15 Quick and Easy One-Skillet Dinners

updated Jan 3, 2024
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We’d be hard-pressed to think of a meal better-suited to weeknight cooking than a one-skillet dish. These recipes are easy to prep, easy to clean, and can be served directly from the pan they’re cooked in. And though we love our fair share of one-skillet chicken, we’ve expanded the possibilities to include pizza, pot pie, and even lasagna.

Here are quick and easy skillet dinners to remember when you need something delicious, without the mess.

Quick and Easy One-Skillet Dinners

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Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Skillet
With just 4 ingredients and less than 30 minutes, dinner is served.
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Skillet Tortellini with Chorizo and Asparagus
A one-pan dinner of cheese tortellini tossed with tender asparagus and smoky Spanish chorizo.
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Weeknight Orzo Paella
An easy recipe for a skillet shrimp and orzo dinner inspired by Spanish paella.
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Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Chicken thighs braise quickly in a sauce made with two kinds of mustard and just a touch of cream.
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Saucy Skillet Salmon

We knew you’d fall in love with this dish’s herby tomato sauce, so we planned ahead and included couscous in the recipe. The couscous soaks up every last drop, so none of the deliciousness goes to waste.

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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken
This creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken skillet is inspired by cream of mushroom soup, and comes together in 30 minutes.
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One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops
Pork chops are simmered in chunky salsa that's punched up with a splash of balsamic, so each bite is just the right balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy.
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Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Yes, it’s possible to make lasagna without turning on the oven. Tender noodles cook directly in the savory sausage and mushroom sauce, and three types of cheeses bind the dish together.

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Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

When a craving hits for chicken pot pie, nothing else will do. Luckily, this skillet recipe means you won’t have to wait long to dig in. After cooking the filling in the skillet, it’s topped with crust and finished in the oven.

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Easy Skillet Meatloaf
A savory mixture of beef and pork flavored with slowly browned onion and pressed into a cast iron skillet and brushed with a sticky barbecue glaze.
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Chicken Saltimbocca with Spinach and Potatoes

This is officially the dish chicken breasts have been waiting for. Crispy potato rounds and garlicky spinach combine to form the base for herbed chicken covered in prosciutto and melty cheese.

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Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet
Meet your new dinner favorite — a one-pot pasta riff on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
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Skillet Mac and Cheese

One step above the boxed variety but so much easier than the traditional baked version, this 10-ingredient skillet mac and cheese is ideal for busy nights. Don’t skip the buttery breadcrumbs, which add a satisfying crunch.

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Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes

Juicy, blistered tomatoes and fresh basil star in this four-ingredient dinner, which will be on the table in 15 minutes. We won’t tell if you make this multiple nights in a row.

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4-Ingredient Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet
This one-pan dinner comes together in just 30 minutes — and packs in a ton of flavor.
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