One-Pot Dinner Recipes

One-pot dinners! Because who wants to wash a bunch of pots and pans? I’m guessing most of us would rather do something else after dinner, so I’ve rounded up a bunch of delicious one-pot meals that won’t leave you with a pile dishes in the sink. Take a browse and I hope you find something new to try!

one pot dinners photo collage.

One Pot Dinners

Whether you’re craving a hearty pasta, a cozy slow-cooked dish or quick and easy dinners made with chicken, beef, or seafood these one-pot dinners are all about making life easier in the kitchen. There’s a so many to choose from – everything from easy weeknight dinners to guest-worthy dishes, too.

overhead photo of one-pan creamy chicken and rice

One-Pan Creamy Chicken and Rice

An old favorite gets a few upgrades! This chicken and rice dish has a creamy Gruyere cheese sauce and fresh broccoli and all of it cooks up in just one pan on the stovetop. It’s a hearty and comforting dinner for two on a chilly night.

One Pot Meals: One Skillet Steak and Spring Vegetables

Steak and Veggies from Platings and Pairings

Juicy flank steak, fresh spring vegetables and a bright mustard mint sauce – this easy skillet dinner is easy enough for a weeknight and totally guest-worthy, too.

baked tortellini

One-Pan Baked Tortellini

This baked tortellini makes good use of simple pantry ingredients and serves four with bread or a salad on the side.

One Pot Meals: Skillet Chicken with Bacon, Caper, and Olive Sauce

Chicken with Bacon, Caper, and Olive Sauce from Coffee and Crayons

Not your average chicken dinner! This skillet chicken has a wonderful combination of flavors – I imagine the smoky rich bacon plays well off the briny capers and olives – and is begging for a side of crusty bread to soak up all the sauce.

a pan of meatball stroganoff.

Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball stroganoff is an easy twist on the classic comfort food dish. Use frozen meatballs to make this really easy and serve the savory sauce and meatballs over egg noodles or rice for a hearty dinner.

vegetable beef soup in a pan.

Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable beef soup loaded with tender potatoes, carrots, fresh green beans and chunks of tender sirloin. This hearty beef soup doesn’t need to simmer for hours since it’s made with tender sirloin instead of a tougher cut that needs a longer cook time.

close-up photo of a pan of beef penne

30 Minute One Pan Beef Penne

This is a hearty beef and pasta dinner that is ready in about 30 minutes and uses just one pan for easy clean-up!

One Pot Meals: Chicken Chasseur

Hunter’s Chicken from What a Girl Eats

Hunter’s Chicken, or Chicken Chasseur, is pure comfort food especially if you serve it with creamy mashed potatoes on the side. You might think this is an all-day kind of recipe, but the chicken cooks in about an hour – perfect for a cozy Sunday supper.

baked penne.

Baked Penne with Meatballs

This baked penne is so easy! Everything, including the pasta, cooks in one pan for the easiest baked pasta. Combine everything in the pan, pop it in the oven, and not long after, you have the best comfort food dinner that’s cozy, hearty, and satisfying.

One Pot Meals: Coconut Curry Shrimp

Coconut Curry Shrimp from Plating Pixels

This lightened-up shrimp curry is a great way to get a lot of good-for-you veggies and tender juicy shrimp in about 30 minutes using just one pan.

One-Pan Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans & Potatoes

Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans & Potatoes

You only need one large pan for this recipe – everything cooks together and when it’s done you have tender chicken with veggies and a flavorful sauce. The recipe is a light dinner for 4, so add some bread on the side to soak up the lemon garlic sauce.

One Pot Meals: Pizza Pasta

Pizza Pasta from Sugar and Soul

For a long time, we only had oven-ready lasagna noodles – you know, the kind you don’t have to boil before assembling a baked pasta dish. Now, there are all sorts of pasta shapes that don’t need to boil on their own, which means you can cook the pasta along with everything else in one pan. This recipe uses no-boil macaroni for a fun twist on pizza that’s done in less than 30 minutes.

One-pan loaded mexican rice with toppings on the side

One-Pan Loaded Mexican Rice

Loaded Mexican rice is like nachos without the chips or a burrito without the tortilla. It’s packed full of veggies, black beans, and chicken and topped with cheese – serve it with the simple guacamole and sour cream on the side.

One Pot Meals: Marsala Chicken Orzo Skillet

Marsala Chicken Orzo from Taste and See

Another chicken dinner idea – classic marsala chicken cooked in a single skillet with orzo. Looks delicious!

Spaghetti bolognese in a large white pan

One-Pan Spaghetti Bolognese with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Spaghetti bolognese goes from a weekend kitchen project to weeknight go-to dinner thanks to a few key shortcuts that help get dinner on the table in less than an hour. Italian sausage and ground beef cook together in a simple short-cut sauce brightened with a pop of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs. It’s hearty and comforting with minimal clean-up.

One Pot Meals: Healthy One Pot Enchilada Pasta Bake

Enchilada Pasta from Peas and Crayons

Is your Taco Tuesday fare getting a little boring? This one pot healthy enchilada pasta is a fun twist on a classic and is packed full of veggies and black beans. Serve with all your favorite toppings like sour cream, fresh cilantro, and cheese.

slow cooker meatballs in homemade sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs don’t need any pre-cooking – just mix, roll, and drop them in the slow cooker with the sauce. These soft and juicy meatballs are freezer-friendly and great for sub sandwiches or served with pasta.

One Pot Meals: Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Gnocchi

Mushroom and Spinach Gnocchi from Salt and Lavendar

Not only is this a one-skillet creamy gnocchi dish, but it only takes 30 minutes – double win! I love easy recipes like this one that looks like something you might order in a restaurant, but you don’t have to go anywhere. You can make this right at home.

a bowl of stew.

Green Chile Chicken Stew

This Green Chile Chicken Stew is packed with flavor and easy to make! Green chile, chicken, and potatoes make a delicious and hearty stew. Plus, it’s ready in about an hour but tastes like it simmered all day.

tortellini primavera.

Tortellini Primavera

Lots of fresh veggies meet pasta in this one-pot tortellini primavera. It’s all tossed with a light and flavorful sauce for a delicious summertime dinner. 

Happy cooking,


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Post updated from the archives. First published in November 2018.


  1. Thanks so much for including my gnocchi! I love one pan dinners… they’re such a weeknight lifesaver. Sharing!

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