9 Healthy Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven

updated Nov 30, 2023
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While the Dutch oven is perfect for slow-cooking a pork shoulder or braising short ribs, it’s also amazing at churning out wholesome, vegetable-packed dinners that are both comforting and satisfying. These 9 recipes are full of good-for-you ingredients are also happen to be simple enough to pull off on weeknights. That means everything from a chicken noodle soup to braised lentils can be slotted into your meal plan almost immediately.

Dinners for Dutch Oven

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The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup
This one-pot wonder brings chicken soup together with fresh zucchini and carrot noodles for a soothing yet fresh take on the classic.
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Garlic Basil Shrimp Farrotto
An easy recipe for a farro risotto with shrimp, garlic, and fresh basil.
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A Light & Fresh Ginger Broccoli Soup
This 5-ingredient broccoli soup is the polar opposite of broccoli and cheddar soup, but just as crave worthy.
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One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables & Rice
Chicken? Check. Vegetables? Check. All in one pot? Check check. This teriyaki one-pan meal is kid-friendly and easy — what more do you want?
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Braised Chicken, Greens, and Beans

While many braises can take a few hours, this one comes together in under 30 minutes, thanks to canned beans and store-bought chicken broth.

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Mushroom and Barley Soup

This vegetarian soup is pure comfort and warmth. It gets a serious boost of umami flavor, thanks to the dried porcini mushrooms used to enhance the broth.

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Spiced Yellow Dal with Rice (Kitchari)

This comforting vegan dish is full of Indian spices like turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. The leftovers are excellent as well.

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White Rotisserie Chicken Chili

This bean-filled chili is made quick and easy for a weeknight since it calls for store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken yourself.

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Alice Waters' Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup

This wholesome soup comes together with things you may likely already have in your pantry, like a few cans of chickpeas. Just a bit of pancetta or bacon in the broth adds depth of flavor without making this a meat-centric soup.

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