One-Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner

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This One-Pot Caprese Pasta recipe is such an easy dinner idea because it’s all cooked in the same pot! The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make!

One Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner | |The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make! | #pasta #recipes #onepotmeal

Easy Caprese Pasta Recipe

HI! Happiest of Sundays, everyone!

You guys. It’s the 1st of June! Half the year is already gone! THAT is so weird. Especially when I’m still hanging onto New Year’s resolutions… I have yet to get started on those… πŸ™‚

SO! How is your weekend going? Are you at the beach? The pool? On the couch?!? I’m cool with that. However, and in the words of Nelly; It’s gettin’ hot in herre!
It’s 90-degrees! FINALLY!

The real question is, what do you make for din din when it’s this hot?!
Umm… One-Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner??

One Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner | |The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make! | #pasta #recipes #onepotmeal

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I have a gazillion blog-crushes. Yah, I crush on food blogs. And I read ’em all! It’s what inspires me.

A while back I saw this One-Pot Pasta Meal on Chung-Ah’s blog, Damn Delicious, and I just HAD TO give it a try. You would have done the same. The whole recipe takes place in just one pot!! AND it’s all added IN at the SAAAAME TIME!
I am totally screaming right now, which completely explains all the CAPS and EXCLAMATION points… I’m only doing it because you can’t hear my excitement! (!!!!!)

Only 3 minutes after reading her recipe, I was at the stove mixin’ and stirrin’ the pasta, making din din at 9:45 pm. Don’t judge. That’s my R&D department doing its thaaaang.

Wondering if it would all work with my favorite bow tie-caprese pasta dinner, I gave it a go and, obviously, it all came together, thus we lived happily ever after for eternity…

So, basically, that should give you an idea as to how extremely satisfied we were with our dinner.


One Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner | |The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make! | #pasta #recipes #onepotmeal

Since I shouldn’t be taking any more of your time, just hit print and make this pasta dinner tonight. No. Make it NOW! It’s super quick, super delicious, and suuuuper easy!


4.5 from 2 votes
One Pot Caprese Pasta Dinner | |The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make! | #pasta #recipes #onepotmeal
One Pot Caprese Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This One-Pot Caprese Pasta recipe is such an easy dinner idea because it's all cooked in the same pot! The quickest, most delicious pasta dinner you will ever make!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 382 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves , packed
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • balls of fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  1. In a stockpot, combine water, olive oil, pasta, halved tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, salt and pepper.

  2. Cook over high heat and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 11 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is thoroughly cooked and water reduced. Stir occasionally.

  4. Remove from heat and let stand 2 minutes.

  5. Stir in shredded mozzarella cheese; stir until thoroughly combined.

  6. Taste for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.

  7. Garnish with balls of fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves.

  8. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes


Inspired by Damn Delicious

WW SmartPoints: 11Β 

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Caprese Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 18.8mg23%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 Responses
  1. Gretchen

    I love this recipe and have made it several times for my family. Do you think it could be made in an insta pot?! I know it’s not difficult anyway but just curious.

  2. Amy G

    I made this tonight and it was easy and delicious. I used 2 cups vegetable broth and 2 cups water. I cooked halfway and then added the basil and tomatoes so they wouldn’t get mushy. Perfect!

  3. Sarah B

    Hi Katerina, I made this last night and cut the recipie in half, I ran into the same problem with a little excess water but my picky eaters loved it!!!!

    if we were to add a source of protein would you reccomend bacon/chicken? If so how would I go about doing that?
    Thanks in advance

  4. Valerie

    This did not turn out well for me. I used 4 1/2 cups of water and simmered it for 12 minutes. I ended up having to skim off 1 full cup of water in order for it not to be like soup. I then added a little garlic powder since I may have skimmed off the garlic. It tasted okay, but looked awful. Hmm.. Not sure if the water should be less? Or simmered longer? I followed the recipe exactly so not sure what happened. If anyone has any ideas, let me know!

  5. Madeline

    When I made this recipe, the pasta turned into a very soupy mixture that congealed when cooled. I was so sad! Do you know what I might have done wrong? Maybe the pasta I used? Too much water?

    1. I’m sorry that happened, Madeleine! πŸ™ My guess is that it was too much water/not enough pasta. Use an entire box of penne pasta (1-pound) and 4 to 4 1/2 cups of water. Sometimes I play around and use 2 cups water and 2 cups vegetable broth, for change. πŸ™‚

  6. Meagan

    I tried this with gluten free pasta and it totally backfired! The pasta stuck together and the water turned into a weird soupy mixture with no flavor! I wish it would have worked because it looked delicious!

    1. Oh no! πŸ™ I hope you had back-up dinner plans! hehe πŸ˜‰ I haven’t tried making a one pot pasta dinner with gluten free pasta. It works with whole grain, though. I use that a lot and so far, no problems.

      1. I was a little scared to try this gluten free after seeing this comment, but I did and it actually worked really well! I used Barilla gluten free pasta (spirals) and it absorbed all the water really well, so if anyone else wants to try it gluten free definitely try with that brand if you’re worried.

  7. Amanda

    What do you think about doing this with fresh spinach vs. fresh basil? I have an allergy to fresh. πŸ™ I can do the dried in it for the flavor?

  8. Andrea

    THIS WAS AMAZING!!! Seriously the best pasta and super healthy πŸ˜€ We put chicken stock instead of water and that just MADE the dish!!

  9. Love that everything is in one pot! I would definitely go make this right now if it weren’t midnight here! It’s great that I won’t have to look for what to make for tomorrow’s dinner. I know it now!

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