As much as I love being in the kitchen and experimenting with different recipes, I find myself being busier than ever lately! I’m completing my Master’s Degree (currently in my last semester!), working full time, managing my brand, and being a wife, daughter, sister, and auntie amongst other things. Needless to say, I’m exhausted! My hobbies you ask? Doing absolutely nothing. 🙂
I think it goes without saying that regardless of what’s going on in life, a girl’s gotta eat! I’m too frugal to eat out every day, so off to the kitchen I go. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to cook! I just haven’t been interested in spending hours in the kitchen to create a tasty meal. That’s where this one pot tomato+basil pasta comes in! I’ve been swooning over these one pot recipes for some time now and I’ve finally created a version for myself. It’s not only tasty, but effortless to throw together! One pot means minimal clean-up which is perfect because washing dishes is one of my least favorite things to do!
All of the ingredients are super simple and I’d bet you probably have most if not all of the ingredients in your pantry. The star of the show was most certainly the Muir Glen Organic diced tomatoes. I picked them up recently at my local Durham Co+op Market (find yours here!). Lately I’ve been trying to shop at my co-op more often because I love the concept and want to support their efforts.
Wondering what a co-op is? Don’t worry, I used to wonder the same thing. I had an idea, but wasn’t 100% sure until recently. What’s cool about co-ops is that the store is actually owned by customers who have invested in the business (and they receive special benefits!). Another reason I’ve been making an effort to shop at my local co-op more often is because it gives me an opportunity to support local farmers, product suppliers, and members of the community who keep the store running. They operate by these 7 cooperative principles:
- Voluntary, Open Ownership
- Democratic Owner Control
- Owner Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern For The Community
If by chance you don’t have all of these ingredients already, definitely make a trip over to your local co-op! Allow me to entice you… the 14.5oz Muir Glen tomatoes are on sale 10/$10 January 16th-29th so this is the perfect time to stock up! Over the years I’ve learned that quality ingredients can definitely make or break a meal. Muir Glen’s organic diced tomatoes most certainly meet this requirement! Muir Glen is also committed to zero waste. This means that they compost all tomato waste at their composting facility. Love it!
So if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time on your hands these days, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe. It’s super filling, easy to put together, and tastes great! This would also be an ideal choice for meal-prepping (if that’s your thing) because it keeps well throughout the week. Just add a few drops of water to each serving before reheating and you’re all set! Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below!
One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
- 16oz pasta of your choice
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 can 14.5oz Muir Glen Organic diced tomatoes (with liquid)
- 1/2 white onion diced
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp vegan butter (or sub olive oil)
- 1 tbsp cornstarch+1/4 cup water to thicken (as needed, I only used half)
- salt+pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients (except for fresh basil and cornstarch mixture) to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and stir consistently to avoid sticking.
- Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in cornstarch mixture a little at a time in order to reach desired thickness, keeping in mind you may not need the whole mixture.
- Stir in roughly chopped basil and mix until combined.
- Garnish each serving with more fresh basil and enjoy!