15 One-Skillet Dinners for When You Don’t Want to Cook

updated May 1, 2019
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I find that winter makes me more lazy than I’d like to be, thanks to the combination of it getting dark at 5 p.m. and the bitter cold temperatures. After a long day of work, it’s often a struggle to do more than get my comfy pants and slippers on ASAP. When that’s the mood, dinner feels like a struggle. Luckily, these 15 recipes are meant for nights like that, when the only answer is something super simple and satisfying.

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There is no denying that this one-skillet beef and macaroni casserole is serious comfort food. The macaroni cooks right in the pan, so there is no need to boil up a pot of water.

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This well-rounded dish is creamy and risotto-like, thanks to the orzo, which releases its starch into the skillet as it cooks.

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Eggplant parm can be obtainable on the laziest of nights if you just restructure how it’s made. Here, eggplant halves are roasted and then topped with plenty of tomato sauce, cheese, and breadcrumbs instead of being fried.

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Simmering the salmon in a quick cherry tomato sauce not only lends flavor to the fish, but then you’ve also got something to spoon over it before enjoying.

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Roast chicken is made super simple when it’s cooked in pieces in a skillet with the broccoli and bread that make it a meal.

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This riff of lasagna starts with a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, like a can of beans, chicken broth, and lasagna noodles, and comes together in under 30 minutes.

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Since this skillet dinner has enough flavorful liquid, it can be enjoyed as is like a stew or it can be served over cooked rice or pasta.

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The frozen cheese tortellini cooks right in the skillet in this colorful dish and a splash of half-and-half adds just the amount of decadence you crave on a lazy day.

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If you have a jar of salsa tucked in the back of your pantry, you’re one step closer to this easy dinner that tastes a whole lot more labor-intensive than it actually is.

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Lazy days often mean the only energy you have is to make yourself something as simple as a grilled cheese. This one feels a bit more dinner-worthy, thanks to the addition of ham and apple slices.

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This pasta incorporates the best elements of a Philly cheesesteak — the beef, sautéed onions and peppers, and melty cheese — and brings it to one seriously comforting skillet.

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Paella probably seems completely out of the question when you’re feeling lazy, but this one is as simple as can be. Feel free to use frozen shrimp here, if you have it, to make it easier.

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Here’s another skillet meal that incorporates pasta that’s cooked right in the vessel, which could convince you to never boil up a pot of water to cook it in ever again.

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This vegetarian skillet is something that you should make a double batch of since leftovers make for a great lunch.

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Grab that bag of almost-stale tortilla chips and use it to make this super-fast egg dinner that definitely deserves to be topped with sour cream, avocado slices, and chopped scallions.