Vegetarian Skillet Pasta

This one-pot vegetarian dish is a go-to recipe for my family. I came up with this process as I hate to boil pasta!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, chopped

  • 1 (12 ounce) package fiber-enriched rotini (such as Ronzoni® SmartTaste®)

  • 4 cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 (26.5 ounce) can pasta sauce (such as Classico®)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 6 tablespoons low-fat ricotta cheese


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and saute until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Pour in dry rotini pasta and stir in 4 cups water, pasta sauce, salt, and pepper.

  2. Cover skillet and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir pasta, adding a little more water if contents seem too dry. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes more.

  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in Parmesan cheese. Add tablespoon-sized scoops of ricotta cheese decoratively on top of the pasta. Cover and cook until Parmesan has melted and ricotta has heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Any vegetables can be easily added to this recipe. Just saute them with the onion, bell pepper, and spinach. Meat can also be added if you like, just make sure it is cooked before the dry pasta step. Modifications may increase the calorie count.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
11g Fat
35g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 715mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 45mg 223%
Calcium 208mg 16%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 801mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.