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.
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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 Courtesy of Damn Delicious
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
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 Courtesy of The Chic Site
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 Courtesy of Life as a Strawberry
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 Courtesy of Damn Delicious
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 Courtesy of Oh, Sweet Basil
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
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.