One-Pot Meal Ideas for Quality Dinners with Less Cleanup
Sometimes you just need a nourishing and delicious meal without having to use multiple pots, pans and dishes. This roundup has some classic dutch oven recipes that benefit from a nice simmer on the stovetop and/or oven (think pot roast and short ribs). But you'll also find quick and easy one-pot recipes such as pasta, soups and even pot pies. So grab your dutch oven or stockpot and let's get cooking!
Why boil your noodles separately when you can make it all together? This one-pot pasta recipe allows your spaghetti noodles to absorb the herb and tomato goodness right from the start. Add a side of bread and you've got a one-pot dinner in less than an hour.
Vegetable-Beef Pot Pie
Spicy Chinese Chicken and Noodles
Meat Lover's Pizza Tot Casserole
Pizza made in one pot? Yes, please! Crunchy potato tots take the place of traditional crust and are presented as a topper instead of a base to hold all the flavors you love in a meaty slice of pizza. If you don't have pizza sauce, we've also got an easy DIY recipe in there.
One-Pot Beef Goulash
Our one-pot recipe for goulash is a cozy dish of beef and noodles in a rich broth. It's got the traditional paprika, but we've also thrown in a special ingredient (cocoa powder!) for added flavor that will have the family asking what you did to make it so delicious.
One-Pot Barbecue Chicken Pot Pie
Here's a new twist on chicken pot pie. We've swapped out the creamy sauce for barbecue sauce in this Dutch oven recipe that starts on the stove and ends in the oven. You can also prepare this delicious one-pot dinner ahead by keeping the filling in an airtight container in the fridge up to three days.
Crustless Denver-Potato Quiche
Za'atar Chicken and Lentils
Za'atar is a spice blend of thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, and sumac, is traditionally used in Middle Eastern cooking. That beautiful mix of spices takes this one-pot chicken recipe from basic to brilliant. Some French green lentils, chopped carrots, and green olives make it a delicious one-pot meal.
Chicken Cheeseburger Shepherd's Pie
Cauliflower-Bacon Shells and Cheese
Beef and Bean Chili
Prepare to spend a cool evening inside with a bowl of this classic one-pot dinner. There are a few jalapeño peppers in this chili for some heat, but they have some oils in them that can burn your skin. Be careful to avoid direct contact with those chile peppers as much as possible.
Creamy Sausage Rigatoni with Peas
One-Pot Pork Cassoulet
One-Pot Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya
Succulent shrimp and tender chicken combine with Cajun spices. Add some veggies and rice and you've got a standout one-pot dinner ready in an hour. If you've got some time, follow the instructions to make this in your slow cooker.
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Lentil and Black Bean Tacos
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Soup
Four-Cheese Butternut Spaghetti Pie
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast
A meaty pot roast might be the most well-known one-pot meal in history. For a twist on the traditional meat-and-potatoes dish, give this succulent coffee-braised version a chance. We've also got a tasty portobello pot roast for anyone needing a meat-free option.
Coconut-Curry Short Ribs
It may take a little longer to braise meats such as short ribs, but trust us: It's a one-pot dinner you have to try. Here the meaty bone-in ribs are packed with a Thai-inspired blend of coconut and curry flavorings for a fork-tender meal you won't regret waiting for.
Make-It-Mine Thai Curry Pot
Mac and Cheese Soup
Traditional mac and cheese is a classic one-pot meal, but this soup is a bit heartier thanks to the addition of cooked ham and peas. It's a comforting meal both kids and adults will enjoy on a cozy night in.
Chickpea Tikka Masala
Instead of ordering takeout tonight, try making this easy Indian-inspired one-pot dinner. Using purchased tikka simmer sauce is a shortcut ingredient that will add the flavor of your favorite Indian spices with ease. Look for it in the Asian or ethnic section of your grocery store.