Friday, 30 August 2013

Student Suppers: That One Pot Pasta With Buffalo Mozzarella

You know that one pot pasta recipe from Martha Stewart which has basically done the rounds of practically every food blog on the internet? Yes, that one. I had not tried it yet, but when my parents went out for the evening and I was able to cook just for myself for once (while I love cooking for others, it was lovely to think about just cooking for myself and what I wanted or fancied for the first time in months), and because I knew I had all the ingredients to hand I thought I'd have a go at cutting the recipe down from serves two to serves one (the original is serves four I think, but I was working from Rose's version). I also switched out the parmesan which I don't like for the leftover half a ball of mozzarella in the fridge. 

I found it made a delicious and filling dinner, which was so quick and easy I just know it is going to become part of my food rotation when I move into my new London place in a few weeks time. For now though as Summer is coming to the end, an outdoor supper for one out on the patio with bright Summertime place mats (these were from John Lewis eons ago, because people have been asking me when they've spied them in earlier posts) with a big glass of ice cold white wine and Pretty Little Liars on my laptop. As a Pretty Little Liars related side note, the Summer finale? There is no way that ____ is A. No way.
So, as the description describes, you put all the ingredients into one pan and cook. Well, except for the mozzarella which you cut up into small pieces and stir in before serving, or the original parmesan which you also stir in before serving. As this has been cut down to one persons serving and therefore you'll be using a small saucepan, the spaghetti won't fit. There is absolutely no harm in just snapping the bunch of pasta in half so it does. Bring to the boil and cover with a lid, allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has disappeared and the pasta is tender.

  • 1 Portion Dried Spagetti 
  • 100g (3oz) Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Very Small Onion, sliced
  • 1 Small Garlic Clove, sliced
  • Handful Torn Basil Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • Pinch Dried Chilli (Red Pepper) Flakes
  • Freshly Ground Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • 250ml (1 Cup) Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 Buffalo Mozzarella Ball or Parmesan

What are your favourite quick, one pot week night suppers? Have you tried this famous one pot wonder, yet?


  1. I need to try this - I keep trying one post pasta creations and they're such a good idea x

  2. I definitely don't miss Student meals but this looks great!

  3. Isn't this delicious? I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this a few weeks ago. So easy but so good! it's become part of our meal rotation already.

  4. This looks so easy, I love dishes like these. Will keep this in mind!

  5. I actually made this last night and used mozzarella too coincidentally. I got my recipe from budget bytes so a few things are altered from the martha stewart one, the stock is reduced and a tin of chopped tomatoes (instead of fresh) is added in order to make it a bit thicker/chunkier. It was really really good, and incredibly simple x

  6. I've been waiting for ages for Pretty Little Liars to come bk on tv, how have I missed it?!? What season have you just watched?

  7. I'm not a student anymore but this dish is worth a try, yum!!!

  8. Season 4. First half has just finished airing in America. I watch most things on American timings as I used to live there and watch them on an actual television!

  9. love this! will try it back at uni x

  10. Let me know what you think, and we need to have a catch up - it has been absolutely forever!