One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

by | Sep 20, 2020

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta is the easiest weeknight meal! It takes only 10 minutes to make and calls for simple shelf stable ingredients. Plus, it’s loaded with plant based protein and colorful veggies. 

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I love healthy one pot recipes

One pot meals are so easy to make and clean up. This recipe requires little prep as most of the ingredients are shelf stable and ready to go.

How do I make One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta?

  • First, saute the onions and garlic. To make it even less prep, buy frozen chopped onions and pre-minced garlic to keep on hand. 
  • Then, add all other pasta ingredients. Let everything simmer until the chickpea pasta is cooked through. The liquid will get soaked up throughout the cooking process so no need to drain anything! 
  • Finally, add basil and parmesan cheese. Top this One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta with parmesan cheese and lots of fresh basil. If you are vegan, use nutritional yeast instead of the parmesan cheese. 

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What is chickpea pasta?

Chickpea pasta is just like it sounds. It’s pasta made from chickpea flour (finely milled chickpeas). It cooks just like regular pasta, but is loaded with extra protein and fiber. It’s also naturally gluten-free and vegan. My favorite to use is Banza pasta. 

If you don’t want to use chickpea pasta, you can use any pasta of your choice. I find that rotini, penne, or bowties work best for this recipe. 

Is chickpea pasta healthy?

Let’s break down the key differences between chickpea pasta vs regular pasta. These nutrition facts are based on an average according to the USDA Database. There may be slight nutritional differences depending on the product used.

  • Chickpea pasta has about the same amount of calories as regular pasta.
  • Chickpea pasta has less carbohydrates than regular pasta.
  • Chickpea pasta has double the protein and more than triple the fiber. Protein and fiber help control blood sugar levels and keeps us fuller longer.
Regular pasta vs chickpea pasta nutrition

Overall, chickpea pasta can be a healthier swap for regular pasta. However, this is not to say regular pasta should be avoided all together. Instead, enjoy in moderation with mindful portions.

What do I serve with this pasta? 

I like to serve One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta with a dark leafy green salad and crusty bread. It’s such a cozy, healthy meal. One serving of this recipe contains just 350 calories and packs in 20 grams of plant based protein! 

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One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This one pot pasta is the easiest weeknight meal! It takes only a few minutes to make with simple ingredients. Plus, it’s loaded with plant based protein and is completely gluten-free.


Pasta Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion or 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces chickpea pasta or pasta of your choice, uncooked (I like to use a box of Banza pasta!)
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups spinach

To Serve:

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast if vegan)


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. 
  2. Add the rest of the pasta ingredients to the same pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until pasta is al dente and everything has thickened slightly. Be sure to stir often to avoid burning on the bottom.
  3. Serve with fresh basil over the top and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast.


When adding your roasted red peppers, don't drain them. Instead, add in all the juices from the jar as this helps make the dish even creamier!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 9gSugar: 10gProtein: 20g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition vary depending on ingredients used. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional registered dietitian nutritionist’s advice.

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