One Pot Pasta (Well, Almost)

This is one of those times when I give you permission to lick your screen. You can do one better, however, just make this, then you can lick your plate instead.

I saw this idea on Martha Stewart and, being a lazy person who loves fast and easy meals, it’s really no surprise I loved it and wanted to make my version straight away. Actually, I can’t believe I’ve never thought about doing this. It’s just so…ME!

One Pot Pasta

One Pot Pasta…Updated Picture (same basic concept, but sausage instead of minced beef and Rigatoni Pasta instead of Bucattini)

I made several alterations to her recipe, to make it more healthy and balanced. You can use any type of pasta for this, but if you use thinner or tinier pasta, please adjust the water accordingly.


This serves 4

  • 320g of Spaghetti
  • 300g of minced beef
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 3 large carrots, cut into strips
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • Paste of 5 garlic cloves and 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 4 atarodo/habanero, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground dried oregano
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt, divided
  • 1 small bunch of spring onions, green part only, chopped


  1. Blend tomatoes with 3 tablespoons of water to a chunky consistency.
  2. Put coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat. After 30 seconds, add minced beef and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Stir, and brown the meat for 3 minutes. Drain and reserve the drained fat.
  4. In a large pot, put the spaghetti, tomatoes, onions, black pepper, carrots, bell peppers, atarodo, onions, garlic paste, oregano, stock cubes, and remaining salt.
  5. Add the reserved fat and 4 cups of water. Cover the pot and set over medium-high heat. Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the browned beef, stir and simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the sesame oil and spring onions. Stir and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

Send me pictures of your tongue-cleaned plates!!!

One Pot Pasta


Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

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mojisolaadebola - February 2, 2016

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cyndi - February 2, 2016

Can’t wait to make this for dinner,but deema aint we suppose to drain d sticky spaghetti water?is it safe to cook it witout draining?.

    Chidinma - February 2, 2016

    Cyndi, there’s nothing wrong with not draining the pasta. The only reason to drain pasta is to remove excess water. The water is just thick and starchy, kind of like cooking yams for porridge

mummyf - February 8, 2016

good work deema. i have missed u!!

mummyf - February 9, 2016

i am very fine thank you .happy new year to u too. i pray God makes this year a special one for you ijn

Bunny - February 10, 2016

Made this on Saturday for brunch with a little alteration, couldn’t get minced meat from the supermarket(guess I went too early) and wasn’t in the mood of going to the market to buy meat/grind so I got kidney instead then cooked it a bit and shedded it with a vegetable grater, also I left out the oregano (more like, ‘forgot’ :D). It was a big hit!! We all loved it and “MY GOD!” Escaped from one of the eaters mouth when he had his first bite off the food. Thanks for this recipe.
Pls how do I send you pictures??searched the blog but couldn’t find any link.

    Chidinma - February 10, 2016

    I’m mortified! I can’t believe I didn’t have a Contact Me page earlier.

    I’ve created one now. Pls email me the pictures and recipe, or send them via bbm

cyndi - February 10, 2016

I made this today.my neighbour almost ate my pot she couldn’t control hersef.couldn’t get minced meat dou so I used corn beef.den couldn’t get oregano.but it was .muah.she couldn’t belive she was stil eating spaghetti.anyways told her to find d recipe and more on ur blog.thanks deema for all dis wonderful food.

    Chidinma - February 11, 2016

    You are such a darling. Thank you.
    The corned beef might be the guilty party, as it tends to make things mushy. Next time, if you still use corned beef, reduce the liquid by 1/2 cup. I’m really glad to hear you liked it.

cyndi - February 10, 2016

I also wanted to ask.mine was mushy like d. 3rd picture on Your illustration.not like the one in the plate u served.is that d right consistency abi I overcooked or maybe added too much water in mine.

Ese - February 11, 2016

Deema i’m drooling ooooo…………….. This must be done this weekend bcos i hardly cook within the week. (lagos stressful life)

    Chidinma - February 11, 2016

    I can imagine. By the time you get home after battling Lagos traffic, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Pele dear.


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