20 One-Pot Meals For A Quick & Easy Clean-Up
There is something about the cool weather that makes us want to wrap ourselves in a nubby throw and dive into our favorite comfort food. As much as we love hearty soups, stews and roasts, a sink-full of dirty dishes doesn’t exactly spark joy. That’s why we rounded up 20 one-pot meals to whip up tonight that are both good for the soul and relatively mess-free. Weeknight dinners just got a whole lot easier!
Mexican Chicken & Lime Soup
This spicy soup is the perfect winter warmer, and all the fun comes from the extras dipped in — broken tortilla chips, avocado slices, radish and cilantro — just before serving.
Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken & Lime Soup.
Guinness-Brased Lamb Shanks
This is the ultimate one-pot meal to serve a crowd. Guinness adds a deep richness to the sauce that complements the lamb and transports you to a cozy Irish pub.
Get the recipe for Guinness-Brased Lamb Shanks.
Roast Chicken With Chickpeas, Bitter Greens & Mini Creamer Potatoes
“Roast chicken is – as you can probably guess – my favorite meal,” says hip Toronto restauranteur Cory Vitiello. “Turkey doesn’t always do it for me, but chicken, perfectly cooked and rested, is the most succulent, complete meal. You’ve got the pan drippings from the chicken that’s been spiced with lemon and rosemary… that really is the best smell in the world.”
Get the recipe for Roast Chicken With Chickpeas, Bitter Greens & Mini Creamer Potatoes.
Pumpkin, Chestnut & Chorizo Soup
“From November to February, this is the perfect gut-warming soup,” says Cory. “I’ve done a spin on it for years, with different combinations of ingredients, but this is my favorite version. It’s got spice and it’s got richness from the chestnuts and pumpkin, so when it comes to festive soups, this is the one that always comes to the mind first.”
Get the recipe for Pumpkin, Chestnut & Chorizo Soup.
Pad Kee Mao
This dish has the nickname “drunken noodles” because it’s a favorite after-the-bar late-night snack in Thailand. The combination of sugar, soy and oyster sauce makes a perfect, crave-worthy sauce. This version is vegetarian, but it’s also delicious with sliced beef, chicken or shrimp.
Get the recipe for Pad Kee Mao.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Mushrooms & Chili Paste
Spicy chili paste, savory, rich pancetta and nutty whole wheat spaghetti create layers of complex flavors.
Get the recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Mushrooms & Chili Paste.
Kimchi-Braised Short Ribs
Short ribs are a classic cut to braise. Sear the beef until it’s deep, chocolatey brown before braising. Spoon kimchi and sauce into a bowl and top with short ribs.
Get the recipe for Kimchi-Braised Short Ribs.
Pulled Jackfruit Tacos
Looking for a new meat alternative? Try cooking with the latest hot ingredient: jackfruit. An age-old staple in South Asian cooking, it’s suddenly appearing on menus everywhere. Young, green jackfruit has a neutral taste on its own, but when cooked in something saucy, it soaks up flavors and has the look and texture of shredded meat. Foodies are using the healthy fruit in everything from sandwiches to tacos.
Get the recipe for Pulled Jackfruit Tacos
Northern-Style Green Curry
Curries vary in flavor, depending on their region of origin. This is the style of curry Nuit grew up with in the town of Phrae, in the northern area of Phrae province. If you’re a fan of green curry, you’ll never need takeout again.
Get the recipe for Northern-Style Green Curry.
If you like your eggs with hot sauce or salsa, you’ll love shakshuka. The eggs are half baked, half poached in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with fresh herbs and briny cheese. If you don’t have a 12-inch skillet, use a smaller pan and reduce the number of eggs to four.
Get the recipe for Shakshuka.
Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli In Lemon Cream Sauce
Sounds decadent, right? It is, in the best way. If you don’t want to cook a whole lobster, take a shortcut and buy frozen lobster meat. It’s cooked, shelled and ready to go. Then just grab a few tails for garnish.
Get the recipe for Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli In Lemon Cream Sauce.
This classic Spanish snack is like a denser frittata. Full of potatoes and onions, cooked slowly in olive oil.
Get the recipe for Tortilla Española.
White Wine Clams With Herbs & Grilled Sourdough
“Clams are very festive. As people drop the empty shells into bowls, you hear that happy clicking – it’s the best dinner party sound,” says food entrepreneur Devin Connell. “I love that this dish takes a long time to eat; it encourages conversation. People are often intimidated by clams, but they’re the easiest thing to make.”
Get the recipe for White Wine Clams With Herbs & Grilled Sourdough.
Braising chicken, potatoes and onions in milk adds lip-smacking sweetness to this dish. The flavor is reminiscent of savory scalloped potatoes.
Get the recipe for Milk-Braised Chicken.
Tom Yum Soup
The key to a good Tom Yum Soup is using the freshest ingredients possible and finding the perfect balance of sweet, sour and salty. A mixture of sugar, lime juice and fish sauce is added to taste once the soup is taken off the heat.
Get the recipe for Tom Yum Soup.
Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup
You don’t need to be under the weather to enjoy this delicious, feel-good classic.
Get the recipe for Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup.
It’s hard to believe a cheeseless pizza can be this good. A thin crust topped with olives, capers and anchovies, it’s the perfect pre-dinner pie.
Get the recipe for Roman-Style Puttanesca.
Sweet Corn & Cilantro Steamed Mussels
Prince Edward Island mussels are the eco-superstars of our oceans, which yield more than 50 million pounds a year. They’re also incredibly delicious, fast to cook and loaded with protein, vitamin C, iron, zinc and selenium. You can throw it together in half an hour, and it’s ideal for summer, when the sweet corn and bright cilantro complement the salty mollusk.
Get the recipe for Sweet Corn & Cilantro Steamed Mussels.
Meatballs With Tomato Sauce
“I like to think that meatballs reflect the person who’s making them. So I make them based on how I’m feeling and the ingredients on hand,” says celebrity chef and author David Rocco. “Sometimes you want nice heavy comfort food.”
Get the recipe for Meatballs With Tomato Sauce.