50 Delicious Dutch Oven Recipes That Will Make You Forget All About a Skillet

updated Jan 2, 2024
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beef stew with carrots and potatoes in a bowl
Credit: Kelli Foster

Dutch ovens are the workhorses of pots. They go from stovetop to oven with ease, making them ideal for braises, soups, stews, and more. Even better, Dutch ovens can be covered to keep foods warm or to transport a hot dish over to a sick friend. Whether you choose a classic cast iron Dutch oven or the ever-popular enameled version, Dutch ovens are easy to clean and can last decades with proper care.

I like to think of the day I brought home a Dutch oven as the day my kitchen changed forever. That may sound dramatic, but seriously — there really is no better pot around. I now cook with my Dutch oven so much that it has a permanent spot on my stove. Rather than getting tucked away after I am done with it, like all my other pots and pans, it stays put because I am almost certain I’ll be reaching for it again the next night.

Want to get hooked like me? Embrace these 50 Dutch oven recipes for soups, stews, braises, pasta, and more.

Dutch Oven Beef Recipes

From classic Beef Bourguignon and beef stew to braised short ribs, these are the essential beef recipes to cook in your Dutch oven.

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Beef Bourguignon
Ultra-tender chunks of beef, seared vegetables, and a rich, velvety red wine sauce make this French stew ultra-cozy.
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Guinness Beef Stew
This stew is simmered low and slow in a Guinness-spiked sauce.
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Beef Tips
Tender pieces of beef slowly braised in a rich and savory gravy.
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Beef Barley Soup
Packed with tons of veggies, a wholesome bowl of beef barley soup is the definition of warmth and comfort.
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Beef Ragù
Whether you toss it with pasta or serve it over creamy polenta, you can't go wrong with this cozy Italian-style meat sauce.
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Cabbage Roll Soup
All the classic flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls stewed together into an easy, filling soup.
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Kentucky Burgoo
A hearty stew made of beef, chicken, and pork, plus, potatoes, corn, lima beans, and okra.
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Root Vegetable Beef Stew with Mushroom and Spinach Polenta

Braised beef in smooth-as-silk gravy make it classic, while the high proportion of root vegetables makes it lighter.

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Braised Beef
For the most tender cut of beef, look to this tried-and-true method.
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Homemade Hamburger Helper
This one-pot casserole channels the nostalgic favorite with ground beef and pasta in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.
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Cola-Braised Short Ribs
In this make-ahead meal, Coca-Cola adds a tangy sweetness while tenderizing the meat.
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One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff
Tender noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms all cooked together in a creamy, comforting sauce.
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Taco Soup
Soup + tacos = one dreamy bowl that rivals even the best chili.
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Beef Daube
This divine beef dish is slowly braised in wine and flavored with spices and herbs.
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Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes

It goes without saying there is no shortage of ways to cook chicken in your Dutch oven. These just happen to be some of our absolute favorites.

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One-Pan Miso Butter Chicken and Cabbage
What it lacks in dirty dishes, this chicken and cabbage dinner more than makes up for with its overload of umami.
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Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère
French onion soup meets ultra-tender braised chicken thighs in this comforting Dutch oven dinner.
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Chicken, Mushroom, and Potato Stew
This flavor-packed chicken stew recipe rivals even the heartiest beef stew.
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Easy Chicken and Dumplings
This version of chicken and dumplings starts with a couple smart shortcuts to make it easy enough to pull off on a weeknight, without skimping on the rich, savory flavor and tender dumplings you expect.
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Whole Chicken Dinner in the Dutch Oven
Your Dutch oven not only roasts the bird well, but it also roasts the side dishes at the same time. Place the chicken on top of a pile of vegetables and let the steady heat of the pot do all the work. That means a comforting chicken dinner is suddenly a possibility any night of the week, and it's a mess-free affair at that.
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Shortcut Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie
This version tastes just like the classic, but leans on smart grocery store buys to make it totally doable on a weeknight. Truly. Everything comes together quickly in a Dutch oven before you drop mounds of homemade cream biscuit dough on top, then slide it into the oven.
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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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Chicken Adobo
The quinessential Filipino dish of chicken and stewed with vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, black peppercorns, and bay leaves.
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Chicken Bog
What makes this dish stand out is its rich and creamy rice.
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Dutch Oven Pasta Recipes

You’ll want to keep this lineup of easy one-pot pasta recipes on repeat.

