27 One-Pot Pasta Recipes for Lazy Nights

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Some nights, you want to spend three hours cooking dinner from scratch. But on a busy weeknight? Yeah, not happening. So we have the perfect solution: one-pot pasta recipes. You basically throw everything together into the same pot and boil. Prego—dinner’s ready in no time, and you don’t have to deal with a zillion dirty dishes.

1. 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Don’t worry: You already have most of this stuff in your pantry.

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

The meatballs are made in the same pot as the pasta. Bye, dirty dishes.

3. One-Pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo

The pasta’s starch naturally creates a creamy sauce. So creamy, in fact, that skim milk won't water it down at all.

4. Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

A timeless classic that's always good to have in your back pocket. It'll be ready in an hour.

5. Skinny Pasta Primavera

Half pasta, half veggies and topped with creamy almond milk sauce.

6. Cheater's Skillet Lasagna with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Get all the cheesy goodness you're craving in just 35 minutes, no layering required.

7. Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

No sautéing necessary.

8. Vegan Eggplant-Cremini Pasta

Full of good-for-you veggies and fresh herbs.

9. Pasta with Vegetables

Peas + marinated artichoke hearts + pecorino + mint = heaven.

10. Mac and Cheese

Cut your time in half by boiling the pasta in milk. Brilliant.

11. Spaghetti with Parmesan and Andouille Sausage

It takes just five minutes to prep.

12. Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine

Ready in just 30 minutes. Can we get a “hallelujah”?

13. One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Just think of this as a creamy alfredo, minus the heavy cream and cream cheese.

14. One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

The sauce and pasta cook together in the same pot. We'll see you in 20.

15. One-Pot Orecchiette Ragu

Eight ingredients. One hour. Lots of dino kale and Italian sausage.

16. Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil

You'll be the star of the barbecue when you set this on the patio table.

17. One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

Your favorite soup in rigatoni form, complete with heavy cream and Gruyère.

18. Easy One-Pot Lasagna

Forget burying ricotta under layers of pasta. We'll take a big dollop right on top.

19. Lemon Garlic Cream Ravioli with Shrimp and Asparagus

A carb, veggie and protein, all cooked together in 30. Ta-da.

20. Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

In case you needed an excuse to show off your farmers market haul.

21. One-Pot Asparagus Mascarpone Pasta

A lemony gem with allllll the mascarpone and Pecorino. Our forks are ready.

22. One-Pot Pasta with Chicken

Pasta without waiting for water to boil? We're there.

23. Lemon, Basil, Asparagus and Sausage Pasta

Hello, spring. We'll meet you on the deck with a bottle of pinot grigio.

24. Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Pasta

It's vegetarian, but you could substitute chickpeas for chicken or salmon.

25. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

A cheesy casserole in just 30 minutes? The secret is frozen chicken fingers.

26. Pasta with Peas and Bacon

You can thank plain yogurt and lemon juice for the creamy sauce.

27. Beef and Bowtie Soup

The pasta cooks right in the broth, so you'll be at the table in 30 minutes or less.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...