17 Easy One-Pot Recipes to Keep Your Weeknight Dinners Stress-Free

17 Easy One-Pot Recipes to Keep Your Weeknight Dinners Stress-Free

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On a busy weeknight, nothing is extra daunting than the prospect of cooking dinner from scratch (or the clean-up that comes after). Simply the considered having to tug out cooking instruments, toss something collectively, and then take care of post-meal dish obligation is sufficient to have me reaching for the Seamless app. However generally, I additionally desire a wholesome meal and don’t wish to resort to takeout but once more. So subsequent time I’m feeling cooking fatigue, I’ll flip to this useful checklist of straightforward one-pot recipes as a substitute.

Featured picture by Michelle Nash.

And when you assume one-pot recipes are restricted solely to easy soups, you’re in for an actual deal with. We’re stretching the definition of “one-pot” and have expanded to all kinds of main-attraction kitchen instruments. Pans and bowls be part of the streamlined dinner workforce, and fortunately, they’re all right here to make your weeknight kitchen woes disappear.

From pizzas to pasta to veggie-packed dishes, we assure you’ll discover the proper straightforward one-pot recipes for no matter components you’ve readily available. One-pot meals additionally fall below the class of consolation meals, which is simply what you want because the temperatures begin to dip. Get able to settle in with these easy, fast, and scrumptious meals. They’re massive on taste however gentle on prep and clean-up. The perfect state of affairs, when you ask me.

Keep Scrolling for 17 Easy One-Pot Recipes

One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Summer season Veggies & Ricotta

Why we like it: This spin on the basic Italian dish cooks in lightening-fast time. You can too swap in and swap out no matter veggies you’ve readily available. Even frozen greens work superbly. That is summertime cooking at its best—shiny, zesty, and so easy it’s virtually surprising how good it’s.

Hero ingredient: What could possibly be higher than ricotta?

Turmeric Rooster Soup

Why We Love It: Whereas all of us have a delicate, nostalgic spot for the rooster noodle soup that might nurse us again to well being after we had been youthful, this spin is a couple of thousand instances higher. Easy veggies like carrots and celery complement the hearty, scrumptious rooster and soba noodles with out overpowering these staple components.

Hero Ingredient: Turmeric not solely offers this soup its distinctive heat and spice however its sensible shade, too.

One-Pot Summertime Pasta

Why we like it: Easy and engaging, this hearty dinner comes collectively in lower than quarter-hour. It’s stuffed with end-of-summer flavors which can be as comforting and nourishing as they’re scrumptious.

Hero ingredient: The jalapeño chili provides an sudden kick.

Sheet Pan (or Skillet!) Coconut Vegetable Curry

Why We Love It: A bowl of creamy, coconutty, veggie-packed curry is my thought of consolation meals, and whereas this stretches the definition of straightforward one-pot recipes, I’d say cooking every part on a sheet pan is simply as streamlined. And after I say every part, I imply every part—that’s proper, a genius hack helps the rice obtain its signature fluffiness.

Hero Ingredient: Peanut butter lends the proper candy and salty chew to each comforting spoonful.

Loaded Vegetable Kitchari

Why We Love It: In the event you haven’t tried kitchari but, that is your signal to serve it tonight. Kitchari is Indian consolation meals, used extensively in practices like Ayurveda. However as our Meals Editor Suruchi notes, whereas it warms the soul like your favourite mac and cheese, it nourishes the physique as properly. For the uninitiated, Suruchi describes kitchari as being much like “a savory rice and lentil oatmeal.” However in fact, with spices aplenty, it’s a lot extra.

Hero Ingredient: Grated ginger root offers the rice and lentils loads of grounding and heat, spicy taste.


Why We Love It: The North African and Center Jap staple is considered one of my favourite brunch dishes, however makes for an unimaginable (and extremely straightforward) weeknight dinner. Tomatoes get cooked down with jalapeño and garlic and one of the best mix of spices (cumin and paprika) give this dish simply sufficient warmth.

Hero Ingredient: There’s no higher match for a spicy purple sauce than poached eggs. Toast a couple of slices of bread and get to dippin’.

Skillet Eggplant Lasagna

Why We Love It: I don’t keep in mind when it occurred, however lasagna has at all times been my household’s go-to Christmas Eve primary dish (surrounded by loads of sides). And whereas I really like the aplomb and celebration inherent in a multi-layered pasta meal, in terms of weeknight cooking, straightforward one-pot recipes are my decide. When fall comes round, this Skillet Eggplant Lasagna is on my biweekly to-make checklist. It’s cozy (in fact), vegetarian (however nonetheless hearty!), and as Camille says “not the slightest bit nap-inducing.” Can your lasagna do this?

Hero Ingredient: Thick slices of eggplant are the key to creating this lasagna each a vegetarian and meat-lover’s dream dish.

Vegan One Pot Spicy Corn Soup

Why We Love It: I do know what you’re considering: Soup?! In the midst of summer season? However of us, that is the proper transitional meal. It makes essentially the most of candy, in-season corn and pairs the brilliant, colourful veg with loads of shiny and colourful taste to match. Cumin seeds, jalapeño, and a tablespoon of sriracha kick up the warmth—the proper option to lower via the corn’s sweetness. Bonus: This soup shops properly within the fridge or frozen to be loved within the later, cooler months.

Hero Ingredient: In the event you’ve by no means had poblanos earlier than, you’re in for a deal with. They’re much like a inexperienced bell pepper, however with a smidge extra chew. Roasting them on the sheet pan earlier than combining with the opposite components mellows their taste, and the result’s a deeply advanced warmth that takes this soup from good to bowl-lickin’ nice.

