Who’s in the mood for comfort food? This recipe for one-pot rotini pasta is filled with chicken in a quick creamy tomato sauce!

It is rich, hearty, and all cooked in just one pot, perfect for when time is short for cooking and clean up!

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One-Pot Rotini

Busy days and nights call for quick and easy meals and this one fits the bill.

  • Versatile – any leftover meat (chicken is a favorite), any medium pasta
  • Uses ingredients I usually have on hand
  • Takes about 30 minutes start to finish.
  • Only ONE pot is needed, just like this easy ravioli!

ingredients on a baking sheet to make One Pot Rotini Pasta


PASTA Of course we use rotini in this recipe but any medium pasta such as shells or penne will work too. Tri-color rotini makes for a colorful meal.

MEAT We used cooked chicken, but ground chicken, turkey, or sausage will also work well. This is a great recipe for leftover chicken too!

SAUCE The sauce in this dish is full of flavor with both tomatoes and cream, and lots of herbs and spices!

How to Make Rotini Pasta

This easy rotini pasta will be the recipe that’s asked for again and again—it’s that good!

  1. In an oven-proof skillet, cook garlic in oil until fragrant.
  2. Stir in pasta, tomatoes (with juices), water, & tomato paste. Simmer until pasta is extra al dente.

ingredients in the pot to make One Pot Rotini Pasta


  1. Remove from heat & stir in cooked chicken, seasonings, & cream. Simmer until heated through and thickened.
  2. Broil until cheese is melted on the top.

process of adding ingredients to a pot to make One Pot Rotini Pasta

Tips for Perfect Pasta

  • For perfect pasta, avoid overcooking. Stir it in the pot thoroughly so all the pieces are well coated.
  • Pasta will continue to cook as it rests.
  • Place the skillet under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to get the cheese really gooey and browned on top. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil.

More Sauces for Rotini

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One Pot Rotini Pasta

Rotini is cooked in a quick creamy tomato sauce for the perfect one pot meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta or medium pasta
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups water or broth, more if needed
  • 2 cups chicken chopped & cooked (leftover or rotisserie chicken work well)
  • cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 ounce fresh parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 ⅓ cups mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Stir in uncooked pasta, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, seasoning, chili flakes if using, and 2 ½ cups water. Let simmer uncovered until pasta is cooked adding more water if needed, about 11-13 minutes. (You want enough liquid to create a sauce).
  • Stir in chicken and heavy cream. Let simmer an additional 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened and chicken is heated through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley & parmesan cheese. Top with mozzarella cheese and broil until bubbly and lightly browned.


For perfect pasta, avoid overcooking. Stir it in the pot thoroughly so all the pieces are well coated. Pasta will continue to cook as it rests.
Place the skillet under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to get the cheese really gooey and browned on top. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil.
4.86 from 7 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 609 | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1479IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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  1. As i am a vegetarian we don’t eat chicken. but i would love to try your recipe. could you suggest what i can use instead of the chicken?4 stars

  2. This was SO good! I followed the recipe except added 4 stalks chopped asparagus and some chopped kale for some veggies, and 1 cube chicken stock. Everyone loved it! Thanks!

  3. This is really great!!! Eating it as I type this. I had some onion I needed to use up so I started with that and then added the garlic. I also used a little chicken bouillon in the water. It cooked up on time. Thanks so much for a wonderful weeknight dinner!!!

  4. I really wanted to try this recipe, as I was looking for a one pot simple supper, so adapted it slightly to use what I had available. I used a carton of passata (UK) instead of the tomatoes and creme fraiche instead of the heavy cream. I only had fresh chicken breasts, so chopped up a couple, seasoned them, then browned them off right at the start before adding the garlic and continuing with the rest of the recipe. Every plate was cleared and this will certainly be on the menu again in the very near future.

  5. This was super delicious and we all loved it! I’m sure the leftovers will be even better. I used small shell pasta because I was out of rotini and it worked great!