Look, you’re a busy woman. So some nights—scratch that, many nights—preparing an extravagant dinner and cleaning a hundred dishes just isn’t going to happen. Here, 30 simple one-pot dinners that taste delicious and make cleanup a breeze.
30 One-Pot Dinners That Make Cleanup a Breeze
1. One-pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo
When it comes to comfort food, this dish tops our list. Thankfully, this recipe can bring all its ooey-gooey goodness to the table in 35 minutes. Pass the Parmesan.
4. Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna With Corn And Cherry Tomatoes
Red sauce? We don't know her. Lasagna just got a new look starring three ears of corn, capers and lots of veggies like asparagus and zucchini. The best part? You won't have to spend a single second layering or assembling.
5. One-pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee With Sage
Nonna would be so proud. These crispy chicken thighs come together in a pool of sage-rosemary sauce spiked with bacon, garlic and onion. It's so decadent that you'd never guess there's no heavy cream in it. You can thank egg yolks and lemon juice for that.
6. One Pan Gnocchi, Sun-dried Tomato And White Bean Skillet
Pan-fried gnocchi is one thing we can’t get enough of. This one's loaded with mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and white beans. Did we mention it comes together in less than 30 minutes?
8. Indian Butter Chicken
There's never been a long day this dish couldn't fix. Warm garam masala, cumin, turmeric and ginger make for a uniquely complex tomato-based sauce. The stick-and-a-half of butter doesn't hurt, either. Wanna make it vegetarian? Substitute the chicken for tofu or chickpeas. Prep some basmati rice or toasted naan for serving.
12. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Not only is this soup gorgeous, it's vegan and gluten-free. If you've never cut a butternut squash before, don't panic. Microwave it for three minutes to soften it and make it easier to cut. Or buy pre-cut squash. We won't judge.
13. Cheater’s Skillet Paella
We see a backyard party in your future. And everyone is super impressed with this Spanish centerpiece. If you think chorizo, shrimp and clams are a tall order, think again. All you need is a pot and an oven to pull this off. Now, who wants sangria?
14. One-pot Lemon Garlic Cream Ravioli With Shrimp And Asparagus
Angel hair is so yesterday. We've upgraded this scampi-inspired meal with store-bought cheese ravioli. If you're not sold yet, wait until you try the lemon sauce made with Parmesan and cream cheese.
15. Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken With Baked Rice And Pistachio
Calling all za'atar lovers. It doesn't get easier than cooking your protein, grain and veggie in the same pot. Make a big batch of the Middle Eastern spice blend to keep in a mason jar or shaker. You'll want to put it on everything.
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20. 15-minute Skillet Pepper Steak
Steak and veggies in a soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and crushed red-pepper flakes? Yum. All that in just 15 minutes? Sign us up, stat. Sprinkle with thinly-sliced scallions and sesame seeds and the kids will ask where you ordered in from.
22. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Okay, let's talk about this sauce. Olive oil, almond, lemon juice, garlic, salt and a jar of roasted red peppers. Plug in the blender or food processor, give it a whirl and ta-da. Top with feta and kalamata olives for a briny kick or pepperoncini and red onion for sharpness and spice.
23. Easy One-skillet Sausage And Peppers With Rice
Go from zero to dinner in less than a half-hour. Take the casings off and break up the sausage yourself, or go the easy route with ground sausage.
24. One-pan Roasted Salmon With Potatoes And Romaine
Fish, veggies and potatoes cooked on a single sheet pan is a one-pot meal in our book. Don't let the salmon intimidate you. Seasoned and brushed with butter, the fillets will turn flaky and tender while they roast. And they're just 30 minutes away.
25. One-pan Sausage With Broccoli Rabe And White Beans
Six ingredients + 25 minutes = ridiculously easy dinner. We used mild Italian sausages, but feel free to substitute spicy links if you like it hot.
26. 15-minute Skillet Sesame Chicken With Broccoli
Don't tell your local Chinese restaurant, but you're about to conquer the kids' favorite thing on the menu. This light spin skips the breading and frying, but they won't notice under all that sauce.