So can I speak freely with y’all?  Have you all had a day that you were completely overwhelmed and you just cannot think to save your life, and then you forgot to do the grocery shopping and then you realize that you forgot about feeding the family but they still expect to be fed? Let everyone just raise their hands super quick, because if your schedule is as crazy as mine is, then happens to you more times than you care to admit.  Today is one of those days for me! I have 2 piles of laundry sitting here staring at me and more in the dryer – and honestly? I can’t remember exactly how long they’ve been in there. True Story.  I really don’t want to adult today – but I have to.  As I hear the dryer sing it’s song, I am snapped back to reality and I realize I’ve got to get dinner started, and quick, or frankly – I’ll be in deep shit.  I have very few options since I haven’t been to the store so ONE POT TO THE RESCUE!  Its quick,  very few ingredients, and everybody loves pasta, right?



One Pot Pasta (No fancy name for this recipe, unless you count “HURRY UP MOM!”)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes (Yes only 20 Minutes)

Serves 4-6




  • 1 pound spaghetti (any long, thin pasta will work but angel hair might cook too quickly and get mushy) 
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan




  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, combine spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and 4 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and liquid has reduced, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in Parmesan.
  3. Serve immediately.

Chef Jocelyn Notes

Things that I have learned in making this recipe over and over again!  This is probably the most versatile  recipe that I have come up with.  You can change the type of pasta you use, depending on what in your cabinet.  Also the meat is interchangeable as well. Let your creative side take over!



What do you make on those nights when dinner-time arrives and you haven’t even thought about lunch yet? What’s your go-to meal?