These 15 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Meals Are Perfect for a Family of Four

These 15 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Meals Are Perfect for a Family of Four

192b4b2e2dd5371bcaa8301841ec50f4d8a6e2bb?auto=compress&w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Sheela Prakash
Oct 18, 2017

Out of all the pots and pans in my kitchen, I reach for my cast iron skillet the most on busy weeknights. Although it deserves a little more TLC than some of my other pots and pans, its ability to maintain a strong, even heat, easily go from stovetop to oven, and fit my entire dinner inside of it make it worth its upkeep.

The standard size of a cast iron skillet — usually about nine or 10 inches — perfectly fits a dinner that can feed a family of four (with maybe even a little extra for leftovers the next day, if you're lucky). These 10 recipes vary in design — from stovetop wonders to oven-baked gems, filled with chicken, pasta, veggies, and everything in between — but they all come together with ease, thanks to that trusty skillet.

Meaty Skillets

Dinners like chicken pot pie and shrimp and chorizo paella might seem farfetched on a busy weeknight, but a trusty cast iron skillet churns them out with ease, making them possible when you and your family crave them most.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Pasta Skillets

Pasta is always a weeknight dinner success, thanks to its ability to satisfy the whole family. These are even more of a win, as they are serious one-pan affairs. The pasta gets cooked right in the skillet with its sauce!

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Vegetarian Skillets

These meatless mains will please all four of you, whether you're vegetarian or not, thanks to the inclusion of things like buttery biscuits and plenty of melty cheese.

Created with Sketch.