6 One Pot Pasta Recipes Kids Love that Make Dinner Easy!

What is not to love about these six one-pot pasta recipes? My kids get a one-dish meal at least several days of the week. It is harder for them to turn down veggies and it makes dinner a quick weeknight meal. Grab a box or container of uncooked pasta, a few other simple ingredients and say no to complicated meal plans!

These easy recipe one pot pasta ideas have been incredibly popular since they were published about 8 years ago here at Kids Activities Blog. We have updated this post with one pan pasta recipes, new tips, tricks and family favorites.

6 one-pot pasta recipes quick and easy - pasta in pasta pot with vegetables like spinach tomatoes peppers and onions
Let’s make one-pot pasta for dinner tonight!

One pot pasta prep is faster as everything just goes into the pot and I get to walk away – most of the recipes take under 15 min to prep, cook, and put onto the table and there is only one dish to wash! I love having less dishes to wash…

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Kid-Friendly Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipes

Here are some of one-pot Pastas that our family drools over. If you have a favorite dish we would love to hear about it in the comments below. Some people may be skeptical about one pan pasta recipes, but I have found that if you don’t overcook the pasta, it works surprisingly well for a quick dinner without the mess of an extra pot.

pot rainbow veggie pasta - veggies in the water with the pasta before cooking
This is literally a dump the ingredients and cook kinda situation!

Rainbow Very Veggie One-Pot Pasta Recipe

This is one of our favorites! It’s a great recipe to use as a go-to on those really busy nights and the results is a really delicious meal.

Cook the veggies in the same water as the pasta cooks.

Want to add meat but don’t have time to cook? Add some shredded rotisserie chicken or a can of chicken. I know cooking chicken would be healthier but this is my “You have 10 min to get supper onto the table” meal. I have also used rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

Rainbow Veggie Pasta Ingredients

  • 3 cups of spinach (or a spinach & fresh basil mixture)
  • 1/2 tub of mushrooms
  • 3 chopped Roma fresh tomatoes (we like big slices, feel free to dice)
  • 1/2 a bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 large handfuls of broccoli crowns
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced or diced
  • Salt
  • 1 box of thin spaghetti or angel hair dry pasta
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Garlic salt, black pepper or your favorite pasta seasoning
  • (Optional) red-pepper flakes {We are in TX, y’all}

How to Make this One Pot Dish

This is super easy to make…don’t laugh at the simplicity of these instructions:

  1. Boil the amount of water the pasta recipe calls for to cook the pasta over high heat – I use a large pot and it takes about a dozen cups water.
  2. Add the vegetables and pasta into salted water.
  3. For best result, cook according to the package cooking time checking to make sure the pasta is al dente.
  4. Strain.
  5. We drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle on some garlic salt and a little black pepper before serving.
  6. Serve!
 enchilada one pot pasta recipe from No 2 Pencil blog - pan with finished recipe shown with black olives on top
This is one of my family’s favorite 1 Pot Pasta dishes!

One-Pot Enchilada Pasta Recipe

No. 2 Pencil‘s Enchilada Pasta is a one pot pasta recipe that is super easy to make!  Go check out the entire recipe to see what all is involved in making this for dinner.  If you have these things on hand, you won’t even have to take a trip to the store:

Want to speed it up? Use pre-cooked meat.  

We buy our ground meat in those huge family logs and then cook it with a chopped up onion. Once it is cooked and cooled, I pour 2 cups of the cooked meat into freezer bags. Having meat already cooked when you are in a rush is such a blessing.

thai 1 pot pasta recipe rom Apron Strings - all ingredients in the one pot before cooking - colorful veggies
This easy 1 pot pasta dish is good because it tastes so different from other pasta recipes!

Peanut Thai One-Pot Pasta Recipe

Apron StringsPeanut Thai Pasta is perfect if you are tired of eating the same thing every week and are NOT allergic to nuts.  My kids love this one and if you feel like you are having a little too much pasta, this is a definite change of taste!

Here is what you will need to make this one pot dish…

I love how the veggies are barely chopped in this recipe. It’s one-pot, “different” – and still loved by kids.

one pot pasta recipe with mushrooms shown in a bowl with silverware
It is crazy how easy and filling this one pot pasta recipe is!

Mushroom One-Pot Pasta Recipe

Our Meatless Monday Mushroom Pasta has only 5 ingredients in one pot and is extremely filling!  This is something that makes our dinner rotation quite frequently.

Shopping List:

  • Sliced Mushrooms
  •  Spinach
  • box of Fettuccine
  • Onion
  • Cream Cheese (optional – replace with Olive Oil)

Ingredients include mushrooms, spinach, onions, pasta, and cream cheese. Just put them all into the same pot and cook.  

It takes roughly 15 min from the time you start accumulating ingredients, till it is on the table.  

We have substituted sour cream for the cream cheese – it is a bit more creamy that way, but not as rich. As well, we used just olive oil for our kids who are dairy-intolerant.

one pot fettucini with lemon chicken from Diethood - shown is the finished one pot with tongs
Yum! This is such a yummy 1 pot pasta recipe!

Lemon Chicken One-Pot Pasta Recipe

Diethood.com‘s amazing Lemon Chicken Fettuccine is delicious! We prefer fettuccine, as it is easier for young kids to get onto their forks and “twirl”. 

This meal tastes like summer, and we have even eaten it cold the next day (put extra oil in it so it doesn’t stick together if you plan on eating the leftovers later). 

If you have these things on hand, you can get cooking…

This is one of those recipes that will become a favorite and you will just crave it!

one pot tex mex pasta from Damn Delicious
1 post pasta recipe highly recommended by Texans!

One-Pot Pasta Recipe Perfect for Texas

Damn DeliciousTex-Mex Pasta is SO tasty. So full of veggies, and if you add some chopped and smashed chipotle peppers, it has just a tiny bit of heat.  

Enough to make my Texan family happy and the kids can eat it without complaining about tingling tongues.

Shopping List: 

We have adapted this recipe a lot, changing the veggies that are in it depending on what is on sale, and happens to be in my fridge.

one pot lasagna recipe from Mama Loves Food shown on plate with one pot next with family servings
I love a good easy lasagna!

One-Pot Lasagna Recipe

Mama Loves Food‘s Lazy Lasagna One Pot Recipe is a little different because that pot is a dutch oven, but I loved this recipe so much I couldn’t leave it out of our favorites list as a bonus 7th recipe! You might even have all the ingredients on hand:

6 easy to make one pot recipes - kid friendly meals - shown are 6 different one pot recipes
Let’s eat a yummy one pot dinner!

More One-Pot and One-Pan Recipes

 Which one pot pasta recipe does your family plan on trying first? Comment below!

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