The 30 BEST One Pot Meals

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For many of us, life leaves us too busy to think about cooking big elaborate meals. Fortunately, there’s still a way of making delicious meals without spending half your day preparing and then cleaning up after. Enter: the one-pot meal! 

Using a single pot to cook your meal saves you a lot of time and effort. This means less washing up, and who wouldn’t want that? Whether you just want a quick and easy meal on a weekday, or you’re looking for something to wow your guests with, one-pot meals are the way to go.  

Dust off your old iron skillet, because that’s the only pot you’re going to need. Then check out our list of the 30 BEST one-pot meals and see if something gets your mouth watering!

Cheesy Lemon Chicken Pasta

We thought we’d kick off our list with one of our favorites. This cheesy lemon chicken pasta is as simple as it is delicious. With only a handful of ingredients, you could make this dish in only 15 minutes. This is the perfect dish to impress your guests with, and we guarantee you that they’ll be asking for more! 

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Garlic Tomato Shrimp Pasta

Let’s stick with pasta for now. Even if you’re not a seafood lover, this might be the dish that converts you. By using fresh ingredients, you’ll make a restaurant-quality dish quickly and easily for a fraction of the price.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Switching things up a little, here we have amazing heart broccoli and cheddar soup. This is a beautifully comforting soup, perfect for those cold winter nights.

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Paprika Chicken & Rice Bake 

This mouthwatering paprika chicken and rice bake can be made in as little as 10 minutes. These seasoned chicken thighs are simply delightful when paired with rice and topped with some diced scallion.

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Butternut Squash Pilaf 

This amazing vegetarian meal is as nutritious as it is delicious! Whether you’re vegetarian or not, you’ll love this dish either way.  

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Sausage and Peppers Pasta 

For lovers of Italian cuisine, this dish will satisfy you beyond your expectations. This easy one-pot meal is packed with flavor and spice, yet it’s so quick and easy to make you won’t believe it didn’t take all day to make!

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Chicken Chow Mein 

If you have a little more time to spare to marinate your chicken, then this chow mein one-pot meal is ideal. If you love Chinese food and want to try to make your own at home, then this is the recipe for you. It’s easy to make and full of flavor.

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Ham and Potato Soup

This stunning, creamy ham and potato soup are sure to impress anyone who tries it. Best of all, it’s really easy to make. With this dish, you can pick and choose your ingredients to your taste. More ham? No problem. It’ll turn out great each and every time. 

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Swedish Meatball Pasta 

This tasty and comforting dish can even be frozen and reheated for later. Cook up a batch and treat yourself and your family!

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Pad Thai 

This exotic recipe is simple and moreish. If you love Thai food, why not give this one a try yourself? This dish can easily be made vegan or with eggs. The choice is yours!

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Spinach Chicken Pasta

This dish can be made with dried or fresh pasta. The luscious sauce is sure to please your tastebuds. Made with only a skillet in 30 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. 

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Ground Beef Stroganoff 

This timeless classic is a family favorite for a reason. And the reason is that it’s delicious! It’s also quick and easy to clean up, and super budget-friendly!

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Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

Using a handful of pantry staples, you can make this tasty meal in just minutes. Beautifully seared chicken strips, mixed through a creamy pasta sauce; it’s to die for!

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Bacon Mushroom Risotto

With this decadent dish, the salty bacon pares perfectly with the creamy parmesan cheese and mushrooms.  

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Shrimp and Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo 

This Italian dish is so classy, it’s definitely one to pull out of the bag when trying to impress a date. Shrimp swimming in delicious fettuccine pasta with plenty of garlic and black pepper. Simply stunning!

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Creamy Chicken Bacon Pesto Pasta

This delicious pasta recipe is one of our favorites. Although it is creamy, this recipe does not use any cream. Milk can be used instead, or non-dairy milk for our vegan friends. Pesto has such a great and bold flavor and it pairs especially well with the saltiness of the bacon. Perfect for an evening meal, even if you’re in a hurry to eat. 

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Split Pea Soup

This yummy vegetarian soup is a perfect wintery dish that’ll keep you warm, but it can be enjoyed any time of year. If you’re not vegetarian, why not try adding some leftover ham? Serve this one with fresh bread to really take it to the next level. 

