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Healthy One Pot Pasta

5 from 21 votes
Prep5 mins
Cook15 mins
Total20 mins
Servings4
Creamy, cheesy oh so easy, this Healthy One Pot Pasta is the ultimate cozy comfort food. It's soft and saucy with great flavors from garlic, cheese, and sautéed veggies.
Author: Courtney Paige

Equipment

  • 6 quart sauce pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Meat Chopper

Ingredients

  • 16 oz ground chicken or turkey*
  • 8 oz dry pasta**, 1 box
  • 16 oz pasta sauce, flavor of your choice
  • ½ cup spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • ½ cup red onion
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning, optional
  • 1 tsp minced garlic, optional

Instructions

  • Add the 2 tbsp olive oil to a large (4 or 6 quart) sauce pot and turn on the stove to medium/high heat.
  • Add a package of ground meat and the minced garlic to the pot once oil is heated.
  • While the meat starts to saute, dice the onion, tomatoes, and spinach; add all ingredients to the sauce pot after dicing.
  • The meat should cook for 6-10 minutes, until all the crumbles are evenly colored and not pink.
  • Once the meat is cooked, pour in one jar of the pasta sauce of your choice. Then fill the almost emptied pasta jar up with ½ cup cold filtered water. Cap the jar and swish it around, allowing all of the sauce to be removed from the sides of the jar. Pour the liquid into the sauce pot.
  • Pour a box of noodles into the sauce pot. Using a spatula, stir the dry noodles into the meat sauce mixture.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and cover the sauce pot.
  • Set a timer for 10-12 minutes, stirring 2-3 times throughout.
  • Once the noodles look and taste thoroughly cooked, add in ½ cup of crumbled feta and mix well.
  • Serve immediately with fresh basil, additional feta, or plain.
  • Store up in the fridge for 5 days.

Notes

  • I personally love using the brand Mighty Spark Food because they have a seasoned Bruschetta Chicken that is SO good. You can also omit the meat entirely or sub it for an alternative like roasted tofu or tempeh. 
  • Use any pasta available or for a macro friendly meal, use a chickpea pasta.
  • To make this vegan/dairy free, swap tofu or tempeh for meat then omit the cheese or use a vegan alternative. 
  • You can also swap goat cheese, parmesan, or another cheese that melts well for the feta.