50+ One-Pot Meals for Easy Weeknight Dinners

updated Jul 24, 2023
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The next time you don’t really feel like cooking or don’t want to deal with a pile of dirty pots and pans after dinner, reach for your trusty Dutch oven or pull out your slow cooker. Why? Because one-pot meals are the answer. Not only do they cut down on active kitchen time, but (more importantly!) they also cut down on cleanup time. Whether you’re looking for an easy and quick pasta dish or the perfect no-effort slow cooker meal, there’s something for you among these 54 recipes.

One-Pot Pastas

Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of pasta? These one-pot pasta recipes help make it so quick and easy.

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One-Pot Spicy Sausage and Tomato Pasta
For such a short ingredient list, this 20-minute pasta dish is bursting with bold flavors, thanks to fire-roasted tomatoes and smoky andouille sausage.
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One-Pan Eggplant Parm Gnocchi
Pan-fried gnocchi joins tender eggplant, melty mozzarella, and marinara in this saucy skillet dinner
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One-Pot Lemon Shrimp Pasta
This one-pot pasta, made with protein-packed shrimp, creamy white beans, and nutrient-dense kale, is a complete meal all-in-one.
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One-Pot Pesto Tortellini with Broccoli
Here, a few smart cooking tricks elevate just 3 ingredients into a spectacular one-pot meal that really, truly wows.
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One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
This vegetarian one-pot pasta, which is made with mostly pantry staples, is ready in 15 minutes flat.
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French Onion Soup One-Pot Pasta
This one-pot pasta boasts all the classic flavors of French onion soup.
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One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta Os

Make everyone around the table excited about dinner with this recipe for pasta and meatballs inspired by spaghetti-os.

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One-Pot Penne All'arrabbiata with Greens
This twist on the classic Italian pasta comes together easily in one pot and features wilted spinach for a feel-good hit of green.
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One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage, Peppers, and Greens
This pasta dinner is mixed with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, and whatever tender greens you have handy, then blanketed with a simple white wine sauce that thickens with a splash of starchy pasta water and a pat of butter.
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One-Pot Creamy Cacio e Pepe Orzo
This creamy, comforting orzo, inspired by the classic Roman pasta dish, is loaded with salty Pecorino cheese and plenty of black pepper. Enjoy it as a side or dollop it with ricotta and call it the main affair.
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One-Pot Eggplant Caponata Pasta
All the tangy, sweet, and savory elements of the classic Sicilian eggplant dish of tomatoes, olives, capers, and more come together in this flavor-packed one-pot pasta.
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Vegetarian One-Pot Meals

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just have a lot of veggies in the fridge to use up, these recipes are great inspiration.

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Baked Risotto with White Beans, Herbs, and Lemon Recipe
While most risottos are weighed down with cheese, this plant-based one is fresh and vibrant, with a crunchy panko topping.
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One-Pot Farro with Carrots and Chickpeas
This quick and easy farro with veggies and beans can play both a wholesome vegan main dish or a satisfying side.
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One-Pot Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Orzo

This creamy orzo is very likely to remind you of risotto, but comes together with a fraction of the time and effort.

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One-Pot Rich Lemon Rice
This vegetarian dish is part risotto, part carbonara. Rich and creamy thanks to eggs and Parmesan, its burst of brightness comes from a squeeze of lemon.
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One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous
This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the main course so that you can focus your attention on it.
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Easy One-Pot Cabbage & White Bean Soup
This recipe ushers in a fresh start for cabbage soup. Let’s celebrate its flavor, color, and the fact that it’s chock-full of healthful vegetables.
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One-Pot Mediterranean Orzo Pasta
This simple orzo dish is packed with fresh and zesty flavors.
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One-Pot Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
Fresh baby spinach and chickpeas, slow-cooked with ginger, garlic, and onion in a creamy coconut milk sauce, finished off with a healthy dash of lemon.
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One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo
This is the kind of dinner you make when you get home late and are greeted by a nearly empty fridge. In less time than it takes to call for takeout, you can grab a few ingredients from the pantry and assemble this comforting one-pot meal.
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One-Pot Slow Cooker Meals

Who doesn’t love the ease of a hands-off meal? These are some of our best slow cooker recipes.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
Here’s a step-by-step recipe for blissfully delicious French onion soup made from start to finish in the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Ginger Chicken Congee
If you’re a savory breakfast-lover, this chicken congee, which takes less than two minutes to throw into the slow cooker, will make you look forward to waking up and facing the day.
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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
This easy slow cooker lasagna soup is everything you love about the classic Italian casserole, but it's so much easier to make.
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
This is a hearty slow cooker chicken stew with white beans, Southwest spices like cumin and coriander, and a few cans of fire-roasted green chilis.
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Slow Cooker Coconut Lentil Curry
This slow cooker coconut lentil curry is seasoned with garam masala & turmeric, laced with tomatoes, & finished with coconut milk for a touch of richness.
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Broccoli Bowls
The superstar slow cooker strikes again with this tasty combination of brown rice, white beans, chicken, and broccoli florets.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Posole
Cook up a giant batch of posole in your slow cooker, and after an all-day simmer you’re in for a dinner packed with warm spices, rich flavors, and meaty shredded chicken.
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mapo Tofu
Typically made with ground pork, this plant-based version swaps in shiitake mushrooms for a lighter dinner option with just as much umami flavor.
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Slow Cooker Hominy Squash Casserole
Here, plump, juicy hominy stars in a cozy slow-cooked casserole. The hominy, Mexican squash, onions, diced tomatoes, oregano, crema, and plenty of cheddar cheese are cooked low and slow until the squash is tender and all the broth is absorbed.
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One-Pot Chicken Recipes

If you’ve got chicken at home, these recipes will help you have dinner on the table in absolutely no time.

