fold. First, it imparts a ton of flavor into the pasta, as it gets to absorb all sorts of awesomeness. And second, it saves time, as you only have one pot to clean up at the end!

So, how was it? Really flippin’ delicious! Between the seasoned diced tomatoes, the italian seasoning, + the fresh basil, it has a bright, delicious herb flavor. As the pasta cooks in the broth, the starch releases out, creating a creamy, rich tomato sauce. While the original recipe is vegetarian, I added chicken to mine, + am so glad I did. The chicken adds a whole ‘nother level of flavor, plus packs an awesome protein punch. The end result is a super simple, yet truly scrumptious pasta dish. And since it’s all cooked in one pot (and takes less than 20 minutes total), it’s perfect for a quick, easy-to-clean-up weeknight meal. Give this one a try, friends – I think you’ll love it!

One-Pot Tomato, Basil, + Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken Pasta

serves 6-8, adapted from Martha Stewart Living


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, separated
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces pasta (I used bowties, but any short pasta works nicely)
1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic + Oregano (or a comparable brand of Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes)
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (omit to make a vegetarian dish)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or 1/4 teaspoon if you want a less-spicy dish)
2 teaspoons dried italian seasoning
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (substitute vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Parmesan cheese, for serving


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onions + cook until onions are translucent + softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic + cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.

Add the remaining ingredients to the stock pot – the pasta, diced tomatoes with their liquid, crushed tomatoes, shredded chicken, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning, fresh basil, chicken broth, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt + pepper. Stir everything together until well combined.

Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer + cook for 10-15 minutes (depending on the type of pasta you choose), stirring frequently. Cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated + pasta has reached an al dente consistency. Add more salt + pepper if needed + stir well. Serve with a generous topping of freshly grated Parmesan cheese + enjoy!

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1 Tracey August 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

I love a good one-pot meal and this one looks awesome. Total comfort food – as soon as the weather cools down it’s going on my menu!

2 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] August 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

love how beautiful this dish looks pre-cooking! made this version [] a while back and it was tasty good. next time will take your tip and add some protein to the dish – maybe even sliced, already sautéed Italian sausage or something.

3 Rachel Cooks August 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

This is my kind of meal! Must try it.

4 danielle August 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

I keep seeing these one pot pasta dishes everywhere. love a one pot meal and need to try this soon!

5 Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

I’ve been eyeballing this one on Pinterest for a while. So glad it worked out. Can’t wait to make a bit pot myself!

6 Tamar August 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have done this before with rice (lately quick cooking brown rice), but pasta, that’s cool, more of a crowd-pleaser, and so much faster.

7 amy August 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I’ve done it with rice, too, + love the new twist of doing it with pasta. You’ll have to try it soon!

8 Mimi @ Culinary Couture August 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I love one pot pasta dishes! I could live off them forever!

9 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I just love these one pot meals! Looks so hearty and delicious. My kind of meal. YUM!

10 Nik@ABrownTable August 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Amy, this looks wonderful and would be great for those nights when I don’t have too much energy or time to spare to cook a meal. Fantastic as always!

11 amy August 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Agreed! You have to have a couple of these low-effort-but-high-flavor meals handy for those busy weeknights!

12 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I have been this recipe all over the internet and I am so excited it actually worked! Hello fast and easy dinner.

13 amy August 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Isn’t it awesome when one of those crazy all-over-pinterest/facebook recipes actually works out great? Ha! Thankfully this one did!

14 Kathryn August 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I’ve seen this around a lot and I’ve been intrigued to see whether it would actually work – definitely going to give this a try!

15 Karen (Back Road Journal) August 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

One pot and delicious…it doesn’t get any better than that. :)

16 Adri August 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

What beautiful photographs! Really stunning. Nice food styling, m’dear! And the dish sounds wonderful. I love the no-hassle nature of it. These kinds of things are so good. Folks can make them, even after a long day at work – or taking care of a little one. Brava!

