One pot meals: the perfect meal to feed a crowd, the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal, the perfect meal when you don’t want to turn the oven on or wash a ton of pots and pans. This one pot meal features some delicious, crowd-pleasing ingredients: crumbled sweet Italian sausage, plum tomatoes, and Italian spices. The spaghetti in this dish cooks itself in broth and tomatoes, and absorbs all of the delicious flavors of these ingredients while releasing its starches, forming a cohesive dish. Cut down your dishwashing time and enjoy a delicious dinner with this one pot spaghetti with tomatoes and sausage.
What flavor profiles are in this dish?
You can expect to taste everything you’d find in a traditional Italian pasta dish here. The base of this dish is sweet Italian sausage. When sautéed with chopped onion, onion powder, kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, and Italian seasoning, the sausage becomes even more flavorful. The fat renders off of the flavorful pork sausage, and helps slightly caramelize the onions.
The flavor continues to build with the addition of fresh garlic cloves, reduced sodium chicken broth, tomato paste for depth of flavor, and plum tomatoes. Once the spaghetti is added in, you simply let it do it’s magic and simmer away.
The dish is finished with fresh basil and parsley to brighten up the rest of the flavors. Top with grated or shaved cheese, and you have the perfect Italian pasta dish.
How does a one pot pasta dish work?
The general ratio of a one-pot pasta dish is one part pasta, to two parts cooking liquid. This is the key ratio for ensuring that the pasta cooks adequately in the liquid, while absorbing the flavor and releasing its starches.
For this dish, I kept the same ratio (one pound of pasta to 4 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth) but then also added a can of plum tomatoes and juice. The rationale behind this extra liquid is that the tomatoes will ultimately become the sauce for the pasta.
When I first made this dish, I was nervous that there was too much liquid left over (do not panic if you feel the same way). However, the warm pasta continues to absorb the liquid, and it ended up being perfect. It’s also a good idea to have some of that extra liquid there when it comes to reheating leftovers later on.
A one pot pasta dish is one of those recipes that makes me never want to make traditional pasta again. One pot, no extra pot of boiling water to cook the pasta first. All of the flavors built up in this one pot for a delicious finished product. The pasta ends up being delectably creamy and indulgent tasting, and full of flavor from the cooking liquid.
What will I need to make this one pot spaghetti with tomatoes and sausage?
- sweet Italian pork sausage
- Premio is our favorite brand of sausage.
- I do not recommend using chicken sausage here; the fat rendered from the pork sausage is ideal for cooking the onions and garlic and giving this dish amazing depth of flavor.
- Italian seasoning
- kosher salt
- onion powder
- olive oil spray
- reduced sodium chicken broth
- San Marzano peeled plum tomatoes
- tomato paste
How to make one pot spaghetti with tomatoes and sausage
To start this dish, begin by removing the sausage from their casings. Preheat a large Dutch oven (or large pot) over medium-high heat, and add olive oil spray. Chop the onion. Add the chopped onion, along with the sausage (without the casings) to the pot. Break the sausage meat up using a wooden spoon.
Cook this mixture for about 7-8 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink. Then, add the onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, followed by the minced garlic. Cook for just one minute.
Next, add the chicken broth, tomatoes with their juices, and the tomato paste. Then, break the spaghetti in half (I know, I know, I am sorry! I always preach not to do this, but for this cooking method, it’s necessary for everything to fit in the pot and be appropriately submerged). Add the spaghetti to the pot, and bring this mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook the pasta for about 15 minutes or until it is tender and some of the liquid has been absorbed. Toss in the fresh herbs. Taste for seasoning.
Note: there will be extra liquid on the bottom of the pot. This is fine for serving on top of each portion. The pasta will continue to absorb the liquid as it sits, so don’t worry!
One Pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Sausage
- dutch oven or large pot
- 4 links sweet Italian pork sausage, removed from casing; I used Premio brand
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- olive oil spray
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 28 oz San Marzano peeled plum tomatoes, canned
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 pound spaghetti, one box; I used Barilla
- 1/4 cup basil, fresh
- 1/4 cup parsley, fresh
- Place a large pot or Dutch Oven on the stove over medium high heat. Add olive oil spray.
- Remove the sausage links from the casings. Chop the onion.
- Add the sausage meat and the onion to the pot. Break the sausage meat up with a wooden spoon.
- Cook the sausage and onion together until the sausage is no longer pink, and the onion is slightly caramelized (about 7-8 minutes).
- Add the onion powder, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper. Toss to combine.
- Mince the garlic and add it to the pot. Toss to combine with the other ingredients. Cook for 1 minute or until just fragrant.
- Add the chicken broth, plum tomatoes with their juices, and the tomato paste.
- Crush the tomatoes slightly with your spoon.
- Break the spaghetti in half and add it to the pot, making sure it is submerged in the liquid.
- Stir everything together and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low.
- Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
- Chop the fresh herbs and stir them in. Taste for seasoning.
- Note: there will be extra liquid left in the pot. This is normal. The pasta will continue to absorb the liquid, especially if you are serving later on.
- 8 WW points (blue and green plans)
- 2 WW points (purple plan, if you use whole wheat)
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