One Pot Pasta With Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom

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This one pot pasta with chicken, spinach & mushroom is ready in 30 minutes & makes a great weeknight meal. Add any veg you like to make it even healthier!

This recipe was originally published in February 2016 but I’ve since updated the photos. All the text below was written in the original post, just now with better photos! I hope you love this one pot pasta as much as I do ☺

We make pasta for dinner at least once a week. It’s easy, it’s versatile and it’s perfect comfort food. One pot pastas are some of my favourites because they also cut down on clean up which is super. This cheesy roasted red pepper one pot pasta is a great vegetarian option or even try making this pressure cooker version!

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Last week I finally got round to trying out a one pot/one pan pasta and guess what, I’m in love! So easy, so tasty and so quick. I think the original concept is credited to Martha Stewart and since then so many different versions have been created.

I love that this one was perfect for using up the left over veg we had in the fridge and you could definitely add anything else you had on hand.

Related: Try this five ingredient garlic mushroom pasta if you’re looking for a veggie option

How do you cook pasta and sauce together?

For the sauce in this one pot pasta I used a combination of tinned tomatoes, chicken or vegetable stock and milk. It might sound like a bit of an odd combination but I found it was the best way to get a creamy and tasty sauce. The pasta and all the other ingredients are cooked right in the liquid and the starch from the pasta thickens the liquid so that it turns into a sauce.

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I looked up quite a few recipes before trying this out because I knew I wanted to include the chicken thighs we had and I wanted to see how other people had done it.

A lot of people had cooked the chicken first and then taken it out while they cooked the rest of meal. I really wasn’t keen for that, my priority was being able to cook everything in the pot without having to remove and add things again. Basically just minimal faffing.

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This recipe does exactly that – you cook the chicken for a short while to make sure it’s all sealed and then it finishes cooking while you gradually add all the rest of the ingredients.

Which pasta is best for one pot pasta?

Honestly I think this recipe will work with pretty much any pasta. I went with fusilli but you could use any cut, a longer one like spaghetti would work just as well. Just keep a close eye on the pot to make sure the pasta is cooked to your liking.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS SUPER EASY ONE POT PASTA WITH CHICKEN, SPINACH & MUSHROOM:

  • Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Dried Oregano
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Baby Leaf Spinach
  • Pasta
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chicken Stock/Chicken Broth
  • Milk
  • Worcestershire Sauce

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Once everything’s been cooking for a while the starch from the pasta helps to thicken the stock and tomatoes and makes everything taste amazing.

I wish I had more time to make my own stock from scratch but unfortunately I have to resort to the ready made stuff. At the moment I’m obsessed with these knorr stock pots, they just have so much more flavour than the cubes.

This pasta is also pretty healthy thanks to the spinach and mushrooms and I love that basically any veg would work so chuck in whatever you like best.

Pan or pot?

You can use pretty much anything to make this one pot pasta as long as it’s big enough to hold all of your ingredients. I like to use my large pot or dutch oven but if you have a wide skillet that could also work. 

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Expert tips for making this one pot pasta recipe:

  • Start off by frying the onion, garlic and chicken in the pot you’re going to cook the pasta in. Sealing the chicken first helps to keep all the flavour in there.
  • Add the mushrooms and all the liquid along with the pasta and simmer until the pasta is cooked. If the sauce is still a bit liquidy leave it to stand for a couple of minutes and the starch from the pasta will help to thicken it.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Can you freeze one pot pasta?

If there are any leftovers then you can definitely freeze this pasta. Simply portion into sealed containers and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat defrost thoroughly and then reheat in the microwave for a couple of minutes until heated through. 

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Want more? Try these other one pot recipes or get all my other pasta recipes!

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS ONE POT PASTA WITH CHICKEN, SPINACH & MUSHROOM?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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How to make one pot pasta:

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One Pot Pasta with Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom

This one pot pasta with chicken, spinach & mushroom is ready in 30 minutes & makes a great weeknight meal. Add any veg you like to make it even healthier!
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 594kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 4 Skinless and Boneless Chicken Thighs sliced
  • 200 g Button Mushrooms sliced
  • 150 g Baby Leaf Spinach
  • 400 g Pasta
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 litre Chicken Stock
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over a medium heat. Cook the onion for a few minutes until softened. Add the garlic, spices and chicken and cook until the chicken is almost cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, cook for a few more minutes. Add the pasta, tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire sauce and milk plus a big sprinkling of salt and pepper. Bring everything to the boil and then simmer for about 10-15 minutes. I found that the pasta took a little longer to cook than normal so you might need about 15 minutes.
  • A few minutes before the end of cooking add the spinach and let wilt into the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked serve topped with a sprinkling of parmesan if you like.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pasta with Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom
Amount Per Serving
Calories 594 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 993mg28%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 3915IU78%
Vitamin C 14.7mg18%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    29/08/2017 at 8:35 PM

    Such a tasty way to use up those chicken thighs Amy. Penne is one of my favorite pastas. It brings back memories of my first date with the hubby.

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    Hope
    29/08/2017 at 10:10 PM


    This looks perfect for a busy weeknight – great comfort food! All made in one dish – even better 🙂

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    29/08/2017 at 10:39 PM


    I’ve been loving one pot meals lately! The less dishes the better!

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    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    29/08/2017 at 11:00 PM

    Yum! Totally adding this to my list of weeknight menu options.

  • Reply
    Ginny
    29/08/2017 at 11:28 PM


    One pot is the way to go. I love how you’ve added smoked paprika an spinach always makes a meal.

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    Deni
    24/10/2018 at 6:32 PM


    This is delicious! I’ve cooked it twice and both times my family loved it. Very easy to make and full of flavour, thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Amy
      24/10/2018 at 6:52 PM

      Thank you so much Deni! I’m so glad you like the recipe 🙂

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