17 vanillasugarblog August 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

don’t you love one-pot wonders?
I do.
This one is great!

18 amy August 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

“One pot wonders” = genius! And yes, I do love ’em!

19 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm

One dish meals are my favorite. This looks awesome!

20 CCU August 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I would love to devour this one-pot meal it looks so delicious 😀


21 Blond Duck August 21, 2013 at 7:27 am

I know what I’m making tonight!

22 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

mmm, i absolutely LOVE one pot dishes! this is perfect and i’m glad to know it worked so well. will have to give it a go soon :)

23 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction August 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love one pot dishes! These flavors sound wonderful!

24 megan @ girl by the lake August 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Ah this looks so good! In fact, so good that I just emailed it to Eric as an option for dinner tonight. I’m thinking of swapping the chicken with Italian sausage…I’ll tweet you our results!

25 amy August 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I think it would be awesome with sausage – do report back how it is!

26 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Oh my gosh, Amy. This is amazing! One pot?! Get outta here. I’ve got to try this scrumptious, super easy weeknight meal. I love how easy it is!

27 Amy (Savory Moments) August 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

I love a one-pot dish like this! It looks really tasty, too.

28 Natalie August 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

My kind of meal, it looks colourful and very tasty!

29 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

This would be my husband’s new favorite meal! Looks delish!

30 cquek August 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

This sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors – such a delicious plate of food!

31 Beth August 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

What a brilliant idea, to make it in one pot! And I love the addition of chicken. That’s a perfect weeknight meal!

32 Luv What You Do August 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

That looks delish!
I don’t eat tons of pasta but love it with some protein pre long runs during marathon training. I am bookmarking this recipe for sure!

33 claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THIS!!! I’ve been eying it forever and I must make it!

34 Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts August 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Amy I love your photos–nice job!

35 Sue August 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

If reading the recipe wasn’t enough to make me try this dish, the photos sealed the deal.

This is going to be dinner tonight. Thanks!

36 amy August 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Awesome, Sue – report back how it is!

37 Sue August 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm

What a delicious one pot meal. I used penne pasta and a bit more garlic, otherwise, followed all measurements exactly.

Once brought to a boil it simmered for 11 minutes . The pasta was perfect and the diced tomatoes remained in tact. Add to that how good the kitchen smelled and you have a real winner here.

So easy and tasty that this recipe made it right to the keeper file in my box.

38 amy August 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I am SO thrilled you loved it, Sue! =)

39 Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

I love this! One pot pasta is my world – so easy and so tasty.

40 Virginia Payne August 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

This is great as we’re now getting into the school year and need delicious but simple meals. I love pasta also and there are times I can’t get enough! Lovely meal.

41 honeywhatscooking August 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

jeez, this looks sooooooo good. love shredded chicken, it probably absorbs all the flavors. love your blog.

42 Melissa August 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

This looks delicious. Cant wait to try it. Has anyone ever tried this in a slow cooker? Seems like it would work just wondering how Long it would need to cook.

43 amy August 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Hey Melissa, I haven’t tried it in a slow-cooker but I love that idea! I think i’d try it on LOW for a couple hours, maybe 2-4? Let me know how it works out when you try it!

44 Melissa September 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

Absolutely delicious. Everyone loved it even my two year old who will eat next to nothing. Didn’t try the crock pot this time but will post when I do. This recipe is going on our regular meal plan!

45 amy September 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

That is awesome to hear, Melissa – so glad y’all liked it!

46 Meghan September 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’ve been wanting to give this a try for a while now & you’ve convinced me! Looks so good & love that you added chicken! Can’t wait to make it

47 Chicken Pasta Dishes September 24, 2013 at 6:18 am

I would like to try it. I will also share it to my friends that love to eat chicken pasta dishes. Thanks for sharing this post.

48 Marci September 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

This looks amazing. I know what I’m eating tonight.

49 Candice November 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Great meal for a weeknight!

50 Alison stukkie December 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Love this recipe!

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