One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach
This super simple version of one pot pasta features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color. Mix it up by adding the protein of your choice – Italian Sausage or Chicken are both great! – or keep it as a simple meatless dinner option.
My mom was the kind of cook who, while completely capable of following a recipe or trying something new, typically stuck to the same 10 or so dinner recipes over the course of my childhood.
As I got older I remember thinking “Doesn’t she get sick of making the same thing all the time? I’m kind of tired of eating it!”
I vowed that I would never make the same dinner every week when I was a mom. For the most part, I don’t make the same thing all of the time, because food blogging doesn’t allow for that.
I don’t think I fully appreciated how my mom must have felt making dinner for our family night after night, regardless of what her days were like. We always had a homemade meal that was both tasty and healthy.
I didn’t view my mom as someone who had bad days, or just didn’t feel like cooking, or was tired and wished someone else would (or could) just make dinner for a change.
I totally think she must have felt those things often, and maybe that’s why our dinner routine was fairly simplified, because I totally feel like that about half the nights cooking for my kids. I think my mom was just better than I am at not putting those feelings on display for the rest of the family.
I think it is good that my kids know that their mom is a person too, who has feelings, gets tired, and occasionally just doesn’t want to deal…but sometimes I definitely think I could let them see a little less of that person.
So, this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta is perfect for nights that I just don’t want to deal with dinner. It is a fix it and forget it recipe for the most part. Its meatless, so I don’t have to worry about taking meat out to thaw.
Its the best kind of pantry meal – seriously, I always have pasta, milk, cheese, spinach (by the way, did you know you can freeze spinach?), and sun dried tomatoes – if I haven’t planned ahead because it still looks like I kind put some effort into dinner even though it took practically zero thought or time to make.
If you want to dress this recipe up a little more, it is a great base. Here are a few ideas:
One Pot Pasta Mix Ins:
- Italian Sausage + Fresh Basil
- Canned or Marinated Artichoke Hearts + Kalamata Olives + Fresh Oregano + Lemon Juice + Feta Garnish
- Red Bell Peppers + Sauteed Mushrooms
- Grilled Chicken Strips
I love a good, easy recipe like this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta, especially when I have the option to dress it up a little bit if time allows. I think of it as my dinner cheat sheet.
More Quick Dinner Ideas:
Need some more quick and easy dinner ideas in addition to this One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach? Try a few of these:
One of our favorites quick dinners is Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken – Chicken Tenderloins are baked in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Easy One Skillet Baked Ziti is really versatile and easy as you ease back into dinner routines if you’ve gotten off track. You can change up the seasonings and meat selection to create different flavors.
Easy Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage has tons of flavor and is really simple to prepare, plus has plenty of basic steps that kids can help out with to get involved in the kitchen.
Have you ever made a one pot pasta recipe?