With these four pastas on your side, you’ll never be at a loss for easy family dinner ideas. From rigatoni to cavatappi, Alfredo to primavera, shrimp to beef, these one-pot recipes have something to please most everyone. Get ready to spend less time cooking and cleaning, and more time savoring (the dinner and the compliments). Even picky eaters will be happy!
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Whether it’s date night, family night, or comfort-food-cause-I-wanna night, this one-pot pasta is the only recipe you need. Loaded with ground beef and crushed tomatoes, this easy dinner is creamy and rich, with just a little vodka kick. Top it off with fresh grated Parmesan cheese for a sharp, salty finish.
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This rich pasta is comforting and creamy, with a healthy dose of greens to boot. A union of chicken, broccoli, bacon, cream, cheese, and pasta cooked in a single pot, it’s easy-to-make, easy-to-clean. Use cavatappi, a corkscrew-shaped macaroni, for a fun departure from Alfredo sauce’s more common pairing, fettuccine. This meal is an easy family pleaser and budget-friendly.
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Shrimp Fajita Pasta
Swap tortillas for pasta in this one-pot crowdpleaser. Inspired by the nourishing balance of fajitas, this flavorful pasta pairs shrimp with linguine, sautéed onion and peppers, and pepper Jack cheese. Cumin and chili powder add a hint of heat for a fiesta in your mouth.
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Garlic Chicken Primavera
This colorful one-pot pasta is fast, simple, and satisfying. Let the rigatoni cook while you prep the rest, then set aside the al dente pasta to sauté the garlic, chicken, and veggies—quick-cooked to a tender-crisp finish. Tossed together with grated Parmesan cheese, it’s both balanced and comforting.