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Lentil Bolognese

This vegetarian version of the classic bolognese is the ideal meal for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Serve over fresh spaghetti and top with parmesan cheese and you have a tasty meal ready in minutes!

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Shrimp Scampi 

This delicious seafood dish is a real one-pot wonder! With fresh jumbo shrimp cooked with mouthwatering garlic and lemon juice, this one is sure to impress.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

You can make this delicious chicken and rice dish in less than 30 minutes! This meal has such a fresh zestiness to it that goes so well with the chicken and rice. Top it with a delicious avocado sauce to bring this dish to the next level. 

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Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

This pasta dish is light yet indulgent, and deliciously creamy. You could make this dish in only 20 minutes, and you and your family will love this scrumptious meal. The chicken and the broccoli provide you with plenty of protein in a tasty, creamy sauce.

If you decide to make this for you and your family, we can bet that they’ll be asking for it again very soon. It’s so easy to make, that it’s sure to become a staple in your house. 

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Chicken Alfredo

This quick and easy chicken alfredo can be made in just a quarter of an hour. Serve this with al dente pasta and you’re onto a winner. Believe us when we say that this chicken alfredo recipe is the antidote to your hunger! It’s light, cheesy, and simply delicious.

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This is cajun comfort food at its finest! This one-pot meal is loaded with veggies and can be personalized to suit your and your family’s tastes. Why not try adding in some fresh shrimp if that’s your thing? This is one of those dishes where you can really customize and add whatever form of protein you like.

Chicken or even Andouille sausage works great in a jambalaya. Regardless of the protein, this dish is packed full of bold, zesty flavors and you’re guaranteed to love it. 

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Pasta Primavera 

This vegetarian pasta primavera recipe is the perfect one-pot pasta dish. Quick and easy to make, with tender asparagus and broccoli florets, it’s light, simple, and healthy! What could be a better springtime meal? 

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

This vegetarian soup recipe is creamy, umami, and flavorful. This is a real family favorite and can be made in batches and frozen for later. The creaminess of this mushroom soup is so incredibly comforting with each mouthful. It pairs perfectly with some nice fresh buttered bread.  

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Chicken, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta

This one-pot meal is a real showstopper, despite it being really quick and easy! With crunchy bacon and succulent seared chicken thighs mixed through a creamy goat’s cheese sauce, how could anyone resist?

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Chilli Con Carne 

Chilli con Carne is a hearty and filling meal that’s also packed full of flavor. It’s also a timeless family favorite. It’s easy to make and it can be frozen for later, so you can cook up a big batch and save any leftovers for another night. Try adding some sour cream and serving it with nachos for an extra flavor punch. 

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Sausage and Butter Bean Stew

This easy-to-make stew uses a few pantry essentials and tastes amazing. This stew is warm and hearty, which lends itself to wintertime. You can add whatever kind of sausage you want, but we like this Merguez lamb sausage stew recipe. It’s deliciously spicy and flavorful.

Try serving this one with some freshly baked bread for dipping. Simply delicious! 

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Vegetarian Minestrone 

This classic soup recipe is the perfect dish for the fall. When you start feeling the weather getting a little colder and the nights getting a little longer, you know it’s minestrone time!

This vegetarian/vegan variant is wonderful and rich in flavor. You can add in a bunch of additional vegetables such as carrots, peppers, spinach, and zucchini. Or all of the above! 

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Crunchy Chicken Ramen Stir Fry

With stir fry, you can always pack in tonnes of vegetables for a tasty, nutritious meal. And this crunchy chicken ramen stir fry is no exception! With this kind of recipe, really anything goes. So make this one your own! Why not add broccoli, bell peppers, or peas? Whatever your heart desires.

This quick one-pot stir fry is so incredibly easy to make and yet it’s a real crowd-pleaser. You could even switch out the chicken for beef, and it’ll be just as delicious. You can make a stir fry like this in as little as 25 minutes, including preparation time.  

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And there you have it! That’s the list of our favorite quick and easy one-pot meals. We’re sure a few of these must have got your stomach rumbling and given you that motivation to get into the kitchen and get cooking. Cooking does not need to be complicated or difficult. Often, simpler is better, right?

And as a bonus, you’ll have hardly any washing up to do after! And hey, if your partner or your kids enjoyed the meal enough, maybe they’ll be compelled to wash up for you! And for that, you are very, very welcome.  

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