Mexican Baked Eggs

Why we like it: As a couple of of the recipes on this checklist show, breakfast for dinner is each a enjoyable twist in your night meal and an effective way to chop down on prep and clean-up time. A mix of bell peppers, kale, pico de gallo, and crumbled cotija give this meal a enjoyable mixture of textures, shade, and taste. Prime with no matter additions you’d like, however we’re followers of the extra creaminess and crunch that sliced avocado and tortilla chips carry to the celebration.

Hero ingredient: Retailer-bought pico de gallo lends a dimension of acidity and warmth to your dish. In fact, you’re at all times welcome to make your individual when you’d like.

Vegan Pesto

Why We Love It: When our Govt Producer, Michelle shared this recipe, our minds had been blown. With pesto, we’ve at all times taken the normal route. Pine nuts, olive oil, basil, and loads of cheese give the sauce richness and physique. However, little did we all know, a plant-based spin isn’t solely potential however maybe much more crave-worthy. On this recipe, spinach helps the basil in giving the pesto its signature inexperienced hue and hemp seeds lend just a little texture (to not point out protein and fiber) to the toasted pine nuts.

Hero Ingredient: The magical secret ingredient that makes this vegan tackle a basic so good? Dietary yeast, y’all. It’s swapped rather than the parmesan to provide this pesto its signature tacky taste. The increase of each protein and vitamin B12 is simply an added bonus.

Spring Rice with Peas and Greens

Why we like it: Whereas rice isn’t recognized to be the muse for essentially the most thrilling meals, right here, it units the tone for a flavorful, however couldn’t-be-simpler dish. That’s proper—three components make this the perfect base for any proteins, further veggies, or add-ins of your alternative. Tremendous inexpensive, extremely fast, and endlessly adaptable. What extra might you need?

Hero ingredient: In terms of the greens, comply with the rules of the season you’re in. This time of yr, I’m all about purslane. In the event you haven’t found the inexperienced but, don’t be turned off by its “weed” moniker. In the event you’re seeking to eat extra sustainably, this can be a nice option to do it!

Easy Mexican Rooster & Rice Soup

Why we like it: Certain, on my greatest days you may catch me getting inventive and bold within the kitchen, however after a full day of labor, my means to increase effort towards something is as little as it will get. Fortunately, straightforward one-pot recipes like this rooster and rice soup exist for a cause. As a result of the components cook dinner collectively in a single pot, the bone-in rooster breasts taste the soup superbly, lending a wealthy depth to each spoonful. It’s scrumptious (in fact), however an unexpectedly easy meal, too. And when chilly season comes round, you’ll be grateful it’s in your again pocket.

Hero ingredient: Just a few sprigs of recent thyme or oregano make for a surprisingly impactful addition.

Summer season Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Burrata, & Basil

Why we like it: When summer season comes round and the temps are at an all-time excessive, the very last thing I need is a heavy bowl of pasta. BUT gentle pasta recipes exist for a cause, and this one’s my favourite. It’s a straightforward, satisfying bowl of consolation meals that’s bursting with taste. The burrata makes it tremendous creamy with out feeling overly heavy and the basil brightens every part up. It’s positive to grow to be considered one of your favourite straightforward one-pot recipes.

Hero ingredient: There’s nothing higher than bursting bites of candy cherry tomatoes.

Pesto Pasta Primavera

Why we like it: This perfect-for-summer recipe comes collectively shortly and simply, with out skimping on taste. Whilst you’re welcome to make use of any mixture of veggies you’d like, in terms of pesto, we’re keen on an all-green shade palette. Asparagus, sugar snap peas, inexperienced onions, frozen peas, and naturally, loads of garlic give this dish not solely a lot of taste and crunch, however helps you meet your every day veggie quota, too.

Hero ingredient: Whereas some pasta recipes can really feel heavy, this primavera tastes deliciously gentle. However I’ve to say that the bites of crumbled goat cheese are a very welcome addition to my plate.

Creamy Vegan Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil

Why we like it: It doesn’t get a lot simpler than this easy recipe. A 15-minute one-pot meal that’s as fast and straightforward because it will get. And although the recipe title calls it out, I can’t however repeat it: vegan! Sure, that’s proper, this pasta’s creaminess comes from essentially the most luxuriously-thick walnut sauce. I’ll by no means not be amazed by what my favourite plant-based staples can do.

Hero ingredient: As a result of this dish leans on the aspect of indulgence in terms of taste, a easy garnish of lemon zest on the finish will brighten up your complete bowl.

Pumpkin Chickpea Curry

Why we like it: This dish is the proper fusion of our favourite fall flavors and conventional Indian delicacies. Scrumptious consolation meals made shortly and utilizing wholesome components like chickpeas, kale, spices, and diced tomatoes. It’s a stunning and straightforward one-pot recipe that’s excellent for a busy weeknight and much more divine as leftovers the following day.

Hero ingredient: In terms of cozy season cooking, pumpkin is at all times the star.

Sluggish Baked Citrus Salmon with Fennel & Herbs

Why we like it: Everybody wants go-to salmon recipe, and Camille swears by this straightforward, principally hands-off strategy. It’s candy and citrusy and ideal served alongside your favourite roasted veggie and a grain. In terms of straightforward one-pot recipes, generally, simplicity is greatest.

Hero ingredient: When fennel is roasted low and sluggish, the result’s a light, anise-like taste that features an fringe of caramelized sweetness. In different phrases, perfection.

What are your favourite straightforward one-pot recipes? Share the hyperlink with us under.

This put up was initially printed on August 27, 2021, and has since been up to date.

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