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One pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs

One pot pasta with butternut squash, tomatoes and beans recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow’s it going these days? Are you sick of cooking all the time? Or constantly wondering”What should I make for dinner?”. Today’s recipe, inspired by Isabelle over at Crumb and the contents of my fridge and pantry should be able to help you out a bit both in terms of less prep and washing up but also giving you a little inspiration to use what you have on hand creatively.

I love a good one-pan meal and, to be honest, it’s how I cook most of my pasta dishes these days. And most of the time, I have a few pantry and fridge staples on hand that will work together to make a complete meal in a pan with hardly any cleanup. These days, juggling online teaching, less prep time and less cleanup are my friends in the kitchen!

This dish was born of leftovers – leftover squash from my Soupe Joumou – and the contents of my pantry (always have canned, diced tomatoes on hand and had recently stocked up on canned beans), so when I saw Isabelle’s Sausage and Bean Pasta Bake on her blog recently, I bookmarked it for inspiration. I changed things up a bit but Isabelle’s recipe is a great base place to start!

Low prep?

Minimal cleanup?

Pantry and fridge staples?

Enough for leftovers?

Checks all the boxes, right?

Plus, there’s a little bit of chopping which I happen to find therapeutic…

Onions and garlic…

Chopping onions to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.com Mincing garlic to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comOk so I don’t mince my garlic by hand – love my Oxo Garlic Press!

Add a little bit of thyme…

Adding thyme to onions and garlic to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen your chopped butternut squash…

Chopped butternut squash to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.com Butternut squash added to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen your meatballs (sssh – I’m cheating by using sausage meat, out of its casing then rolled into small meatballs!)

Adding meatballs to the pan to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen a can of diced tomatoes and their juices…

Adding canned tomatoes to the pot to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comAdd some stock and pasta…

Adding pasta to the pot to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comOnce the pasta is nearly cooked, add some beans (I used romano here but any will do)

Romano beans to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd some chopped cherry tomatoes…

Chopping cherry tomatoes to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.com Mixing pasta and beans in to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen a couple of handfuls of spinach that you might have hanging around your fridge…

Baby spinach leaves to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinally, some cheese on top before the whole pan goes under the broiler…

Grating cheese to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.com Adding cheese on top to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhile you clean the kitchen, this magic is happening!

Broiling cheese to make one pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs on eatlivetravelwrite.comSO GOOD, right?

And to show you just how easy it is, I pulled out my tripod and filmed myself making this (actually working on some projects for work and was inspired!)

Want the recipe? Here you go but feel free to improvise with what you have on hand!

Yield: 6-8

One pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs

One pot pasta with butternut squash, tomatoes and beans recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Easy one-pot pasta with meatballs, squash, tomatoes and beans. Meal in a dish (with hardly any cleanup!)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (approx. 150g), finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 250g butternut squash (approx 2 cups), chopped into 2cm cubes
  • 3 spicy sausages (approx 400 g), skin removed and divided into 10pieces each, rolled to form rough meatballs
  • 500ml (2 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 can (796ml) diced tomatoes
  • 250g small pasta (farfalle, penne or rotini)
  • 1 cup cherry tomato halves
  • 1 can (540ml) romano beans, rinsed and drained
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 100g grated cheese (I used mozzarella)

To serve:

  • Freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

    1. Preheat the broiler to 400˚F.
    2. Heat the oil in a large, deep oven-safe pan over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic, onion and thyme until the onions are translucent and smelling fragrant.
    3. Add the butternut squash cubes and cook approximately 3 minutes.
    4. Add the meatballs and cook until they are browned all over (they will not be completely cooked at this point), stirring from time to time to make sure they don’t stick.
    5. Add a splash of chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan clean.
    6. Add the tomatoes and their juices to the pan along with the rest of the stock.
    7. Bring to a boil then add the pasta, stirring to combine well. Make sure the pasta is covered in liquid (depending on the size of your pan, you might need a touch more stock).
    8. Place the lid on the pan cook 4 minutes less than the package directions for the pasta.
    9. Remove the lid, add the cherry tomatoes and beans, stirring to combine well.
    10. Add the spinach on top of the pan, cover and cook a further 4 minutes.
    11. Sprinkle the cheese on top and place the pan under the broiler for approximately 7 minutes until the cheese is browned and the sauce bubbling.
    12. Sprinkle with some freshly chopped parsley to serve.

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2 Responses to One pan pasta with vegetables and meatballs

  1. Mr. Neil April 20, 2020 at 08:01 #

    Delicious, seems healthier with all those veggies, and hardly seems a “:what you have in your pantry” sort of dish. Nice and hearty, too.

    Paired this with a Dolcetto from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy.

  2. Geoff April 20, 2020 at 21:05 #

    We’re heading into winter down under… looks like a nice, hearty winter’s dish.

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