Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Week Night One Pot Pasta

If you are anything like me you are busy during the week.  Working, taking the kids here and there or just taking care of you can be a full-time job. So when it comes to dinner, eating out or quick unhealthy foods might seem like our only option.   After scowling the Internet looking for inspiration to end this weeknight dilemma I came upon this great recipe on the site Budget Bytes called a Wonderpot.  This recipe is plant based, features my favorite food of all time-pasta, is an easy clean up and kind to your pockets.  I loved it so much that instead of putting my own spin on it I left it just the way it was.  This Spinach and Artichoke one pot pasta will be a great addition in my recipe rotation. 
Spinach & Artichoke One Pot Pasta
      8 oz. assorted fresh mushrooms
       1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts
      4 cloves garlic
        1 medium yellow onion
        5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
      12 oz.  Fettuccine
       1 tsp.  dried oregano
      ½ tsp.  dried thyme
      4 oz. organic frozen cut spinach
1.       Rinse the mushrooms to remove any dirt or debris. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Drain the can of artichoke hearts and roughly chop them into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the onion and garlic (you can mince the garlic if you don't want large slices).
2.       Place the vegetable broth, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, onions, and garlic in a large pot.
3.       Break the fettuccine in half and add it to the pot along with the oregano, thyme, and some freshly cracked pepper. Push the ingredients down under the broth as much as possible. Place a lid on the pot and bring it up to a rolling boil over high heat.
4.       As soon as it reaches a boil, stir the pot to evenly distribute the ingredients and prevent the pasta from sticking. Turn the heat down to low so that the pot is just simmering. Allow the pot to simmer, with the lid on, for 2-3 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Give the pot a stir every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking.
5.       Once the pasta is cooked through, add the frozen spinach. Allow the heat from the pasta to thaw the spinach. Stir the pot to help break up the clumps of spinach as they melt. Serve hot.

Do you have a favorite one pot recipe?  Share it with us in the comments below.