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12 ways to take a complicated recipe, put it in a pot, and make it easy
The beauty of the one-pot meal is faster results + less clean up. Try any of these recipes on a weeknight, and you’ll have a comforting homecooked meal without all the hassle:
1. Tomato basil pasta
This recipe is already easy, but it’s even easier when you can make the entire thing in one pot. Think it can’t be done? You can skip draining your pasta, and the water or the broth you are using will absorb the starch from the pasta, mixing together to create a smooth, savory sauce for your dish.
2. Chili mac and cheese
Yes, you can make this chili mac and cheese in only 30 minutes, but it’ll be hard not to cheat and eat this before it’s done. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook up the ground beef until it has browned, along with the onion and garlic, and drain any extra fat. Then, add the chicken broth, beans, tomatoes, and spices. Start a little simmer going and add in your elbow pasta. Add indiscreet amounts of shredded cheddar cheese.
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3. Corn and potato chowder
This is perfect for those moments when you want comfort food made from what’s already in your pantry. It’s also great for when you don’t want to go anywhere during the wintertime. In a stockpot, sauté a sliced onion in some butter at medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the cumin and cook this up for another 2 minutes or so until your whole house smells of the epic meal to come. Read the full recipe here, and try to avoid ruining your appetite with too many taste tests.
4. Zucchini and mushroom pasta
Hit the “easy peasy” button and make this pasta that involves absolutely no pre-cooking of any kind. Cut up the veggies ahead of time — mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, and fresh thyme. In a stock pot at medium-high heat, add your veggies, the spaghetti, and 4 ½ cups of water (or broth). Find out how to finish up this healthy goodness here.
5. Messy lasagna
Usually lasagna takes forever to make, but when you’re feeding a family (or yourself!), it’s better to skip the fancy and get right to the good stuff. Cook the ground beef with garlic and spices at medium-high heat until the beef has browned. Get rid of the extra grease. Add 1/3 of a jar of spaghetti sauce, one layer of lasagna, and continue (spaghetti sauce + layer) until you’re done with the jar. The great thing about this method is that you don’t have to worry if the lasagna breaks. Find out how to put on the finishing touches here.
6. Lemon herb chicken and rice
It takes 30 minutes to make chicken that melts in your mouth. So what are you waiting for? In a big skillet or pan, melt some butter at medium heat. Season your chicken with salt, pepper, and seasoning. Let the chicken brown in butter for a couple of minutes on each side and then let it rest on a plate. Finish up with the full recipe here.
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7. Chicken burrito bowl
Pretty much like a burrito bowl that you would buy anywhere — except you get to make it at home, and you get to eat it faster, and there’s more to go around. Sauté some diced onions in olive oil until soft. Then dice up some chicken, season it, and add it to the pan. Cook this at medium-high heat until it browns. Read the full recipe here, and don’t forget to add lots and lots of cheese, sour cream, and guac.
8. Fajita jicama hash
If you’re really into clean eating, try this paleo recipe, which substitutes jicama (a root vegetable with few carbs) for potatoes. First, spiralize your jicama. You can use a mandoline, a veggie peeler, or a veggie slicer for this. In a pan, melt butter and add your jicama. Toss it around for about 10 minutes until it has cooked down. Continue reading the recipe here; serve with a splash of lime.
9. Lemon shrimp pasta
This brilliant pasta sauce is made with white wine and cream, right in the pan. First, add water (3 ½ cups) and white wine (1 ½ cup) to a pot and bring it to a boil. Add in your pasta and cook for about 20 minutes, until the pasta is done. Add in the zest of a lemon, ¼ cup of lemon juice, and ½ cup of double cream to your pot. Find out how to finish whipping up your delicious dish here.
10. Gnocchi with spinach and chicken
No one will ever have to know that you made this fancy dish in only one pot with the help of everyone’s favorite ingredients: flour, milk and butter. First, get your oven preheated to 425°F. In a deep skillet, melt butter at medium heat, and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour for about 3 minutes until you’ve created a roux. Continue reading the recipe here. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you see the sauce getting all bubbly, and you can tell the gnocchi is ready to eat.
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11. Spicy eggs and potatoes
Woah — eggs, kale, goat cheese, and ancho-chile potatoes, all in one skillet, all for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or a midnight snack. To make this, heat up one tablespoon of oil at medium heat in a large pot. Sauté about ½ a white onion and add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of ancho chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour in your veggie broth and add a can of diced tomatoes. Let that simmer for about 10-15 minutes and then put in a blender to make your sauce nice and smooth. Continue reading the recipe here: Best spicy meal ever.
12. Chicken biscuits
You bake these biscuits on top of the soup so they’re soft and crumbly, right out of the oven. Boil water in a large pot, add potatoes, and cook them down until they are tender. Take out the potatoes and set them aside. At medium to high heat, melt butter and add your veggies. Then, add water and chicken broth and bring to a boil. For 15 minutes, let everything cook at medium heat. Add your milk in and then stir in your flour. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce your heat, and don’t touch it for 10 minutes. Your entire kitchen will feel dreamy at this point. Read the full recipe here.
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