One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

Is anyone else out there a tornado of destruction when the step into the kitchen?

Try as I might to be “clean and tidy” when I work on a recipe, I feel like I spend hours cleaning up the mess that I’ve created.  (It doesn’t help that I’m a “soaker” of dishes and not an instant washer!)

I spent some time over the weekend thinking about ways that I could work on my clean cooking strategy. I came up with only one solution… a one pot meal.  My thought process is that if only one piece of cookware – other then measuring cups and spoons – to cook the dish, then I only have to clean one dish when I’m done.

That theory did not hold up – but cooking was much quicker and easier than it normally is!

I almost called this one pot mac and cheese – but it doesn’t really hit all the requirements I have for mac and cheese.  It was rich and creamy – but it didn’t have that distinct “cheeziness” factor I look for. Instead all the flavors work together to make almost a spicy cream sauce.  It does have some nooch in it though (and with the rate and frequency I’ve been using nooch – I’m going to be turning orange soon haha!)

Can I also tell you a little secret? I kind of hate tomatoes…like the flavor just never worked for me! But I know how much other people love them so I decided to give them another chance to win me over in this recipe.

On the first bite, I was in heaven! This recipe CHANGED the way I feel about cherry tomatoes – so I’ll be experimenting a LOT with cherry tomatoes in the future!

So just to review:

  • This recipe is simple and easy to make – and only takes one pot!  (But that didn’t keep MY kitchen clean haha)
  • It will transform the way you feel about tomatoes (or maybe that’s just me!)
  • One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta takes just 30 minutes to create!

So break out a big pot, chop up your ingredients, and in 30 minutes you will have a delicious creamy meal ready to enjoy!

Creamy Tomato Pasta

One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta
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Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4 Servings
  • 1 Box (12 oz) Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ¾ Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard Powder
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  1. Prep the ingredients by chopping the onions, halving the tomatoes, and mincing the garlic
  2. Place the liquid ingredients and spices into the bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy.
Tips and Ideas
Feel free to switch up the spices to create different flavors like Cajun or Mexican pasta!

Try using Sun Dried tomatoes for a unique flavor change.

Feel free to add in tempeh or coconut bacon for extra "meatiness"!

Do you like “One Pot” or “30 Minute” Meals?

Is there one food that going vegan helped you learn to love – like tomatoes for me?

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  1. says

    I LOVE tomatoes so I will LOVE this one Zach! It’s looks delisch, mouth all watering! Will try it with gluten free pasta – maybe as a surprise coming home meal for hubby over the weekend – he loves Mac & Cheese!

    • says

      Hey Lorraine!

      Hope it turns out well for you – you might have to play with the liquid amounts a bit with GF pasta, some absorbs more or less water – so just a word of caution. I’m sure it’ll still be delicious and I hope you and the hubby enjoy!


  2. Teri-Lynne says

    Hi Zach!

    I am very excited to make this Creamy Tomato Pasta. I am intrigued to try the sundried tomato variation. What amount of sundried tomatoes would you suggest? Since the flavor of sundried tomatoes is so concentrated, I would not want to have the flavor be overpowering. Thanks!

  3. says

    This looks delish! But I think I’m missing something…do you cook the pasta in the four cups of liquid or start out w cooked pasta? Are you making pasta and sauce or just sauce in this recipe? Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Natasha!

      It all goes in the pot together, and comes out cooked, and the milk and spices create the sauce!


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