One Pot Pasta

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and was very intrigued! A ONE POT pasta dish – with ALL ingredients cooked AT THE SAME TIME and IN THE SAME POT?!?! I just HAD to try it out!


Let me just say: EASIEST AND FASTEST recipe I think I’ve ever made. And tasted great too!

-12 0z linguine
-1 Onion, thinly sliced
-1 Cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
-2 Tablespoons olive oil
-4 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
-2 Sprigs of basil
-4 1/2 Cups of water
-Pinch of salt
-Pinch of pepper
-Parmesan cheese to top after cooked

Combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese in one large skillet or pot. Bring to a boil and keep at a boil for 9- 10 minutes, flipping/stirring the pasta every so often. It’s important to keep the pasta at a boil so all the water evaporates!!  At the end of 9-10 minutes the water should be pretty much evaporated. And TADAA! You’re done! Dig in and top with the parmesan cheese!

This is also an easy dish to add any kind of protein too, such as chicken, steak, pork chops…etc!

This is such a simple recipe with the added bonus of easy clean up! I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


As I Promised…


This is the rice cup I was talking about. The package contains 2 cups of rice. It only needs one minute in the microwave, great for saving time over a stove or to take to work! There are different varieties such as white, brown, jasmine, yellow, and medley.


This is the completed dish! Doesn’t it look scrumptious?! Here I used tilapia and seasoned it with Mrs.  Dash – Lemon pepper.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to comment 🙂

First Post! (YAY!) Along with a recipe!

Hello there!

So if you haven’t already read, I created this blog to capture the crazy adventures I have when it comes to cooking, baking, doing crafts…etc. That is where my blog name comes from as well! “Find Time To Smile” is meant to encourage me (and you!) to smile through any crazy adventures taken, no matter what the setting or how it turns out!

So now on to the recipe.
I was inspired by a friend who posted a picture on Instagram of a delicious looking meal (and healthy might I add!). It was basically a black bean “salad” with a protein (chicken or fish is best). So make your chicken or fish however you’d like. I chose Tilapia because that’s what I had in my freezer. I let it defrost in the fridge and then seasoned it with a little salt, pepper and lemon juice, then off to the toaster oven it went. In the mean time I drained a can of black beans and a can of corn (yellow). I also chopped up a tomato and a slice of onion. I heated up the beans and corn then added the onion/tomato into it along with a few sprinkles of chili powder. Disclaimer: I do NOT like spicy food. I can take a little heat, but not too much; so you may add a few more sprinkles if you’d like. 😉  Now, you can go almost carb free with this or just add some rice like I did for a base. I had a brown rice and quinoa medley “ready to go” rice cup handy so i heated that up as well. Once the rice was cooked, I poured it on the plate topped it with the bean/corn/tomato/onion mixture and then put the fish on the plate. Can I just say, IT WAS DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to have leftovers tonight!

What You Need:
-A protein (fish, chicken, tofu?)
-1 can black beans
-1 can yellow corn
-1 tomato
-1 SLICE of onion
-Rice (Optional)
-A few dashes of chili powder
-Lemon or Lime juice

Cook your protein to your preference. Drain beans and corn. Chop up tomato and slice of onion. Mix beans and corn together, heat (2 minutes). Add chopped tomato and onion and a few sprinkles of chili powder (or to taste preference). Cook rice (if desired). Layer rice, then bean mixture on plate and add protein on top. Sprinkle with some lime or lemon juice and add a little more chili powder and dig in!!

I think I was so excited to try the dish that I forgot to take a picture! When I have my leftovers I will take a picture and post it!

Hope you enjoy!