30 One-Pot, 30-Minute Dinner Recipes for Lazy Nights

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Chelsea’s Messy Apron

The dream: Dinner should be delicious, gorgeous, easy to whip up and ideally, end with washing little to no dishes. But before you throw in the dish towel and order takeout, give one of these one-pot, 30-minute dinner recipes a whirl. They’re all this and more.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Throw in the ingredients, heat and serve.

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Joyful Healthy Eats


Easy Mexican Shakshuka

Scrambled eggs? Yawn. Try this spicy baked egg dish instead.

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Life Made Sweeter


Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles

Ready thy spiralizer.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Mac and Cheese

We kind of want to swim around in this cheese sauce.

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Carlsbad Cravings


Italian Chicken and Orzo

Give the penne a rest.

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Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Chicken Penne Pasta with Lightened-Up Parmesan Sauce

Oh penne, we missed you too much.

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Making Thyme For Health


Chicken Chickpea Tikka Masala

Make some garlic butter naan for dipping.

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Jo Cooks


Cheesy Taco Orzo

Grab a big bag of tortilla chips, too.

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Holy Cow Vegan


Curried Spaghetti with Kale

Extra bonus: It’s vegan.

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Carlsbad Cravings


Thai Red Curry Chicken

Chopsticks optional (but highly encouraged).

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Feasting at Home


Mexican Chicken (or Chickpea) Noodle Soup

A few simple swaps makes it vegetarian.

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The Recipe Critic


Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine

Make it once, eat it all week.

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Half Baked Harvest


Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

It’s like pizza and pasta had a really delicious baby.

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Cotter Crunch


Creamy Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits

Is there anything cauli can’t do?

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Sweet Peas and Saffron


Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Beans

Packed with protein (and topped with a sprinkle of Parm).

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Le Crème De La Crumb


Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

Have seconds. (And thirds.)

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A Healthy Life For Me


Paleo Skillet Beef Fajitas

Serve with tortilla chips (or if you want to get really fancy, lettuce wraps).

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Damn Delicious


Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta

The whole family will be requesting this one.

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Carlsbad Cravings


Lemon Garlic Cream Ravioli with Shrimp and Asparagus

Cooking seafood just got a billion times easier.

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Choosing Chia


Vegan Minestrone Soup

Freeze the leftovers for a rainy day.

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Le Crème De La Crumb


Skillet Tuscan Garlic Chicken Tortellini

Close your eyes and you’re in Italy.

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The Recipe Critic


Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

We’re bookmarking this for Sunday dinner.

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My Sugar Free Kitchen


Moroccan Fish Stew

Can you handle the heat?

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Jo Cooks


Beef Stroganoff Soup

A simplified version of an old classic.

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I Heart Naptime


Burrito Bowls

Entering food coma in three, two, one…

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Whole and Heavenly Oven


Parmesan Risotto with Sausage and Kale

All of our favorite foods, combined.

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Flavor the Moments


Pasta E Fagioli

Yeah, we’re gonna need seconds.

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Eazy Peazy Mealz


Beefy Tomato Tortellini Soup

With lots of crusty bread for dipping.

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Life Made Sweeter


Skinny Skillet Lasagna

Giada would approve.

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The Wanderlust Kitchen


Spicy Southern Sausage and Rice

The next best thing to a trip to New Orleans.

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Lindsay Champion

Freelance Editor

From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.
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