Broth: Use either chicken or vegetable broth, or bone broth for extra protein.
Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds richness to the sauce, however you can also use half-and-half for less fat.
Cheese: A mix of mozzarella and Parmesan are the ultimate duo. The former lends melty goodness, while Parmesan adds salty, nutty undertones.
Step 1: Sauté Onion and Tomatoes
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet with a fitted lid over medium. Add onion and tomatoes; cook 7 to 8 minutes, until the onion is soft and tomatoes are broken down and jammy.
Step 2: Simmer Pasta
Add pasta, marinara sauce, water, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 3: Stir in Spinach and Cheese
Remove lid and stir in heavy cream, spinach, and cheese. Stir continuously until spinach wilts and cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan, if using.
One Pan Chicken Pasta: Add 12 ounces of ground chicken to the onion mixture and sauté until browned.
One Pan Feta Pasta: Instead of the mozzarella, add ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese.
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta: In lieu of the cherry tomatoes, add ½ cup of sliced sun-dried tomatoes in oil.
I love serving this skillet pasta with a simple veggie side salad. Here are a few of my favorites:
To Store. This creamy tomato pasta may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To Freeze. Freeze pasta in zip-top bags or freezable containers for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating.
To Reheat. Warm leftovers on the stovetop over medium heat, in a covered pot with a lid, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Alternatively, you may also microwave individual portions until steaming.
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One Pan Creamy Tomato Pasta
One Pan Creamy Tomato Pasta with spinach and mozzarella will become your savior on busy weeknights. Ready in under 30 minutes and picky eater-approved, this skillet pasta is a crowd favorite.