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One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta

I love when meals come out of nowhere. I made this quick, simple and healthy One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta a couple Sundays ago for dinner. J and I had just got back from a relaxing walk and the last thing I wanted to do was cook up something elaborate. I never feel like spending hours in the kitchen on Sunday evening. Are you with me on that one? 

I threw some macaroni, canned tomatoes, broccoli, spices, a bit of garlic and onions (you can even use dried if you are really lazy in a rush) in a pot… and this awesome One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta came to be!

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I won’t bore you with my school stuff but I am going in to defend my thesis this afternoon! I didn’t want to make you guys wait any longer for this simple and quick One Pot Cheesy Tomato Macaroni. I teased you guys with this quick and easy dish on Instagram and Facebook and was planing on sharing it with you later that week but my exam schedule and thesis defense got the best of me! Forgive me? πŸ˜‰

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Guys, this One Pot Cheesy Tomato Macaroni literally takes less than 20 minutes to throw together. And that includes serving it in a bowl and topping it off with lots of hot sauce! Throw everything in a pot, stir, wait, serve, devour.

How is this Healthy One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta so darn creamy? The starch created from the pasta while cooking in the vegetable broth magically makes a super creamy pasta sauce. Throwing in a bit of nutritional yeast once the pasta is ready takes the cheesiness and creaminess of this One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta to the next level. This meal has become a staple around here for any night I just don’t feel like doin’ a whole lotta cookin! Dinner is served, Yum!

I’m off to defend my thesis now, send good thoughts my way and wish me luck! 

One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta

*Note: The Nutritional Yeast is an essential ingredient in this Vegan Cheesy Tomato Mac and is what makes it taste so cheesy despite the fact there is no dairy cheese actually in it. πŸ˜‰ I mentioned before with my Healthy Pasta Primavera that nutritional yeast should be a staple in every kitchen!! If you have not started cooking with it yet, I would highlyy recommend getting some. Even if your kitchen is not plant-based, nutritional yeast is a great way to bring that “cheesy” taste to your favorite dishes while keeping them low fat and cholesterol free! πŸ™‚ 

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One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta

  • Author: Ceara
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 3 large or 4 smaller servings 1x


A super creamy, heathy and quick One Pot Cheesy Tomato Macaroni. This pasta could not be easier to make – it is cooked directly in the water with all the ingredients, creating a creamy and light pasta sauce. A staple in easy, weeknight dinners.




  1. Dice the garlic, chop the onions and broccoli into bite size florets (see photo, or just use frozen). Add all of the ingredients except the nutritional yeast (macaroni through to vegetable broth) to a large pot (Use a pot larger than the one used in the photo so the pasta does no stick together!!).
  2. Bring the pot to boil over medium high heat. Stir every few minutes until the macaroni is cooked through. Make sure not to overcook the macaroni. Once the macaroni is cooked to aldente add the nutritional yeast to the pasta and vegetables. Stir everything together. Season with addition herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Note: You should not have a lot of liquid left over, the macaroni should have soaked it up up during the cooking process. A bit of liquid is fine and adds to the creaminess of the pasta. If there happens to be a lot of liquid, just drain a little bit of it out before adding the nutritional yeast.
  3. Serve warm, garnish with additional hot sauce, nutritional yeast and chives! Best served warm right away.


1) Substitute the herbes de provence with 1 1/2 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano. I like this pasta equally both ways!
2) Double this recipe if serving it for a larger family but be SURE to use a larger pot so the pasta does not stick together.
3) Replace up to half the vegetable broth with plain water.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: American

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Giveaway: One last thing, make sure to come back Friday for a GIVEAWAY I’ll be hosting on the blog!! I’m giving away a few packs of my favorite granola to one very lucky reader. Stay Tuned!

If you do try this  Vegan and Healthy One Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta, I love hearing about it and seeing your awesome #CearasKitchen creations. Share your photos with me on Instagram @CearasKitchen (and remember to tag #CearasKitchen so I don’t miss it!) or share it on my Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook page.  Have a wonderful day everyone! <3

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  2. We made it this evening, substituting the broccoli for a mix of cauliflower and carrots, ’cause that was all we had left in the frigde. It was so GOOD and creamy!!
    Thank you for this lovely recipe! We’ll definitely make it again πŸ™‚

  3. I feel really stupid but what is nutritional yeast? I really want 2 make this. Would really appreciate an answer. I’m so sorry in ur busy schedule.

  4. I REALLY loved this!!! Just made it with penne and enjoyed it so much! I had my doubts about it getting creamy, but it really did haha Great dinner and so many possibilities! Thank you!

  5. This was fantastic! I added a little slurry of 1 tsp cornstarch + water to it at the end with the nooch to help make it a bit more creamy since i think i had a tad too much liquid (but not enough to drain off).

    This is going into the rotation! Quick, easy and delicious!

  6. I rarely eat pasta, but this looks super delish and will be a good meal to send to wk with my husband. Glad other’s like it too. Positive feedback is a great resource to base making a recipe on. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  7. I absolutely loved this recipe! Turned out great it was super fast, full of flavour, and low fat. Perfect for those nights you are in a hurry I will definitely make this again.

  8. Hi Ceara! I absolutely love one pot meals, no thesis here but 2 little kids keeping me super busy. Not to mention work work work. You need tasty meals though when you’re constantly on-the-go, and who wants to wash pots? Totally not me. Love you you managed to make it creamy out of vegetable broth and starch. Yum! I’d be super excited just to eat the leftovers of this, mind sharing? Ha.

    1. Hehe, sending the leftovers your way Laura! One pot meals are the best for busy days (or any day – I never like doing dishes, ha!). πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  9. Good luck on your defense! I am defending (hopefully) in November…after 6 years in the making…so ready to be done! Love this healthy pasta dinner, I love lighter, healthy pastas! I’ve never tried nutritional yeast, but sounds like I should try it!

    1. Thank you, Denise!!! It feels so GOOD to be done – next step finish exams and graduate πŸ™‚ I can only imagine how amazing it will feel once you’ll be done our Phd!!

      And you need to get on the nutritional yeast train, girl!!! πŸ™‚ My partner isn’t vegan and LOVES this stuff! <3

  10. I made this and it was so easy and quick! Followed the directions exactly and it turned out wonderful…so creamy, cheesy and delicious. I added some olives right before serving! Thanks for sharing this recipe – it will become one of my favorites when I want something quick and flavorful!

    1. Thank you SO much for your wonderful feedback, Linda! I am SO happy you enjoyed it and it’s become one of your favorites!! I absolutely love your addition of olives – I am olive obsessed over here! πŸ™‚

    1. HI Sharon! The nutritional yeast + the technique of cooking the pasta in the water with the tomatoes is what gives it its distinct “cheesy” flavor πŸ™‚

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  11. Oh my gosh this looks sooo good Ceara!! I love these quick, easy meals! I do this quite often when I don’t feel like following my exact recipe and I’m too lazy. I LOVE pasta, it is my comfort food and this looks like it contains everything I love! Love all that added broccoli too, yum!

    1. Meals that come out of nowhere are the best πŸ™‚ Yes!! You need to try nutritional yeast – it’s wonderful! πŸ™‚

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