One Pot Wonder Wednesday: One Pot Pasta with Andouille, Tomatoes & Basil

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We were out of town this weekend in the mountains (Ah – wish I were there now!), and I put off my menu-planning until late yesterday.  After two days of scrounging, it was time for a balanced meal.  I knew I would be limited on time since I had to menu-plan, grocery shop, and fix dinner in about two hours.  The crock pot was out – that is the one down-side to crock pot meals.  I thought of the one pot pasta I had recently made and decided that sounded good.  I went to my Pinterest Board to see if there were any other one pot pastas that could work, and I found one!  This recipe also comes from Damn Delicious (via Pinterest).

I was able to prep and cook all under 30 minutes, which really is a small miracle in my house, especially with a munchkin demanding hugs as I work.  If you’re wondering what you’re going to make for dinner tonight to avoid ANOTHER night of take-out, this is it!

One Pot Pasta with Andouille, Tomatoes & Basil


  • 1 pound spaghetti  (I used whole-wheat angel hair)
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced  (I used Aidells – NO NITRATES! Watch out – it does have a little kick!)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups halved grape tomatoes  (Any tomato will do, just be sure to cut into large bite-size pieces)
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan


  • In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, combine spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and 4 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and liquid has reduced, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in Parmesan.
  • Serve immediately.

I was lazy and didn’t feel like making a salad, but my favorite side salad would be a perfect addition.  (If you fix it while the pasta is cooking, you’ll still make the 30-minute-meal mark!)  Hubby had seconds and Munchkin had thirds!


One Pot Pasta with Andouille, Tomatoes & Basil

Bon Appétit!


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