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By Megan O. Steintrager

What's better than a hearty bowl of pasta for dinner? Making that pasta dinner in one pot!

And even better? You'll only have one pot — or one slow cooker in the case of some of these tasty recipes — to clean after dinner. Here are 16 one-pot pasta recipes your whole family will enjoy, including a few that are normally pretty labor intensive, like spaghetti and meatballs, transformed into one-pot, low-effort meals.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli, Ham and Parmesan

Chefs need quick and easy weekday dinner ideas just like the rest of us. Tom Colicchio from "Top Chef" shares one of his go-to dinner recipes: pasta with broccoli, ham and cheese — all prepared in one pot. The whole dish takes just 15 minutes to prep from start to finish!

Why settle for one type of pasta Alfredo when you can work three delicious varieties into your dinner repertoire? Whether you go with vegetarian spinach and broccoli, succulent shrimp or tender chicken, you'll always have a winner.

This family pleasing, one-pot pasta dish calls for store-bought ingredients like barbecue sauce, so it's quick and easy to make any night of the week.

Shrimp, like many different types of seafood, cook very quickly so they're a great addition to one-pot dishes like this healthy spaghetti dinner.

Luscious Lazy Slow-Cooker Lasagna

This slow-cooker lasagna is satisfying yet healthy, with lots of good-for-you ingredients including white beans, spinach and mushrooms.

One-Pot Pad Thai

Try this one-pot spin on the classic Thai noodle dish for a healthy and satisfying dinner.

One-Pot Pasta Fagiole

Pasta fagiole (pasta and beans) is a classic, rustic Tuscan dish. Instead of cooking pasta in water, it's cooked in a flavorful stock seasoned with garlic and herbs. The end result is a creamy, stick-to-your ribs meal that also happens to be quite healthy.

Macaroni and cheese is easy to make from scratch ... especially when you use your slow cooker! This recipe gets an extra bit of decadence from that ever-popular add-in: bacon.

You don't have to save spaghetti and meatballs for special occasions — with this easy slow-cooker version, you can enjoy this Italian classic tonight.

Here's another take on one-pot pasta Alfredo from BuzzFeed's Tasty — this time with bacon!

You can make this healthy, one-pot pasta with just a handful of ingredients in about 30 minutes. Now that's what we call a lightening-fast dinner winner!

The elbow macaroni for this gooey baked macaroni and cheese is cooked right in the sauce, for a one-dish dinner that'll bring out the kid in every guest at your table.

Penne with Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil

This recipe couldn't be easier. Just toss cooked pasta with fresh tomatoes, cubed mozzarella, garlic and basil and let the heat from the pasta lightly warm the ingredients and melt the cheese. Yum.

What's the secret to a slow-cooker lasagna with noodles that are tender and not mushy? Start with uncooked, regular lasagna noodles and don't let the Crock-Pot run too long!

Siri's One-Pot Mexican Pasta

Siri Daly shares her recipe for a family favorite: pasta with turkey, squash, taco seasonings and cheese.

Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup

Pasta plays a supporting, not starring, role in this minestrone soup, but that doesn't mean it's not a key element. If you want a more carb-focused meal, up the amounts of cooking liquid and pasta in the recipe.

This article was originally published March 6, 2017.