Weeknights are busy enough without having to spend hours planning, cooking, and cleaning up dinner. Try this one-pan pasta for a fresh meal that will fill you up while cutting down on dishes.
This method focuses on cooking pasta in a pan, then using the starchy water as the base for a sauce. You'll need pasta, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh basil, olive oil, just enough water, salt, pepper, and parmesan (although honestly, everything past the pasta, onion, garlic, and tomatoes are really a matter of taste.)
Throw everything except the cheese into a high-walled pan and bring it to a boil. Turn the pasta every few minutes with tongs, gently mixing all the ingredients together until the pasta is done. Top with the cheese and chow down.
Of course, you can also tweak this recipe to go along with what's in your pantry, like canned white beans or other dried herbs. The real key is the amount of water you use. You want enough to cook the pasta and serve as a base for the sauce, but not so much that it's waterlogged For the full recipe, including how much water works with how much pasta, check out the link below.
One-Pan Pasta Recipe [Martha Stewart]