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One Pot Parmesan Pasta

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Looking for the easiest and quickest way to get a delicious dinner on the table that your family will love? Well, congrats! You have found it.

Our favorite part about one pot pasta dishes like this one pot Parmesan pasta, one pot pasta primavera, and one pot lemon garlic Parmesan pasta (aside from the fact that they only create a single dish to wash) is how fast they come together.

pot of parmesan pasta with fork and fresh basil

What is one pot pasta?

One pot pasta is going to be your new go-to weeknight dinner. There are so many delicious varieties (check out a round up of our favorites here) and it is oh so easy to make.

Essentially, you are cooking everything together in one pot. Which means no more spending time boiling your pasta ahead of making your sauce. Not only is it more flavorful, but it is also much less time consuming! Win win!

This might be the best way to cook pasta

You read that right, and we confidently stand by that statement. Cooking pasta in broth will knock your (and your family’s) socks off. It is a total game changer that not only makes your life easier by creating less dishes, but it packs in the flavor.

Typically when you make pasta, you drop your spaghetti into boiling water that has been heavily salted. The salt is important because while your pasta cooks to perfection, it is rehydrating and absorbing the water it is cooking in.

By cooking pasta in chicken stock, you are allowing the noodles to absorb the rich flavor of the broth. And what’s even better about this recipe is that you are also cooking the spaghetti alongside herbs, garlic, lemon juice, tomatoes and onions.

Each noodle takes on the flavor profile of the broth it’s cooking in, making each bite tastier than it would be if you cooked your pasta in water. And did we mention this method only dirties a single dish?

pot of parmesan pasta with broth, onions, and tomatoes

How to make one pot parmesan pasta

  1. Add the pasta, tomatoes, onions, basil, garlic, lemon juice and zest to a deep skillet or heavy bottomed pot. Drizzle olive oil over your ingredients and add salt and pepper to season.
  2. Pour in chicken stock or broth and stir everything together.
  3. Set your burner to medium-high heat, bringing the liquid up to a boil. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Check the texture and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, if needed, until your pasta has reached the perfect texture!
    • Note: about halfway through the cooking time, uncover your pot and stir the pasta and ingredients together. This will help prevent the spaghetti from sticking together.
  4. Once your pasta is fully cooked, turn off the heat. Then stir in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Make sure to leave it in the pot for a few minutes so the sauce can combine and thicken up!
  5. Serve and enjoy!
tongs lifting a portion of Parmesan pasta from a pot

Have leftovers?

You can safely store this in your refrigerator for 3-5 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months. Anytime you are reheating pasta, we recommend adding a splash of water to help rehydrate the mixture.

Feel free to pop this in the microwave straight from the fridge or scoop the pasta into a pot to heat on the stove.

If you have frozen your leftovers, throw it in your fridge the day before you want to eat it to make it easier to reheat. You can place it straight from the freezer into the microwave, but it may take a little bit longer. If you are taking this route (straight from freezer to microwave), heat it up in rounds and mix it every minute and a half. This will make sure that the dish reheats evenly.

Can I make this pasta dish gluten free?

Absolutely! Depending on the type of gluten free pasta you choose, you may need to make a couple of modifications to the quantity of liquid and cook time.

We have found that gluten free pasta (particularly spaghetti) is a bit more delicate than regular pasta. Because of that, we recommend starting out with 3 1/4 cup of chicken stock and to gently stir a couple more times while it is cooking. This will prevent it from sticking and tearing apart.

Make sure to taste test a noodle for texture at the 8 minute mark. If you find that your pasta is still a bit chewy or undercooked, add an extra 1/2 cup of stock.

tongs lifting a serving of Parmesan pasta from a pot

One Pot Parmesan Pasta

Food Dolls
Light and simple one pot pasta made with lots of fresh basil, fresh lemon juice, and parmesan cheese!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 251 kcal


  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1 small onion (sliced thin)
  • 14.5 oz Rotel or petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 juice of a lemon + zest
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • more basil for garnish


  • In a deep skillet or heavy bottom pot add pasta, tomatoes, onions, basil, garlic, lemon juice + zest.
  • Drizzle olive oil, add salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken stock and stir everything.
  • On medium-high heat bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 8-10. Half way through cooking give it a good stir to make sure the pasta does not stick together. Cover and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
  • Stir in heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. Let sit for a few minutes for the sauce to thicken up!



Serving: 8g | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword easy pasta recipe, one pot pasta, parmesan pasta
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  1. 5 stars
    I tried this before and loved it! Curious if I cooked and added in chicken, do you need to add more chicken stock? Any recommendations for this?

    1. Amazing! No, you wouldn’t need to add more broth! You can start by chopping the chicken in 1 inch pieces. Season, and saute them in the pot with a little bit but of olive oil. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the remaining ingredients and cook like the recipe instructions! We did a similar recipe, with instructions like this One Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta.
      Let us know how it turns out! xo, Alia & Radwa

  2. 5 stars
    This was the first FoodDolls recipe that I tried and I can’t wait to make it again!
    I ended up using dried basil instead of fresh, and it worked, but fresh basil will definitely be used next time.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious! Eating it right out of the pot as I write this. Topping it with shrimp for dinner!

  4. 5 stars
    Just discovered you girls today on line. Made this pasta….soooo good! I’ll be making it again and again. So easy and so delicious. Looking forward to using some of your other recipes ❤️

    1. Yay, we are so glad you discovered us <3! Let us know what other recipes you try! xo, Alia & Radwa

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made this 3 times & it’s a pot of deliciousness! This last time, I sautéed shrimp with garlic & lemon juice & it was the perfect accompaniment with the lemony basil pasta. My husband loves it so definitely a go to meal for us. Wouldn’t hesitate a bit to serve to guests as well. Love following you sweet ladies❤️

  6. Made this recipe and it was amazing..instead of cooking 🔪 n the stove top I us d my phone insta-pot..it was done in 5 minutes .my kind of dish! Also anything spaghetti us my hubbies favorite..
    Thank you

    1. Hi Megan,

      You can see the nutrition facts on the bottom of the recipe card! The serving size is for one cup!

      Alia & Radwa

  7. 5 stars
    My husband picks a new recipe each week for me to make. He sent me this one, I made it, and we LOVED it. It was easy and so delicious. It will be on regular rotation for us. I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this to family and friends. It was creamy and comforting and full of flavor. Cheers!!

  8. 5 stars
    This was a big hit with my family! I did a chicken breast in the fryer and added that to my husband’s pasta, the rest of the family enjoyed it as is. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Made this on quarantine while my husband and I are sick, and this was so easy and so delicious! We didn’t have heavy cream so we substituted an almond milk/olive oil blend and it still turned out great! We also added in shredded chicken. It tasted even better as leftovers.

    1. You definitely can, we recommend adding cooked shredded chicken and if it thickens up you can add a splash of broth or milk to help loosen it up!

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! Loved the lemon, amount of cheese, everything – and it wasn’t too saucy (as some have stated).

    1. Yes, however the liquid measurements may need to be reduced. Gluten-free pasta can be more delicate so gently stir so the pasta does not break apart too much.