One pot dinner meals are simple the best – especially on those super busy weeknights – when all you want to do is reach for the take-out pizza menu. With the following meals and recipes, there’s only one pot (or pan) to clean up – everything gets cooked in a single pot! And best of all, these ingredients are not complicated – most of them are probably lying around in your pantry and refrigerator. Here are 10 absolutely delicious one-pot dishes to get your out of a bind during those busy days. Seriously, try them even if you’re not busy.
1. Garlic Parmesan Pasta
2. Corn and Potato Chowder
Feeling chilly and lonely on a cold winter night? This chowder will not only warm you up but will satisfy any food cravings you’ve been having all day. This recipe, again from Damn Delicious, calls for the use of a slow cooker but like all one pot recipes, you can just put all the ingredients in a pot, bring it to a boil and then simmer for at least an hour, since it’s a soup. Get the recipe here.
3. Mac and Cheese
I love mac and cheese to the point where I would make it from the Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner boxes. What is normally cooked in various pots and pans (i.e. browning pancetta, making the sauce, baking pans, etc.) can really be done in just one pot – that is what I love about this mac and cheese recipe from Savoury Nothings – everything, I mean everything can be done in one pot and in about 20 minutes. Get the recipe here.
4. Rustic Chicken With Garlic Gravy
A dish with 20 cloves of garlic – need I say more? Get the recipe here.
5. Beef Stew
This ‘Sunday’ Beef Stew from the Foodie Physician is the perfect comfort food to warm you up during a cold winter’s day. This one-pot meal is also packed with rich flavor as well as protein, fiber, iron, Vitamin B12 and zinc. Get the recipe here.
6. Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are the best – you can cook them any way you like and they’ll always turn out soft, juicy and succulent. This foolproof recipe from Reluctant Entertainer calls for only carrots and potatoes as your veggies but really you can use any root vegetables you find in your kitchen – they’ll all stew well. Get the recipe here.
7. Chipotle Black Bean, Rice and Egg Skillet
There’s something about finishing a dish with eggs and runny yolks – they make a dish just a bit more daring and succulent. This dish from Naturally Ella comes together really quickly and easily. Get the recipe here.
8. Beef Curry with Spinach and Cauliflower
You can’t go wrong with this curry dish from Super Golden Bakes– it’s simple, healthy, low-carb and girl, it’s delicious. If you’re not on any low-carb diet, I would certainly pair this dish with some basmati rice. Get the recipe here.
9. Chicken Chorizo Paella
The mother of all one-pot dishes – the Paella. This dish from The Woks of Life may not be take a bit more time than other one-pot dishes (you have to pan-fry some of the ingredients separately before putting them all together) – but hey, that’s where the flavour of layering comes from and that’s classic Paella style. Get the recipe here.
10. Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage Alfredo
This unplanned dish was put together by Morgan at Host The Toast with ingredients she found in her pantry and refrigerator. Just goes to show how creativity in the kitchen goes a long way. Get the recipe here.