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Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner This Week

Raw pasta ingredients in pot
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Often the one thing that dissuades us from cooking a weeknight meal at home is the cleanup. But it doesn't have to be that way, because cleaning up is crazy easy if you only use one dish. So here are eight recipes for one-pot pasta meals -- all you need is a pot, some pasta, and a few key ingredients.

Creamy chicken and vegetable pasta being stirred
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Creamy chicken and vegetable pasta

When everything cooks together in one pot, the consistency is creamy and delicious. This is also a good way to trick yourself into eating more vegetables. Give that a whirl with the recipe here.
 
Key ingredients:

  • Chicken breast
  • Red bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Parmesan cheese
Homemade hamburger helper pasta with ground beef and mushrooms in blue pot
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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Boxed mac 'n' cheese or Hamburger Helper are obviously still delicious, but nostalgia only gets you so far. Step it up a little with this recipe here.
 
Key ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Mushrooms
  • Sour cream
  • Egg noodles
  • Dijon mustard

 

Mexican pasta with sausage

The sauce is similar to salsa, and the sausage and jalapeños add a welcome kick. It all comes together in about 20 minutes. Recipe right here.  
 
Key ingredients:

  • Sausage
  • Jalapeños
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cilantro
Fajita pasta ingredients placed separate within a single pot
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Fajita pasta

This one is a twist on California Pizza Kitchen’s Chicken Tequila Fettuccine. If you want to keep it healthier you could omit the heavy cream. Which is a reasonable thing to do on a Tuesday. Grab the recipe here.
 
Key ingredients:

  • Chicken breast
  • Red/green/yellow peppers
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Jalapeños
Spicy tomato pasta with sausage and crushed tomatoes on white plate
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Spicy tomato pasta

When the temperature drops, heat things up in the kitchen! Try this spicy tomato pasta with chili flakes and sausage then huddle up under some blankets. Stay warm with this recipe.
 
Key ingredients:

  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Chili flakes
  • Sausage
  • Onion
  • Red wine
Mushroom, spinach, and artichoke pasta in pot
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Mushroom, spinach, and artichoke pasta

It's dip in dinner form! This creamy pasta will come together in less than 30 minutes. Get it done here.
 
Key ingredients

  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Artichokes
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
Lasagna cooked in a pot
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One-pot lasagna

No strict layering laws here -- just throw everything in the pot, gently spoon in some ricotta, top with mozzarella, and bake. Try it out here.
 
Key ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Mozzarella
  • Ricotta
  • Tomato sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • Basil

  

Cheesy pasta and sausage

Creamy tomato-basil pasta sauce cooks up right into the pasta in just 20 minutes. Recipe here!
 
Key ingredients:

  • Sausage
  • Basil
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese

 
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Dara Pollak is a freelance writer and recipe creator. She likes her pasta with a side of bacon. Follow her at @theskinnypignyc.