Rose Mary Mogan


The original concept to cook pasta in one dish came from a box of pasta, but the ingredients I chose to use was totally my own. I had never seen or heard of Mountain Dew being used to cook pasta, so I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could create a dish worthy of my husbands approval.

This dish did not disappoint. Cooking everything in one pot is a time saver, plus when you are finished it creates a very impressive looking dish, and taste so delicious. Using fully cooked meat Balls helps also. I wanted to make something easy, tasty and a time saver, this dish was the perfect solution.


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At least 6 servings or more depending on portion size
15 Min
40 Min
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1 lb
thin spaghetti, broken into thirds
2 large
onions, rough chopped
1 large
green bell pepper, rough chopped
8-10 clove
garlic, rough chopped- less if desired
3 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil, or canola
2 lb
fully cooked frozen meat balls
1 can(s)
crushed tomatoes, 28 ounces
1 can(s)
6 ounce tomato paste
2 can(s)
diet mountain dew soda, or 24 ounces
1 jar(s)
24 ounce pasta sauce with mushrooms, or your choice
2 can(s)
diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz. each undrained
1 can(s)
8 ounce undrained sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 c
shredded parmigiano reggiano cheese
2 tsp
dried italian seasoning or oregano
1 tsp
dried sweet basil
chopped green onion tops as garnish if desired
extra shredded cheese for serving if desired
salt & pepper to taste, i didn't need any



  • 1Chop the garlic, onions and green bell pepper into a rough chop, and then add to a very large pot with the extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2Some of the main ingredients to create this delicious pasta dish.
  • 3Saute veggies over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until almost tender.
  • 4Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and frozen meat balls. Allow to cook over medium high heat about 15 minutes.
  • 5Then add in the undrained sliced mushrooms, both cans of Mountain Dew soda, basil and Italian Seasoning, stir to blend together & bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • 6Now add in the broken pasta, and stir to mix together, keeping pasta separated as it cooks. Using a very large spoon, I used a wooden spoon, Stir about every 5 minutes from bottom of pot to the top, carefully separating the pasta each time, as it continues to cook. Will need to cook about 15-20 minutes, or as desired.
  • 7Once pasta is cooked as desired, stir in the freshly shredded cheese, and stir till it is well mixed & melted.
  • 8Add pasta to very large serving dish and top with additional shredded cheese and chopped green onion tops or parsley or fresh shredded leaves if desired, and serve immediately while still hot. Note you can easily cut this recipe in half, I thought I would have lots left over, but barely had enough for the second day.

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Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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