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One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
If you’re looking for a comforting one-pot meal that will please the whole family, look no further.
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Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup
Loaded with juicy chicken, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, this quick soup was made with weeknight dinners in mind.
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One-Pot BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls
These saucy, loaded bowls are ready to hit the table in 30 minutes.
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One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken & Rice
This stovetop rice casserole has everything you love about the classic version, but with way more flavor. Plus the leftovers make a great lunch the next day, too.
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Rotisserie Chicken Coconut Curry Soup
Take your chicken noodle soup routine on a trip to Thailand with lime juice, red curry paste, and the creamy richness of coconut milk.
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Chorizo Chicken Chili
A change of pace from a beefy chili, this one-pot meal kicks up the flavor with spicy chorizo and seared chicken thighs.
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One-Pot Creamy Chicken Orzo

This easy orzo dish is pure veggie-packed comfort. Made all in one pot, it tastes like grown-up mac 'n cheese — creamy, cheesy, and packed with good-for-you greens and chicken.

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One-Pot Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pasta
This all-in-one dinner, which starts with smart shortcuts like pre-cooked chicken sausage and marinated artichoke hearts, is ready in 15 minutes.
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One-Pot Beef Recipes

A hearty beef dish on a cold fall night is always a good idea. These recipes are a great place to start.

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One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff
This recipe hits all the same notes of a classic stroganoff, but is decidedly much more weeknight- and budget-friendly.
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Galbi Jjim Recipe

These one-pot Korean braised short ribs nestled with hearty vegetables are the definition of umami-rich winter comfort food.

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Beef Pot Pie

This ultra-comforting meat pie features braised beef, a medley of hearty vegetables, and a top layer of flaky pastry. With one-pot pie comes the added bonus of not having to blind bake the crust.

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Easy One-Pot Beef Goulash
From the sauce-slicked macaroni to the crumbles of ground beef and generous pockets of melted cheddar, one-pot beef goulash is as comforting as it is easy to get on the table.
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One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
With smoky seasoned ground beef, spicy salsa, and gooey cheese, this one-pot pasta dinner is everything you love about the classic ground beef taco without the tortilla.
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One-Pot Zoodles and Meatballs
Using spiralized zucchini and frozen, cooked meatballs means that you can make this twist on spaghetti and meatballs in just one pot and in less than 30 minutes.
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One-Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup
From the tender bell pepper to the ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, this is everything you love about stuffed peppers, in soup form.
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Quick & Easy One-Pot Sloppy Joes
A family dinner classic, these easy sloppy Joes are ideal for any night of the week.
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One-Pot Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
We’ve paired up this classic Chinese-American dish with another takeout staple, fried rice, resulting in a one-pan meal loaded with crisp-tender broccoli, savory ground beef, and fragrant, garlicky rice.
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One-Pot Creamy Beef and Shells
If you grew up loving Hamburger Helper, you're going to love this quick and easy from-scratch version of cheesy beef and shells.
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Easy Skillet Tamale Pie
This family-friendly tamale pie cooks all in one skillet, making for easy prep and clean-up.
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Healthy One-Pot Recipes

On nights when you’re looking for something healthy and filling, these recipes are a must.

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One-Pot Vegetable Jambalaya
This vegetable-heavy jambalaya is faster and just as good, in my opinion, as the Southern original.
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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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One-Pot Mediterranean Shrimp and Rice Pilaf
This vibrant dinner has a little bit of everything: tender rice, protein-packed shrimp, crunchy fresh veggies, and tangy, creamy cheese.
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One-Pot Coconut-Cilantro Rice with Chicken
This 30-minute, one-pot recipe is perfect for nights when you want something warming and tasty without a whole lot of fuss. Store-bought rotisserie chicken keeps the cooking to a minimum, and snow peas and cilantro add a pop of freshness to an otherwise pantry-friendly meal.
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One-Pot Braised Cabbage with Bacon
The South knows the best way to eat cabbage: braised with bacon, made in just one pot, and so satisfying to the body and soul.
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One-Pot Butternut Squash Soup
We upgraded the classic soup with a few key ingredients (like apples and pumpkin puree) that makes it even better than Panera's.
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One-Pot Sausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles
The classic combination of sausage and peppers is tossed with tender zucchini noodles in this easy summery one-pot meal.
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Quick, One-Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry
Use your favorite curry paste as a base for this one-pot weeknight dinner.
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One-Pot Pasta Primavera

This light and buttery pasta primavera is the best way to bring the fresh flavors of spring produce to your table.

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