34 One-Pot Meals Just Right for Dinner Tonight
Whether you make dinner in a Dutch oven, a skillet, Instant Pot, or a sheet pan, you'll love these one-pot recipes that make a weeknight meal deliciously doable and keep clean-up to a minimum. Our test kitchen has developed and tested a broad range of creative one-pot, pan, or sheet recipes using chicken, salmon, beef, and other family-favorite proteins. Our vegetarian options are crowd-pleasers the entire family will love like Baked Butternut Squash Risotto and Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew, the beans are creamy and the greens mild.
Here you'll find stovetop one-pot dinners as well as recipes that let the oven do the work, plus a couple of multicooker recipes—after all, this type of hearty one-pot dinner is a most excellent use of the Instant Pot. Of course, we've included our most famous one-pot meal: One-Pan Pasta is based on a recipe one of our food editors enjoyed while traveling in Puglia, Italy. Back in the test kitchen, she made the dish for her fellow cooks and, the rest is history. The recipe has been an internet sensation ever since. Dry pasta cooks in a skillet, not the usual large pot, along with the other ingredients, for maximum flavor and ease.
If you're new to one-pot cooking, know that beyond the rich selection of dinner recipes here we also have collections of healthy one-pot meals, vegetarian one-pot meals, one-pot meals made for summer, and a collection devoted to chicken one-pot recipes.
Are you feeling full yet? If you're really into the one-pot genre, might we suggest you take it to its logical conclusion: Finish off a one-skillet meal with a One-Bowl Baking Wonder Recipe from our collection of easy-going cakes and cookies.
Make this slideshow your go-to source for dinner recipes that are delicious, family friendly, and easy on the cook. We call that a win-win-win!
Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo
Easy Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes and Pernod
Pork, Mushroom, and Artichoke Fricassee
Garlic, Dijon mustard, and cream amp up the pan sauce for this succulent pork-and-vegetable sauté.
Yes, you can make this takeout classic at home! It's as easy as stir-frying noodles, vegetables, and chicken. Serve immediately so the noodles stay nice and crispy.
At a tiny restaurant in the Puglia region of Italy, we saw a chef place dried pasta in a skillet with water, tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, and a glug of extra-virgin olive oil, and then cook everything together. It has been one of our "back pocket" recipes ever since: Once the water has boiled away, you are left with perfectly al dente pasta in a creamy sauce that coats every strand.
Korean Beef Chuck Roast
Give traditional pot roast a Korean twist by slow cooking beef chuck with gochujang (Korean pepper paste), mirin (sweet rice wine), sake, and plenty of garlic and ginger. Carrots and shiitake mushrooms complete the dish. Serve with rice or transform into quick Korean Beef Tacos.
Arroz con Pollo
The traditional Spanish chicken and rice casserole gets its distinctive flavor from white wine, saffron, and pimiento-stuffed green olives. Nestle seared chicken thighs into the seasoned rice and cook everything together on the stovetop.
Spicy Peanut Chicken
Boneless chicken thighs and broccolini, both coated in a chili-spiked peanut sauce, emerge deliciously caramelized after just 10 minutes under the broiler.
Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes
This skillet of sausage, scallions, and tomatoes surrounded by oven-puffed savory pudding was inspired by the English dish toad-in-a-hole.
Salmon, Red Cabbage, and New Potatoes
Salmon coated in grainy mustard is nestled between red cabbage and new potatoes for a healthy and easy weeknight meal.
Seafood Orzo Risotto
The secret to the perfectly cooked seafood in this paella-like pasta dish? Adding the mussels, shrimp, squid, cockles, and fish to the pot at different times.
Pork and Plums
Thin pork tenderloin is sautéed with ripe plums, red onions, and a splash of vinegar for a warming meal with only one pan to clean!
Irish Beef and Stout Stew
Cubes of beef chuck become melt-in-your-mouth tender when braised with Irish stout beer and tomato paste. This dish freezes well: Simply pack the cooled stew into plastic containers and store for up to three months.
Pressure-Cooker Chile Verde
Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna
Canned plum tomatoes and fresh garlic make an easy, flavorful marinara sauce. Baking the lasagna in the same skillet used to simmer the tomato sauce makes this pasta dish extra quick to whip up.
Black Beans and Sausage
Canned black beans and kielbasa (or any other smoked sausage you choose) make a hearty meal. Top each portion of stew with chopped parsley and a dollop of plain yogurt. This quick weeknight meal is ready in 40 minutes.
Better known as coq au vin, this rustic French chicken stew gets its richness from bacon and red wine. Serve with crusty bread or buttered noodles.
Butternut Squash Baked Risotto
Butternut squash and kale cook along with short-grain Arborio rice, making this risotto extra hearty and sweet. After sautéing for a few minutes on the stove, this dish goes into the oven—unlike most risottos, there's no need to stand and stir!
Chicken and Brown Rice
Roasted red peppers and frozen peas add color and sweetness to this chicken and rice casserole. You can speed up the cooking time by first soaking the brown rice in water all day.
Beer-Braised Sausages with Warm Potato Salad
Pale ale makes a flavorful braising liquid for sweet Italian sausages and red potatoes. Make a quick sauce of olive oil, red-wine vinegar, and parsley to drizzle over the potatoes.
Chicken and Dumplings
Steam dill-flecked dumplings over a stew of chicken thighs, carrots, and peas. No need to spend all day in the kitchen—this down-home favorite is ready in an hour.
You can make this beef stew in the oven or slow cooker. Either way, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal.
Try this spicy shrimp and rice dish—a New Orleans favorite—for a simple dinner for family or friends. If you prefer a milder smoked sausage, use chorizo or kielbasa in place of the traditional Cajun andouille.
Skillet Cod with Bulgur, Zucchini, and Tomatoes
Braised Pork and Cabbage
Coleslaw mix—a combination of shredded cabbage and carrots, available in the produce section of most supermarkets—is a great time-saver in this hearty pork chop recipe. Caraway seeds and cider vinegar give it a nice punch.
Spicy Mussels and Chorizo
Sweet, plump mussels are steamed in a sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and wine; chorizo, a Spanish sausage, adds extra heat.
Spicy Coconut-Chicken Casserole
Thai red curry paste and light coconut milk lend an exotic twist to chicken casserole. In addition to red bell peppers and green beans, you could also add eggplant, zucchini, or carrots.
Shrimp Boil with Corn and Potatoes
Make your own spice packet for this New Orleans-style shrimp boil by tying up allspice berries, bay leaves, and coriander, mustard, and dill seeds in a square of cheesecloth. Serve this dinner-party dish with lots of melted butter spiked with hot sauce.
Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew
A hearty, comforting, and totally delicious bean stew. Tender greens, like baby kale, spinach, or chard, are added right before serving 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.
This easy version of the Spanish favorite combines chicken, sausage, and shrimp with long-grain rice, peas, and canned tomatoes. Saffron, which usually gives paella its brilliant yellow-orange hue, is replaced here by budget-friendly turmeric. This party-friendly dish can be made ahead and reheated.