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The ICONIC Poor Man´s Pasta | EASY One-Pot 30 Minute Recipe

I´m a huge fan of pasta dishes and this One-Pan Poor Man´s Pasta sits right up there with the best of them. Made with the most basic ingredients, super easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. Truly, the perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner or a relaxed weekend lunch.

Poor Man´s Pasta
This is a pasta dish that dates back hundred´s of years, where peasants would create recipes just like this one using ingredients they grew in their own land. Healthy, inexpensive and packed with a ton of flavors.

Poor Man´s Pasta
To make this recipe, I used the typical vegetables that are used in the Mediterranean. But you can use whatever vegetables you like or whatever you have on hand. For the pasta I used penne pasta. But once again, you can use any type of pasta you like. Though thicker cut pastas work best here

Poor Man´s Pasta

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This is a one-pot pasta, which means all the ingredients are cooked in the same pan. I used 2 1/4 cups penne pasta to 2 1/2 cups liquid. However, every pasta cooks differently, so you might need to add in a bit less broth or even more broth. But typically this ratio works best.

Poor Man´s Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Poor Man´s Pasta
5 from 2 votes

The Iconic Poor Man´s Pasta | Easy One-Pot 30 Minute Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 841 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 40 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 6 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 1 gram
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 600 ml
  • 2 1/4 cups penne pasta 8 oz / 225 grams
  • 1/2 cup black pitted olives 90 grams
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Manchego cheese 30 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the onion, thinly slice the garlic, roughly chop the red & green bell pepper and finely grate the tomatoes to end up with 1 1/2 cups (360 grams) tomato sauce

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 2 minutes, add in the onion, garlic and bell peppers, mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the finely grated tomatoes, 1 tsp dried oregano and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then turn up the heat to a high heat and simmer

  4. Once the tomato sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes, add in 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then add in 2 1/4 cups penne pasta, mix every 2 minutes

  5. After about 8 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the pasta, but there is still some broth left, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. After simmering for 3 to 4 minutes and there is virtually no broth left, remove the lid from the pan and the pan from the heat

  7. Add in 1/2 cup black pitted olives over the pasta, finely grate in a kiss of Manchego cheese and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
The Iconic Poor Man´s Pasta | Easy One-Pot 30 Minute Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 841 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 779mg34%
Potassium 1541mg44%
Carbohydrates 130g43%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 5416IU108%
Vitamin C 181mg219%
Calcium 241mg24%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    27 . Aug . 2022
  2. Billie Graham

    Another recipe for me to try! I discovered you on You Tube and every recipe I’ve tried has been a winner for my picky vegetarian daughter, as well as myself.

    20 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      21 . Jul . 2022
  3. Owen

    Albert, another wonderful dish from Espana. You may recall my name, Owen, I lived in Spain for two years ’70 to ’72. I became very fond of Spanish cuisine while residing there. You have brought the flavors back to my life. My wife has made 10-12 of your recipes, all great. Thank you!

    11 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      12 . Jul . 2022
  4. Lindsay Hanson

    Its not just your great recipe’s . You have a lcalming , gentle manner perfect for the cooking.

    15 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment! Much love 🙂

      15 . May . 2022
  5. Dsasre

    5 stars
    This was delicious, I made a couple of personal tweaks and that just added to the yum already there. Ta!

    05 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      05 . May . 2022
  6. Dayan Anderson

    5 stars
    I love my electric wok for one pot pasta dishes

    04 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!!! Much love 🙂

      04 . May . 2022
  7. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheese and skip red and green bell peppers as am not a big fan of red and green bell peppers i never had easy one pot poor mans pasta before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    04 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!!! Much love 🙂

      04 . May . 2022

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