The thing that makes one pot pasta perfect is that you pretty much just throw all the ingredients into a giant pot and let them cook together. No need to make a separate sauce for your pasta or sautee veggies on their own. You don't even need to drain the pasta. Just chuck everything into a pot, keep stirring, and then add a couple things at the end and you have a healthy, delicious, and fairly economical dinner.
The recipe I used to may my first one pot pasta dinner was from Oh My Veggies. If you don't know this site, you should definitely check it out. I always find great recipes there. I adapted it a little bit for what we had at home so here is my version.
Veggies and pasta before the broth is put in, you can see that the pot is pretty full!
I put the broth, linguine, onion, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a large pot over high heat and poured the olive oil on top. The pot looked really full and I was worried because it didn't seem like the liquid covered all the veggies, but once things started to cook down there was definitely enough liquid. Nothing to worry about :)
Here is the liquid level at first.
As soon as the 7 minutes is up, add the parsley, almond milk, Parmesan, and lemon zest and continue tossing, for 1-2 more minutes, until the pasta and veggies appear tender. Let the pasta sit for a couple of minutes and the sauce will continue to thicken. Taste and add additional salt and pepper or cheese if desired.
And that's it! How easy is that? This made 4 servings and it tasted good microwaved the next day as well as fresh from the pot. And apparently, it was so good that I forgot to take a photo before eating it all up. Blogger fail :(
There were a couple tips with the original recipe that really helped. Mainly, use a really big pot because of all the turning and make sure your pasta takes 9-11 minutes to cook so that everything is ready around the same time. I was worried the veggies would be too mushy but they turned out perfectly.