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.
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.
- Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
- Weeknight Skillet Paella
- Tuscan Chicken and Mushroom Skillet
- Skillet Chicken Empanada Pie
- Skillet Maple-Mustard Chicken and Broccoli with Vinaigrette
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!
- Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
- Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet
- Southwest Skillet Ragu
- Weeknight Skillet Lasagna
- Turkey & Greens Skillet Pasta
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.