17 One-Pot Comfort Food Dinners for Cold Nights

Pinch of Yum

When it’s cold outside, we always crave a big pot of something warm bubbling on the stove. What we don’t crave? The inevitable sink full of dirty dishes. That’s where these one-pot dishes come in: warm, comforting classics that will fill you up, then get you back under a blanket and in front of the TV in no time.

mac and cheese
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


One-Pot Mac and Cheese

We promise: You’ll never eat the stuff in the box again.

beef stgoanoff
The Recipe Critic


One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Classic flavors, fewer dishes in the sink.

Pinch of Yum


One-Pot Lasagna

We think of lasagna as an all-day endeavor. This miracle version can be made on a weeknight (without sacrificing any of the saucy, cheesy goodness).

pasta limone
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


One-Pot 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Bonus: We bet you already have all the ingredients for this in your pantry.

chicken chorizo paella
The Woks of Life


Easy Chicken Chorizo Paella

Much cheaper than a plane ticket to Barcelona.

lemon chicken and potatoes
Averie Cooks


One-Pan Honey Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

There’s nothing cozier than the smell of lemony chicken and rosemary-studded potatoes roasting away.

orecchiette ragu
Weeknight Society


One-Pot Orecchiette Ragu

Ready in 30 minutes (but tastes like it's been simmering for hours).

chicken enchilada skillet
A Pinch of Healthy


Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Serve with a big dollop of guacamole (and maybe a margarita, too).

sausage gnocchi tomato soup
Gimme Some Oven


Italian Sausage, Gnocchi and Tomato Soup

Our bellies are warm just thinking about this soup.

chicken parmesan pasta
The Chunky Chef


One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

The more melted cheese, the better.

vegetable coconut curry
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

So much better than takeout.

french onion pasta bake
Half Baked Harvest


One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

We didn’t think there was any way to improve French onion soup. Enter: pasta.

sunday beef stew
The Foodie Physician


Sunday Beef Stew

This takes a few hours, but is almost all hands-off. Plus, it’ll make your house smell amazing.

pasta primavera
Oh My Veggies


One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Proving that comfort food and fresh veggies can go together.

thai style peanut pasta
Apron Strings Blog


One-Pot Thai Style Peanut Pasta

This is sort of a chicken satay/pad Thai mash-up. Yum.

lemon chicken stew
Foodie Crush


Lemon Chicken Stew

We like to start a pot of this as soon as we feel a cold coming on.

short rib bolognese
Cooking For Keeps


One-Pot Short Rib Bolognese

Fancy enough for company, but equally perfect when eaten in sweatpants on the couch.