Our Most Popular One-Pot Dinner Recipes
These 20 recipes are favorites for a reason: They're all one-pot meals that combine streamlined prep with superior taste. Cook one of these winning recipes for dinner tonight.
If there were a popularity contest for one-pot meals, the 20 recipes we've gathered here would all be strong contenders for the crown. You'd probably be hard pressed to settle on just one winner, though, and that's because they're so varied. Simply put, in the world of one-pot cooking, there really is something for every taste and every mood.
For traditional offerings, soups and stews don't disappoint. Some of these one-pot recipes are ready in a half hour or even less, while others take some time to simmer and let the flavor develop, but all are filling, delicious, and true to their one pot descriptions. There are also a trio of pasta dinners where you boil the noodles and cook the vegetables all in one pot—a non-traditional method to be sure, but one that works surprisingly well and leaves you with only one pot to clean (cheers to that). Of course, you likely already know and love our original One-Pan Pasta, pictured here: It's everyone's perennial favorite, but we're also especially fond of our Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach, where creamy goat cheese makes its own sauce, and lemon's fresh brightness makes it pop.
There are also a slew of roasted or skillet meals that combine meats—from a whole chicken to bite-size pieces of chicken and sausage—with vegetables and sometimes rice, too. There are spins on paella and jambalaya, and even a seafood boil that makes for one of the most fun one-pot meals you can make. To round out this stellar collection, there are also some very clever takes on one-pot meals, including two different spins on fried rice, an eggs-on-toast masterpiece, and a savory porridge.
Take these most popular one-pot recipes for a spin one night soon—we think you'll be adding them to your weeknight rotation shortly after.
Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes
Here's a classic roast chicken with vegetables that's truly one and done. The bird is nestled on a bed of fingerling potatoes, carrots, shallots, and fragrant lemons, meaning your entrée and its accompaniments roast completely in one pan.
Japanese Fried Rice
Classic Beef Stew
Aromatic and satisfying, a comforting bowl of beef stew always hits the mark on extra chilly nights. Here, seared pieces of marbled beef simmer away until fall-apart-tender in broth. Punchy aromatics, such as tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, and fire-roasted tomatoes for a subtle smokiness, further enhance the flavor.
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken, sausage, and rice form the base of this hearty one-pot meal, which is bolstered with plenty of thyme, paprika, and oregano.
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
Less is more in this quick, easy, and incredibly satisfying weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.
This beloved Italian soup isn't just hearty and healthy; it's also flexible. You can use whatever you have on hand, so aside from the vegetables listed in this recipe, feel free to swap in yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, or peas.
Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup
Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Peas
Chicken and Brown Rice
Here's a hearty one-pot meal that's perfect for weekend dinners when you have time to let the dish cook. The addition of roasted red peppers and peas makes it reminiscent of paella.
The main ingredient in this good-for-you savory porridge—which is traditional in Ayurvedic cooking—is yellow mung dal, split mung beans that break down and thicken as they cook.
Cabbage Vegetable Soup
Winter vegetables—including cabbage, leeks, and potatoes—come together here in a delicious soup that gets a boost of flavor at the end of cooking from a dash of vinegar and chopped fresh thyme leaves.
To make this one-pan chicken dinner, you dust chicken thighs with flour, which helps them brown and forms a nice crust. It also thickens the sauce at the end. The meat gets super tender as it braises in a broth infused with rosemary, shallots, and pickled peppers (plus a splash of pickling brine for zip).
One-Pot Shrimp Boil with Corn and Potatoes
In addition to being easy to prepare, this shrimp boil is fun to eat, too. You cook the shrimp, corn, and potatoes in a spicy, flavorful broth, which you then use for dipping.
Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach
This is one of the quickest, most efficient suppers on the planet. Creamy goat cheese makes its own sauce, and the fresh brightness of lemon really makes it pop.
Pork Fried Rice
Beef Barley Soup
This soup is comfort in a bowl, bringing together rich beef stock, hearty cubes of beef chuck or round, and deliciously toothsome barley.
Cioppino (Seafood Stew)
You can prepare this impressive and rich-tasting seafood stew ahead of time and finish it just 15 minutes before you're ready to enjoy. All you need to accompany it is a crusty loaf of bread.
Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast
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