Gooey wild mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta dinner

An easy and delicious vegetarian one-pot pasta dish.
Cook everything together for a quick, fuss-free meal and very little washing up!

Pinterest is a great way to lose a few hours. I find myself browsing pins for things I’m not even interested in, like bathroom decor and wedding decorations. Although as you might expect, mostly I look at recipes. 

All in one pot

Recently, I found myself browsing ‘one-pot’ pasta dishes. The general idea is that you make a liquidy sauce, then chuck in the pasta and possibly some vegetables. Everything cooks in the sauce, in the same pot, hence ‘one-pot’. What could be easier? 

Easy dinners

On any given school night, easy is definitely the right adjective to describe our dinner, so I decided to give the one-pot method a go. Since I’m new to the technique and wanted to maximise the chances of success, I used some star-shaped Israeli giant couscous (ptitim), as they cook quickly and in a known volume of liquid. I’m sure you could use orzo or other small pasta shapes in this recipe for a very similar end result.

Great results!

The sauce was gooey and creamy and extremely tasty, and the giant couscous were just cooked without being mushy. Perfect! As promised, the washing up was minimal! 

I’ll certainly be trying this technique again. Now that I’ve got the basics, perhaps next time I’ll be brave enough to try with ‘big’ pasta shapes, or even spaghetti. I bet you could even finish this off in the oven to create a sort of baked-risotto/pasta-bake hybrid.

If you aren’t concerned about dairy, some grated cheese on top is a yummy addition. Serves 3-4.

Gooey wild mushroom & spinach one-pot pasta - an easy and delicious vegetarian dinner. Cook everything together for a quick, fuss-free meal and very little washing up!

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Gooey wild mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine European, Vegetarian
Keyword mushrooms, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 604kcal
Author Helen


  • 2 medium onions
  • 300 g mixed mushrooms - white, chestnut, oyster, shiitake etc. (10½ oz.)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 ml milk or plant-based alternative (scant ½ cup)
  • 100 ml vegetable stock (scant ½ cup)
  • 150 g giant couscous or similar small pasta such as orzo (approx. 1½ cups)
  • 200 g fresh spinach (7 oz. or approx. 1 bunch)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Grated parmesan or similar hard cheese to serve (optional)


  • Peel the onions and slice finely. Brush any dirt from the mushrooms and slice.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes until soft and starting to brown.
  • Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Pour in the milk and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the giant couscous/orzo, stir well, cover and simmer over a very low heat for 8-10 minutes until the pasta is just cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Place the spinach on top of the pasta mixture, cover and allow to wilt for 1-2 minutes. Stir the spinach in.
  • If the mixture looks slightly dry, moisten with a little extra milk or stock to achieve your desired level of gooeyness. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with the grated parmesan.

Other easy one-pot dinners include wild mushroom baked risotto, roasted vegetable rice pilaf, squash and mushroom cobbler, and aubergine shakshuka.


I’ve linked up with Credit Crunch Munch, hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary and organised by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.


  1. Hi Helen, On Sunday I showed your gooey mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta recipe to my husband. I got home from work yesterday evening to find him cooking it! It was delicious, so thank you for adding a new favourite to our menu. xx

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  3. I’ve not yet got the hang of Pinterest – perhaps that’s a good thing as I’d never have time to cook!

    This recipe will be perfect for us on our caravan adventure. I’m all for one-pot cooking in such a small kitchen 😉 We’re in France at the moment and could buy mixed packs of ‘adventurous’ mushrooms to try so I’ll bookmark for next week’s shopping list. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Stephanie Jane

    • Thanks Stephanie. I hope it works out in your tiny kitchen! French supermarkets are such fun – I love the idea of ‘adventurous’ mushrooms 🙂

  4. Oh yum! This is my sort of comfort food recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing with the Credit Crunch Munch 🙂

  5. I love one pot dishes and traybakes! Easy and less washing up which is a bonus! This looks so comforting and delicious.

  6. This looks delicious. I’m definitely going to be making this soon x

  7. Looks delicious and quite easy to make as well so one for me to try out on the family thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Looks absolutely delicious. So delicious in fact that I might give this a go this evening!

  9. I love pasta and spinach and this recipe marries my two favourite things! R

  10. I haven’t tried the one-pot pasta idea yet but I like your version with, and a perfect weekday meal for the family

  11. LOVE the sound of this. Spinach and Mushrooms are one of my favourite combinations. I’ve never heard of ptitim but love orzo.

    • Thanks – spinach & mushrooms are great together aren’t they?! Yum. Ptitim are sometimes called giant couscous or Israeli couscous. They’re basically like orzo but in slightly different shapes. The ones I used here were little stars, but they come in circles, flowers, hearts, spheres…

  12. I love this dish Helen, I am forever making meals out of spinach and mushrooms so great to have another one to try! Will have to get some of this pasta now! Thanks for linking up to #CreditCrunchMunch;-)

  13. Goodness I think I must have lost at least 6 months browsing through Pinterest. I love one pot meals too – hey anything that cuts down on the washing up is a winner in my book! Love this recipe it looks so comforting and filling. Yum!

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