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  1. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite meals. Great with roasted broccoli.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this. Where has this recipe been all my life?

  3. Desire' R says:

    Hi Monica,
    I have never heard/thought of cooking pasta with the sauce, so new for me too. The recipe sounds delicious and will give it a go soon.

  4. Tacy Bell says:

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! My husband is usually the cook in our family but I made this tonight to raves .

  5. 5 stars
    Omg I made this tonight it was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ Thanks so much I will be making this again and again

    1. haha– Thank you Kathy! I’m so glad to hear that! ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXO

  6. Kaitlyn Moore says:

    2 stars
    This technique for one-pot Alfredo is perfect! So excited to make one pot pasta! This recipe though is just BAD. If you’re basic and only need garlic flavor, well I guess that’s you, but this was bland and bad, and I needed to double the butter too.

    Trust your gut when making pasta and NOT this recipe. Whatever you normally do to pasta (I usually do onion, white wine, lemon, and red pepper flakes and garlic), do that. Not this.

    I ended up having to doctor at the end with gratuitous amounts of garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes, and it was still flat.

    That said, I’m glad I learned the technique of one pot pasta with frozen veggies, this will make life so much simpler.

    1. Thank you for giving the recipe a try and sorry it wasn’t good in your opinion…Glad you discovered the one-pot method and I always recommend doctoring things up according to taste. Much aloha- ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Do you think this recipe would work out okay if doubled? Feeding large family tonight and have everything I need to make this. I had no idea you could make pasta this way, although I have seen my mother-in-law put one cup of elbow noodles in a pot, and add one can of diced tomatoes, sauce and all, and cook it together. She swears by it, but I was leary. I may try her thing out too! lol

    1. Hi Natalie–Sorry if I’m a little too late to help you, but I would always guess YES on doubling. ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost always double recipes too! Your mother-in-law’s recipe sounds interesting too, it’s always worth a shot! Thanks for checking in and I’d love to hear how your meal turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Aloha-

      1. Natalie S. says:

        It was amazing! Doubling worked great! The kids who are usually quite picky loved it.. Will definitely be making this again and again!

  8. I never did one-pot pasta until your recipe tonight and I am 65 YO. Ityour recipe is delicious. I had leftover grilled chicken that I sliced and added along with a tiny squeeze of lemon. Just fabulous!thank you!

    1. Thank you Lorraine! Isn’t that funny, I hadn’t tried it for most of my life either–It just seemed too easy to be true!:) Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to tell me! aloha-

  9. I didn’t know! I can’t wait to try it!! Looks delicious:)
    Thanks for sharing

  10. I made this again- always a hit!- but used an ancient grains penne. I wanted to let you know it works with whole grain pasta,too. Just a bit mushy. I think we will stick to regular spaghetti. Thanks for the great recipes.

    1. Great to know! Thank you Shannon. I still need to try to make it with Gluten Free pasta for my GF friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aloha to you and always love hearing from you! XO

  11. Do you think asiago cheese will work instead of Parmesan?

    1. Mmmm–I love asiago! I would give it a try…can’t imagine it wouldn’t be great! ๐Ÿ™‚ (let me know how it turns out if you try!) Aloha

  12. Hannah Van Gelder says:

    when do the vegetables get added?

    1. Hannah–Thank you so much for asking! I hadn’t realized I had left that out! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I just edited the recipe.) I just put the veggies in at the same time as the stock, noodles, milk, etc. Everything comes to a boil together. If you were to add veggies that are not frozen, I would wait until you turn down heat to a simmer. Much aloha–and hope it turns out great! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. A) Hawaii was very windy, raining and Dark on January 27, 2013. I know this because I was trying to drive back up to the north shore from the ProBowl in Honolulu and on edge enough as it was and than my phone was constantly alarm with weather alerts about the flash flood warnings, and the high surf warnings and the high wind advisories.

    B) This recipe looks super amazing, and that I might be able to make it Weight Watcher friendly.

    1. A) I forgot how crazy stormy is was while you were here Sandy!
      B) I do hope you can try it, and let me know how it goes w/ any adjustments. So far I have one person reporting to me a gluten-free version, and now a potential Weight-Watchers version. Perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚ Proud of you my friend!

