We’re fully on board with the one-pot phenomenon here at Kitchn. These low-effort, high-reward meals are always greater than the sum of their parts.
All you have to do is assemble ingredients in one pan — sometimes it’s as simple as throwing them all in, and sometimes you have to do a little strategic sautéing and layering — and wait for the magic to happen. And the best part is that you only have one pan to wash when everything’s said and done.
Need a little inspiration? We asked 10 awesome food bloggers to share their favorite one-pot recipes. Get ready to bookmark them all!
1. Super-Easy One-Pot Lasagna from Pinch of Yum
Making a pan of lasagna can be time-intensive — you’ve got to boil the noodles, make the sauce, assemble it all together, and then bake it in the oven — but this one-pot version streamlines the process. It won’t come out as picture-perfect as a traditional lasagna, but it’s definitely a delicious, weeknight-friendly meal.
2. Simple Coconut Quinoa and Lentil Curry with Lime Mango from Half Baked Harvest
This veggie- and protein-packed curry benefits from cooking all in one pot, as it allows you to layer and build on flavors. The coconut milk lends creaminess, while the quinoa and lentils keep it hearty. And fresh slices of mango and a squeeze of lime juice added at the end bring some much-needed brightness to the dish.
3. One-Pot Sausage Pasta from Two Peas and Their Pod
This recipe in particular is perfect for those hectic weeknights when you need to throw together something substantial, but you’re short on time. Requiring only 30 minutes, this hearty pasta with sausage and cheese is sure to be a family favorite.
4. One-Pot Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi from The Cookie Rookie
This recipe takes shrimp scampi and turns it on its head a bit, swapping in lime for the classic lemon juice and cilantro for the traditional parsley. It’s a Mexican-Italian mash-up that makes perfect sense. Serve this as an appetizer at your next get-together — it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
5. One-Pot Pizza Pasta Bake from Damn Delicious
When the craving for pizza and pasta hits, what do you do? Make this one-pot pizza pasta. With tomato sauce, pasta, mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage, and adorable mini pepperoni slices, this is truly the best of both worlds.
6. One-Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice from RecipeTin Eats
This dish is pretty ingenious. You first sear chicken thighs in the pan to get a nice golden-brown crust on the skin, and then you remove the thighs for a moment to add the rice and chicken broth. Once you’ve added the thighs back on top, you throw the pan in the oven to bake. The rice gets infused with the chicken flavor, and everything comes out perfectly cooked!
7. One-Pot Short Rib Bolognese from Cooking for Keeps
This is one of those meals that takes all day to cook, so maybe bookmark this one for a cozy Sunday at home. It calls for short ribs instead of ground beef, giving the dish an overall richness that sets it apart from your typical bolognese. The other secret ingredient? A Parmesan cheese rind that cooks with the beef mixture low and slow, imparting all its salty flavor into the final dish.
8. One-Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice from Jo Cooks
This recipe calls for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which means you get moist, flavorful meat and crispy skin — a win-win! The rice is added right to the pot, along with sautéed onions and bell peppers, smoked paprika, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth. A garnish of chopped green olives and fresh parsley seal the deal.
9. One-Skillet Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Never choose between chicken enchiladas and pasta again! This recipe has you cook pasta shells right in a skillet with canned tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and chicken stock. You also streamline the process by using a rotisserie chicken here instead of starting out with raw chicken. With corn, black beans, bell pepper, and taco seasoning, this dish is super hearty and flavorful.
10. One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes from Smitten Kitchen
This recipe is a riff on Martha Stewart’s famous one-pan pasta. Instead of linguine, it calls for semi-pearled farro, which gives the final dish great chew and texture. With grape tomatoes and fresh basil, this is the perfect 30-minute meal to make in summer, when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Bring it to a potluck or serve it at home with some grilled chicken on top!
What’s your favorite one-pot meal? Let us know in the comments!