24 One-Pot Vegetarian Meals That Are Savory and Satisfying
Whether it's made in a saucepan, stockpot, or baking dish, there's one thing in common about all of the recipes here: They're all one-pot dinners! We're all for this method of cooking because it typically requires fewer steps and, of course, less mess than most of the dinner recipes we're used to preparing.
Another thing that's a constant with all of these recipes? They're all vegetarian dinners that are consistently delicious. In the dishes ahead sweet potatoes take the place of ground beef in a totally transformative Vegan Sweet Potato Chili and the contrast of creamy, cool avocado slices atop a bowl of spicy vegetables and beans is entirely inspired.
Another vegetarian recipe that falls into the one-pan category is among our most beloved: Our One-Pot Pasta, pictured here, is a low-maintenance dish that's favored by vegetarians and carnivores, alike. Lots of fresh garlic cloves, basil, sliced onions, cherry tomatoes, and red pepper flakes build classic Italian flavor that's guaranteed in every twirl of pasta. Plus, everything cooks together in water, which becomes starchy from the spaghetti and turns into a light, creamy sauce.
Just as simple and family-friendly is our recipe for One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon. Lemon, garlic, and Parmesan cheese perk up penne with their savory, bright flavors and fresh broccoli is key to maintaining a bright green color and crunch (frozen just won't cut it).
We also have several hearty vegetarian soup recipes that can be made in one pot, such as Split-Pea Soup with Spinach and Barley. It's the perfect way to marry fresh vegetables like leeks, carrots, celery, and baby spinach with pantry staples such as dried split peas and vegetable broth. In the same vein is this Vegan Lentil Soup—it's a delicious, super nutritious one-pot dinner.
When you want to make an easy recipe that is guaranteed to delight, try these one-pot vegetarian meals.
Super-Grain Soup with Watercress and Mushrooms
In under one hour, you can create an absolutely delicious, umami-filled bowl of soup with less than 10 ingredients (and most of them are already in your pantry!). Sauté sliced red onions and mushrooms, then add tri-color quinoa and vegetable broth to cook. Serve with watercress and lots of grated Parmesan cheese.
Spring Ragout with Asparagus and Poached Eggs
Egg "Noodle," Broccolini, and Mushroom Stir-Fry
Roasted-Vegetable Couscous Bowl
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
Six ingredients, 25 minutes, and one-pot. Sign us up! Penne and broccoli are tossed with the juice and zest of a lemon, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.
Split-Pea Soup with Spinach and Barley
Take a peek inside your pantry before making this meal. We bet that most of the necessary ingredients—such as barley, dried split peas, and vegetable broth—are already in there. The soup takes a couple of hours to come together, so plan in advance for this hearty vegetarian meal.
Customizable Vegetable Soup
You decide the outcome of this delicious, super healthy soup. Choose your favorite starchy vegetables, quick-cooking vegetables, cooked grains, and chopped leafy greens. Your master creation is best served with Parmesan cheese and herbs.
Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto
Vegan Lentil Soup
We always advocate for keeping dried lentils in your pantry, and this soup is proof as to why it's so smart. French lentils are cooked with shallots, cumin, coriander, and crushed tomatoes, then broccoli rabe is added at the end for color and texture.
Creamy Lemon Pasta with Pistachios
A few things make this pasta dinner extra special: homemade breadcrumbs (trust us, they're worth it), two cups of grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped pistachios and chives for color and crunch. Best of all, the whole dish is ready in 25 minutes!
Brown-Rice Bowl with Kabocha Squash and Shiitakes
Super nourishing and absolutely delicious, this savory rice bowl goes from pot to plate in just 35 minutes. A combination of lapsang souchong tea, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar flavor the broth and create a delicious base for hearty vegetables.
Egg Noodles with Asparagus and Grated Egg Yolks
Vegan Sweet Potato Chili
Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew
Add tender greens like baby kale, spinach, or chard right before serving this robust stew so that they're just wilted. And don't sleep on the garlic-and-sage ciabatta toasts—they're the ideal vehicles for soaking up all that delicious broth.
Crispy Rice Cake with Celery Salad and Avocado
Chilaquiles Egg Bake
Swiss-Fondue Mac and Cheese
Lentil Soup with Crispy Kale
Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs
Eggs are nestled in a delicious mix of garlic-roasted eggplant, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes in this ratatouille-shakshuka hybrid.
Our test kitchen's take on the Ayurvedic savory porridge known as kitchari teams yellow mung dal and basmati rice with all kind of nourishing spices and vegetables. A lively cilantro-coconut chutney is an inspired finishing touch.