  14. mary hawkins says:

    5 stars
    I’m gonna try this pasta dish tonight~ hope it works! I have a friend who is a single mom to 3 boys in Oahu, and I just gave her the link to your blog. I think it would be perfect for her to enjoy, and who knows if you’ll end up meeting her some time! (her name is Jennifer Erb)
    Thanks for your posts, I used to live on the big island and we have such a place in our heart for Hawaii life, living here in the Palm Springs desert!

    1. Hope the pasta turned out great! And thanks for passing on my site to your Oahu friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ PS is pretty awesome too though! xo

  15. Jenny Vincent-Siew says:

    Dear Monica,
    This may seem so strange as I saw Rachael on cooking in 30-minutes on telly just this week doing exactly that, using uncooked pasta. I watched in total disbelief but eventually Voila’ she had a lovely pot of cooked pasta! It’s been raining cats & dogs every evening and its so scary outside. So cooking a one-pot meal sounds like just the meal for us too. Thanks for the wonderful meal idea reminder. Rachael Ray sez her Mum used to cook that way too. Funny we never knew it could be done that way! duh! Eh! Have fun with your family Monica as they sound like a lovely bunch. Love Jenny

    1. Thank you Jenny! So funny–I guess Rachel is copying me again, haha..! But really, I have always made lasagna with hard noodles (my mom does it that way) and it turns out just fine…I don’t know where this whole “must boil pasta” conspiracy started, but I am so glad to find out we can save some time now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it is the perfect meal for a rainy, cozy night!! Much aloha!!

  16. I made this tonight for my family and they LOVED it!!!!!! What a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing it with us. I will be sure to pass along this little gem to all my friends and family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Becky Hamrick says:

    This makes me wish I had grilled chicken hanging around somewhere so I could make this RIGHT NOW. I wonder if it would work as well with gluten-free pasta; prolly, maybe a slightly longer cook time? Anyway, it makes me drool. And no, I have never cooked my pasta in the sauce either. Coming soon to my kitchen….. :p Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. I am wondering the same about GF pasta! Plz let me know how it goes if you try it! ;). I’m sure it’s good w/ out the chicken, but worked well as main course with it. Much Aloha!

  18. You’re not alone because I’ve never made one pot pasta before either! It looks delicious and I’m all about minimal pan usage. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Woohoo! This is on tap for dinner tonight. I have not ever cooked noodles like this and am excited to try it and especially that the recipe is a one-pot dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to tell you that I LOVE the fact your recipes serve 6. It saves my way too busy/overloaded brain from having to 1 1/2 everything for my family of 5 (which includes two tween boys โ€ฆ).

  20. Pat Kinsman says:

    This recipe looks delish! I have been making a recipe for a couple of years called “One Pot Wonder” that is very similar to this recipe. I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and toss in a handful of shrimp (if I have any) at the very end. It calls for Italian diced tomatoes and I add onions and mushrooms instead of frozen vegetables- which your boys may not like. It’s easy and so delicious and you can find the recipe online.
    I will try your recipe, any ideas if rice drink would work instead of the milk?
    Mahalo !

    1. Thank you Pat! Your shrimp dish sounds awesome as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would think if you normally use rice drink in cooking, you would be fine…I haven’t cooked with it before–but the milk just adds the creamy texture, and if rice drink cooks up well, you’re probably just fine! Much aloha!

  21. There’s an amazing Mediterranean pasta like this that cooks in the tomato juice! I too was amazed and a little freaked out throwing hard noodles in a pot with all the goodies ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Mmmm, I love Mediterranean—I’ll have to hunt that recipe down next. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks and Aloha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 5 stars
    Genius, I tell you! I am up for anything that saves time and is kid friendly. It’s on the plan for next week. The only time I’ve used uncooked noodles is in crock-pot lasagna. My family loved it but I thought it was ‘meh’. This sound much tastier.

    1. Great Shannon! I hope you all love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would also try just about anything in a crock pot–Love the idea of being gone all day and coming home to a cooked dinner…But yes, this one is a winner, for sure! xo