20 One-Pot Recipes That You Can Make in a Dutch Oven
One-pot meals are simple and efficient ways to get food on the table. And one of our favorite ways to create a delicious dish is in a Dutch oven—consider this our love letter to the vessel. They are available in dozens of hues—stay classic with Le Creuset's "Flame" or make a statement in "Marseille" and "Berry" (from $155, lecreuset.com)—and the enameled cast-iron finish makes them so easy to clean. Plus, their large capacity (up to nine quarts) means they're the perfect piece of cookware for preparing dinner for your whole family or a group of friends. Here, we're sharing our favorite one-pot meals to make in a Dutch oven, such as Coq Au Vin, which is pictured here.
One of the best things about Dutch ovens is that they're safe to use over high-heat and can be put in the oven, too. They're especially great for low-and-slow dishes like stews and braised meats. Try cooking our Classic Beef Stew in a Dutch oven: Start by searing seasoned beef chuck in the heavy-bottomed pot, then add in onions, tomato paste, wine, and vegetables. The whole dish cooks together in one pot for nearly three hours. The best part, aside from its easy cleanup, is the pot's eye-catching and elegant style—you can feel comfortable setting it down on the table and serving the contents straight from the pot. Another one-pot recipe that we love to cook is chili. Our Easy Chile Verde uses pork instead of the traditional beef in this one-pot, Tex-Mex-inspired dish.
Whether you're building your collection of enameled cast iron or you own a Dutch oven that's been passed down for generations, these one-pot recipes are sure to bring you joy in the kitchen.
Classic Beef Stew
A total showstopper, this flavorful chicken dish is a delicious one-pot meal. A duo of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks marinate in a combination of rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, bay leaves, and garlic, then everything simmers together in a Dutch oven.
Easy Chile Verde
Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Bacon
Bacon doesn't just shine in pasta carbonara. It's also a powerhouse in this one-pot pasta dish that's made with broccoli rabe, walnuts, and garlic.
Easy Beef Chili
Pulled BBQ-Chicken Sandwiches
Instead of the usual slow-cooker pulled pork, try this leaner, faster one-pot meal that can be made in a Dutch oven. Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs cook together with ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and lager beer for about an hour until the meat is tender and can be shredded.
Baked Beans with Bacon
Italian Pulled Pork
Instead of traditional barbecue-style pulled pork, this one-pot dish is flavored with a variety of earthy spices such as fennel, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. While this recipe calls for toasting the fennel seeds, feel free to do it right in the Dutch oven so that you don't need to dirty another pan.
Korean Beef Chuck Roast
Normandy-Style Chicken and Leeks with Creme Fraiche
It's the original French comfort food: simmered chicken with hearty vegetables in a rich, silky sauce. A fricassee is halfway between a sauté and a stew. A true classic, this recipe relies on humble ingredients and just one pot: a Dutch oven.
We're calling this the ultimate one-pot Dutch oven recipe. Make this French classic when you want a hearty meal that will feed a crowd.
Arroz Con Pollo
Chicken Breast Poached in Buttermilk
While you may associate this combination of ingredients with buttermilk fried chicken, we're taking it in a whole new direction with this one-pot poaching technique. The chicken is dressed with a sharp sauce made from yogurt, shallots, cornichons, capers, and lemon.
Spiced Beef Stew with Carrots and Chickpeas
The smells of braised beef chuck mixed with berbere seasoning—an Ethiopian spice blend—red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste will be absolutely irresistible. The stew simmers in a Dutch oven for about two and a half hours until the meat is tender and the whole dish releases its aromatic flavor.
One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Swiss Chard
The perfect one-pot weeknight meal, this elevated chicken and rice dish comes together in less than one hour and will feed a family of four. It's also a great excuse to try cooking chicken legs, a more economical cut than breasts or thighs, but just as delicious.