Need a super easy and delicious meal that’s ready to eat in 15 minutes? This 15 minute pasta fits the bill and tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove all day.
This 15-minute pasta is the ultimate quick pantry dinner.
If you haven’t seen it on Instagram, I’m changing this blog a bit. As a single woman, who cooks for myself, I face a number of challenges while trying to be creative, play in the kitchen, but only feed myself. As I’ve been talking to friends and other women who are just cooking for themselves, we all commiserated on the reality of not having the time to cook, not having the desire to cook just for ourselves, and the never ending flood of leftovers. I mean, the serving size of 4 is so normal and awesome, but when you’re eating something yourself, a meal that lasts anywhere from 3-5+ meals can get super boring fast. So, with that said, I’m going to be making a few tweaks to this blog. Same great easy content, but I’ll share tips and glimpses into what it’s like cooking for one, and my recipes will have smaller serving sizes. The good thing is that you can easily double these recipes, or find recipes elsewhere. Either way, you’re bound to find something that will make it easier to cook at home!
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how this 15-minute pasta fits into my lifestyle
Cooking for one is awesome and a challenge. With the freedom to cook whatever you want, with the reality of a busy work and other events schedule, and also that freedom to cook whatever you want, it’s so easy to just go grab something to eat after work. You don’t have to plan, you don’t have to prepare, and you can be eating within 15-20 minutes. But as I’ve been talking to clients, friends, and others who cook just for themselves, grabbing food can get expensive fast, it can make it harder to eat a varied, balanced diet (hello veggies!), and it can lead to rotting food in the fridge. I get it. Cooking is more than just feeding ourselves, it’s culturally a way to connect with others and when we don’t have loved ones to share meals with, cooking can get tedious and lose it’s magic.
I’ve been there, you may be there right now, or have been there too.
Enter this easy pasta recipe.
How it’ll make your life easier
This 15-minute spaghetti is made with ingredients I always have in my pantry (even the sausage thanks to a meat sale that I just stocked up on), it actually just takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish, unlike those 30 minute meals that my mom used to make, that actually took 45+ minutes. Plus, it’s a meal that serves 2, so you can eat it if you’re starving, save the rest for lunch, or double it if you like leftovers. Any way, it’s awesome.
Quick Notes on This Recipe
Homemade pasta sauce?
It’s so easy, delicious, and you probably won’t want to go back to canned pasta sauce. It’s just a jar of canned tomatoes, some Italian seasoning, onions, and salt & pepper. That’s it. Or if you’ve got fresh basil, or other herbs, throw those in too. Half of the fun of homemade pasta sauce is that it turns out differently every time.
The quick & dirty on how to make this quick pasta
First you start with onions and sausage. I use sausage as my protein when I’m short on time, but need something hearty. Sausage is the perfect accompaniment to delicious and quick pasta because it’s packed with flavor, and many come precooked, which means quick prep. I always slice the sausage before cooking it because a) it cooks so fast, and b) each side gets nice and caramelized. It’s delicious.
Then add the tomatoes, spices, and the pasta at the end. It’s so flavorful, easy, and makes a quick dinner that you can actually be eating within 15-20 minutes from when you start cooking.
I used precooked pasta after getting a package sent to me. If extra pots and boiling time lead you to rarely make pasta, this is a great option. Either way, you’re bound to have a delicious & easy dish.
Check out these other quick (but not quite as quick) pasta recipes
15 Minute Pasta
- 1 cup dry pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion chopped
- 2 precooked Italian sausages
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh/dried basil
- grated parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to box directions.
- Place saucepan on burner, at medium-high heat. Slice onions and sausages. Add oil, then sausage and onions to saucepan, once it's been heated. Cook until sausage is browned, about 3-5 minutes.
- Once sausage is browned, add jar of diced tomatoes, seasoning to saucepan. Simmer for at least 5 minutes. Divide pasta into two bowls, divide sausages and sauce between the two bowls as well. Top with basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy.
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