One-Pot “Yummy Pasta”

One-Pot "Yummy Pasta"

Here is a recipe that I shared on Instagram stories recently with you that you all just loved, and we all agreed it needed its place on the blog. This is One-Pot “Yummy Pasta” is one of those go-to weeknight recipes I make for my kids (big kids love it, too, so it’s all good if you’re an adult). It’s 4 simple ingredients cooked all in one pot with a result of simple deliciousness! I kinda like to think of it as a cleaned-up spaghetti-o. 

One-Pot "Yummy Pasta" One-Pot "Yummy Pasta"

My kids, who adore this One-Pot “Yummy Pasta” dish, are the ones that coined the term “yummy pasta” and it’s been on a regular rotation for them. It’s a tried and true go-to and one that I know you all will love making for your… *cough* kids 😉

For more one-pot meals, try my One-Pot Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff, One-Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta or One-Pot Penne Alfredo Pasta.

One-Pot "Yummy Pasta"

One-Pot "Yummy Pasta"
Serves: 2 people
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins



  • Combine the (uncooked) pasta, milk, marinara, and water in a large saucepan. Stir until well combined and then turn heat to high. Bring the contents to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the salt and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is tender and the liquid has mostly absorbed and there is a nice, thick sauce, 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve and enjoy!


Reheating hack: to reheat this pasta, I like to toss it in a skillet with 1/4 cup of either milk or water over medium heat, stirring, until the pasta is rehydrated and warm and the excess liquid has absorbed.


  • Reply
    Chris T.
    May 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    Great for picky eaters! I doubled the recipe, added some meatballs, and used rotini since I’ve had some few boxes in my pantry. My family liked it a lot! You do have to cook it a little longer for the meatballs, so my pasta was a little too tender but it didn’t make a real difference.

  • Reply
    February 19, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This is officially on rotation in our house! My husband and I love it as much as our two toddlers! Simple and delicious.

    • Reply
      Alyson Calo
      March 7, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      5 stars
      Easy and delicious! My toddler loves it. I usually do almond milk!

  • Reply
    February 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    5 stars
    Easy and quick! Can’t beat it on a night when you need simple and have a hungry family.

  • Reply
    February 18, 2021 at 3:05 am

    5 stars
    Honestly can’t beat the simplicity! Love it!

  • Reply
    January 15, 2021 at 2:23 am

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, so simple and delicious!

  • Reply
    December 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    5 stars
    I love this pasta. Quick, easy, and oh so comforting!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Has anyone tried this in an instant pot?

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    My family loves this recipe!! I usually use regular milk but tried it with Ripple recently and it didn’t taste much different – was still delicious.

  • Reply
    November 8, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Has anyone made this with almond milk

    • Reply
      November 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      yes!! it works for sure. I wont lie– when I do this my kids notice and don’t like it; however, I think it’s great if you really need a DF alternative.

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      Trisha Wells
      December 30, 2020 at 2:31 am

      Has anyone made this with Banza penne pasta? I want to make this & that’s what I got!

      • Reply
        December 30, 2020 at 5:44 pm

        Yes, people do this all the time and say it’s still good

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