For the longest time I was a one pot pasta skeptic! Then I made my first one a few weeks ago and immediately saw the charm of it. It’s easy, quick and leaves very few dishes making it a perfect week night dinner. So I immediately started working on my own recipe with all the flavours I like at the moment that go well in this type of one pot situatuation. Now here it is! My winter one pot pasta with butternut squash, spinach and smoked tofu.

I wanted the dish to have everything you need for a balanced meal in just the one pot. So the recipe has good complex carbs with the brown rice pasta (feel free to use whole wheat if you prefer), plant based protein from the smoked tofu and a good amount of veggies including spinach for those good for you leafy greens.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we have and don’t forget to make some vegan brazil nut parmesan to go with your pasta (or use store bought for ease)!

Malin x

Winter One Pot Pasta

Serves 4.


1 red onion

0,5 medium butternut squash

1 block (230 g) firm smoked tofu

2 tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves

2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried basil

0,5 tsp chili flakes

1,5 × 400 g can diced tomatoes

3,5 cups water

1-2 tbsp vegetable stock powder or 1 vegetable stock cube

450 g brown rice penne or similar

150 g baby leaf spinach

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Top with:

Vegan parmesan