Student recipe: one-pot tomato pasta

student recipe for tomato pasta
It's a very pervasive stereotype that students don't know how to cook and only ever eat beans on toast. While we think that beans on toast is pretty tasty, we at iQ Student Accommodation know that many of our student tenants are actually fantastic cooks. And we like to regularly post recipes that are easy for any student to make - whether you're a whizz in the kitchen or you've never cooked before!
This recipe for an incredibly easy tomato pasta is a great student dish - the ingredients are cheap and the whole thing should take you about 20 minutes to make. Most of the ingredients are long-lasting, so you can stock up your cupboards with them and always know you'll have something tasty to make in an emergency. Plus, everything gets cooked together in one pot - so you can save on washing up. Amazing!
This is a relatively healthy recipe, as you don't use any fat or oil for frying. Still, with all that tasty, carby pasta coated in thick sauce, it feels very indulgent! Our recipe is vegetarian, but it would also be very easy to add meat - simply throw in some strips of cooked ham at the end, or grill some sausages to go alongside the pasta. 
This recipe serves 2 people
You will need: 
  • 200g dried spaghetti or linguine
  • One medium onion
  • A couple of handfuls of mushrooms
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • One tin of chopped tomatos
  • One stock cube - chicken or vegetable
  • A handful of fresh basil (optional)
  1. Slice the onion as thinly as possible. Roughly chop the mushrooms.
  2. Boil the kettle and use the stock cube to make 1 pint of stock.
  3. In a large saucepan, add the pasta, onion, mushrooms, chopped tomatos and stock. Crush the garlic and add to the mixture. Make sure the liquid is covering the pasta.
  4. Place the pan over a high heat until the liquid boils, and then turn down the heat so it is just simmering. Cook, stirring frequently until the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce and the pasta is cooked through. This should take approximately 15 minutes.
  5. If you are using basil, chop it roughly and mix into the pasta.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Let us know how your spaghetti turns out in the comments below!