10 simple one-pot pasta recipes to for stress-free weeknight dinners

These days, no one has the time to stew over ragu or watch dough rise. In our world, complicated recipes will have to wait for some future weekend.

So one-pot anything is something we can get behind (let’s hear it for less clean up!). But one-pot pasta dishes take it to the next level with their often quick and simple preparations.

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Add these easy pasta dishes to your weeknight dinner rotation, and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

1. One-Pot Wonder Pasta

With fresh basil, garlic, linguine and tomatoes, this dish has all the makings for a simply delicious Italian meal. Garnish with fresh parmesan and enjoy! Get the recipe from What Would Gwyneth Do.

What Would Gwyneth Do

2. Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea One-Pot Pasta

Here’s a meatless one-pot recipe that you can also prep ahead of time. With sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, spinach and fun pasta shapes, this dish looks healthy, tasty and easy. Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

Sweet Peas and Saffron

3. Instant Pot Spaghetti

There are a lot of must-try recipes for an Instant Pot. But here’s an essential spaghetti recipe from that doesn’t require bowls outside of your new favorite gadget’s inner cooking pot. Get the recipe from The Salty Marshmallow.

The Salty Marshmallow

4. One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

This twist on chicken parmesan requires less cleanup than the classic version. The recipe creator mentions ideas for adding some breading crunch to the recipe if you’re missing it. Get the recipe from The Chunky Chef.

The Chunky Chef

5. Healthy One-Pot Enchilada Pasta

This Mexican-Italian crossover dish uses a gluten-free pasta. But we bet it works just as well with standard shells, too. Get the recipe from Peas and Crayons.

Peas and Crayons

6. One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo sauce, blue cheese and cream cheese make for a creamy, flavorful chicken and pasta dish. Get the recipe from Spoonful of Flavor.

Spoonful of Flavor

7. Creamy One-Pot Mac and Cheese

This simple mac and cheese recipe looks like a good one to make over and over, experimenting with different types of cheese. It uses milk, not water, to cook up the macaroni. Get the recipe from Bless This Mess.

Bless This Mess

8. Five-Ingredient, One-Pot Pasta With Chicken Sausage

This short recipe combines chicken sausage, whole wheat penne, bell pepper, mozzarella and store-bought marinara (the creator recommends getting a high-quality one) cooked in an oven-proof skillet. Mix things up and try different vegetables in it. Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen’s.

Kristine's Kitchen

9. One-Pot Pad Thai

Pad Thai cooked in a single skillet looks delicious yet doable with this easy-to-follow recipe. Plus, this is a vegan version made with tofu. Get the recipe from April Golightly

April Golightly

10. Easy And Delicious One-Pot Creamy Chicken And Bacon Pasta

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