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One-Pot Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo
A one-pot recipe for creamy orzo pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and plenty of Parmesan cheese.
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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-Pot Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole
This one-pot wonder inspired by Tuna Helper has tuna, tender noodles, and peas cooked together in a creamy sauce.
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One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta Os
Dutch ovens are perfect for making one-pot pasta recipes. This is a great one to get started with because it shows you just how utilitarian a Dutch oven can be. The large size of the pot means you can cook everything — pasta and sauce — all together to make a single dish without feeling like you're cramped for space. Plus you can top the whole dish with cheese and move a Dutch oven to the broiler with ease.
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One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
This certainly isn't your Italian grandmother's pasta puttanesca, but it is one of the easiest versions you'll find.
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One-Pot American Goulash

When you are looking for a dinner that will be a hit with the whole family and can be prepared from start to finish all in the same Dutch oven, look no further than American goulash.

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One-Pot Greek Orzo with Tomatoes, White Beans, and Feta
A hearty Greek-inspired orzo dinner flavored with creamy canned cannellini beans, briny olives, juicy tomatoes, and salty feta.
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One-Pot Corn Pasta
This quick and easy pasta dinner is packed with vegetables and tossed with a light & creamy no-cook sauce.
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One-Pot Creamy Mushroom Pesto Pasta
In this 20-minute vegetarian dinner, vibrant pesto and creamy mascarpone cheese combine to create a silky sauce that clings to the noodles.
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One-Pot Lemon Caper Orzo with Tuna
This one-pot pasta is simple, comforting, bright, and flavorful.
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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 Penne with Creamy Basil-Garlic Sauce
This creamy basil garlic pasta with green vegetables and crispy breadcrumbs is a weeknight dinner crowd-pleaser.
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One-Pot Orzo with Peas and Parmesan
This one-pot dish cooks orzo pasta in flavorful stock and is finished with lemon, peas, and Parmesan for a lighter take on risotto.
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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 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 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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Dutch Oven Vegetarian Recipes

From beans to all sorts of veggies, your Dutch oven can transform them all into a totally irresistible meal.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheesy Crouton Topper
This oven-roasted tomato soup is topped with homemade croutons and cheese, then broiled until the bread is extra crispy and the cheese is melted.
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Tomato Tortellini Soup
This creamy, tangy tomato soup is studded with tender tortellini and comes together in just 20 minutes.
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Ital Stew

Hearty vegetarian stew with pumpkin, split peas, corn, green plantains, and okra.

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Tuscan Bread & Tomato Soup (Ribollita Soup)
An easy, satisfying recipe for Tuscan ribollita soup with white beans, kale, and bread.
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Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew
Like soup, stew is another great fit for the Dutch oven. The heavy weight of the pot allows you to simmer things low and slow for the hours required to result in a deeply flavored stew. It's the only excuse you need to stay in your sweats all Sunday, letting the stew bubble away as you finally finish your book.
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Vegetarian Mushroom Stew
Once you’ve eaten it in a bowl with crusty bread, serve it again atop polenta or as an open-faced sandwich melt once the coconut-tomato broth thickens for an entirely different dinner.
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Snookums’s Okra Soup
Snookums was the nickname given to my great-grandfather.
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Easy French Ratatouille
You'll want to pull out your biggest Dutch oven for this thick and silky French stew made with eggplant, zucchini, sweet peppers, and ripe summer tomatoes.
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Potato Leek Soup

Cassic potato leek soup has all the comforts of cold weather-cooking wrapped into one.

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Vegetarian Chili
Thanks to creamy beans, tender vegetables, and stewed tomatoes, this vegetarian chili provides all the hearty satisfaction of a meat-heavy dish (sans the meat).
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Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup

This cabbage soup takes the traditional version and adds flavor and body with tomato paste, a thorough sauté of vegetables, and creamy white beans.

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