This is a Root Formula, a simplified recipe that shows which ingredients are core and which can be changed to create different flavor combinations or use what you have on hand.
See our Variations on this Formula below.
One-Pot Pasta (A Root Formula)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, cut into medium dice
- 1 pound small pasta, such as ditalini or orzo (Bite-size pasta works well too.)
- 1 quart Garlicky Tomato Sauce (see instructions within our recipe for Vat of Simple Tomato Sauce) or good quality store-bought marinara
- 2 cans (15-16 oz each) white or garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 cup Flavorings
- Dried Herbs/Spices
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 12 ounces (packed 2 quarts) Prepared Greens, such as spinach, escarole, or kale
- 1/2 to 1 cup Cheese, optional
- 1/4 cup Fresh Herbs, optional
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large soup kettle. Add onion; sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pasta, sauce, 1 quart of water, beans, Flavorings, and Dried Herbs/Spices of choice, and salt, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until pasta is almost tender and most of the liquid has absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes, depending on pasta shape. Stir in greens of choice, optional Cheese, and/or Fresh Herbs. Re-cover pot and continue to cook until liquid has absorbed and pasta is tender just a few minutes longer. Serve with an additional sprinkling of cheese, if you like.