10 One-Pot Family Dinners That Cost Less Than $10 to Make

updated Aug 8, 2019
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If there’s anything I love more than a recipe with a short ingredient list, it’s a recipe that’s under $10 that feeds a crowd (or leaves me, a party of one, with plenty of leftovers for the week). And so, in the spirit of saving money and eating well, we dipped into the Kitchn archives for some of our top hits that cost less than $10 for all of the ingredients. An added bonus? These family favorites all cook up in one pot, so cleanup is a breeze.

A note on pricingOur costs were calculated based on grocery prices sourced from Instacart, so your local prices may vary. (We also assumed you had a few staple ingredients — like olive oil, salt, and spices — on hand already.)

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1. One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and Meatballs

Change up your spaghetti and meatballs routine with a veggie twist — literally. It won’t be hard to convince your kids to eat zoodles for dinner with a little help from a familiar pairing like meatballs and tomato sauce. (Estimated cost: $8.91)

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2. One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken & Rice

Kick your go-to chicken and rice recipe up a notch by adding Cajun seasonings to this creamy, saucy stovetop casserole that couldn’t be easier to make. (Estimated cost: $9.87)

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3. One-Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

The beauty of one-pot pasta recipes is that the pasta boils directly with the sauce and soaks in all the flavors while it cooks. This veggie-laden dish gets its creaminess from a secret ingredient you probably already have in your fridge: Greek yogurt. (Estimated cost: $9.55)

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4. One-Pot Easy French Ratatouille

There’s no better way to get your family to eat vegetables for dinner than this rustic-style ratatouille recipe that comes together in a single pot. Washing dishes has never been easier. (Estimated cost: $8.61)

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5. One-Pot Weeknight Dirty Rice

Bulk up this flavorful rice recipe with the help of spicy chicken sausage — a great low-budget protein option that you should definitely add to your grocery list. (Estimated cost: $9.96)

6. Southern Braised Cabbage with Bacon

Turn a whole head of cabbage into a bowl full of braised goodness. Everything is better with bacon — even cabbage. (Estimated cost $9.52)

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7. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

You guys, this slow cooker recipe only has two ingredients: chicken breasts and salsa. Pair with anything else you already have in the fridge, like tortillas, shredded cheese, and avocado and you have yourself a mix and match feast. (Estimated cost: $9.72)

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8. One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

Don’t underestimate the humble chickpea. This simple pantry dinner is packed with flavor thanks to a simple garlic, herby tomato sauce. It’s almost like risotto — but way easier since it takes just 15 minutes to make. (Estimated cost: $9.08)

9. One-Pot Cabbage and Sausage Pasta

Hello old friends, cabbage and sausage!!! Keep this recipe in your back pocket because it’s a crowd-pleaser. (Estimated cost: $9.87)

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10. Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies

Okay, I know this technically isn’t cooked in a pot, but it is cooked on a single sheet pan so I’m going to go ahead and say that this yummy veggie-gnocchi recipe counts. Not to mention this sheet-pan method makes gnocchi even tastier than its boiled counterpart because it gets both crispy and al dente at the same time — a crave-worthy combo. (Estimated cost: $9.30)