10 Dinners You Can Make With Just One Pot

Shorter days mean simple dinners. To give you inspiration, we put together a list of 10 dinners you can make with just one pot.

Some days, washing just one more dish than you have to can feel insurmountable. Pots and pans take up a ton of room in the sink or dishwasher, and the one you need is never clean when it comes time to cook again. These one-pot meals can save your sanity and free up time for all the other activities you could be doing this evening.

From family favorites to classic comfort food, there's something for everyone in this roundup of one pot wonders! They're perfect for meal prepping over the weekend, so you'll have a hearty meal ready for fast weeknight dinners.

Chicken, Kale, and Chickpea Skillet

This easy chicken dish is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your meal without compromising on flavor. Golden-crusted chicken combined with chickpeas, a variety of vegetables, and finely-grated parmesan make up this healthy, protein-packed skillet meal. Thanks to the perfect ratio of meat, vegetables, and pasta, there's no need for any extra side dishes.

Chicken, Kale, and Chickpea Skillet Meal from How Sweet It Is

Skillet Lasagna

Enjoy everything about lasagna from the skillet! Classic ingredients make up this dish: creamy ricotta and fresh basil, plus sweet Italian sausage, bowtie pasta, and red pepper flakes. Layer it all in your cast iron skillet before baking, and you're just 10 minutes away from a delicious dinner. It's perfect for a cozy winter night or Sunday family dinner!

Skillet Lasagna from Baked Bree

Skillet Lasagna by Baked Bree

Cheesy Chicken And Rice Skillet With Bacon

This one-pot chicken dinner is a favorite among kids and adults alike. You likely already have most of the ingredients in your pantry — just add chicken breast, cheese, and bacon and you're good to go. Use the broiler to get a golden brown top and melty cheese. You can use rotisserie chicken to save on cooking time, and feel free to add in chopped vegetables for a boost of nutrients!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet with Bacon from Picky Palate

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet by Picky Palate

Poulet's One-Pot Coconut Chicken Over Jasmine Rice

To make this recipe, simmer a whole chicken and a variety of vegetables in coconut milk, allowing them to soak up all the wonderful Thai flavors. This produces incredibly tender chicken plus a spoon-worthy sauce. You'll be done in just about 45 minutes, 30 of which is hands-off simmering time. Put your own spin on the recipe by adding more fish sauce for an extra punch of umami and salt, or mix up the vegetables by using carrots, kale, or sweet potatoes. Serve with fluffy jasmine rice, fresh mint, and cilantro to complete the dish.

Poulet's One-Pot Coconut Chicken over Jasmine Rice from Serious Eats

Poulet's One-Pot Coconut Chicken over Jasmine Rice by Serious Eats

One Pot Delicious Pasta With Creamy Rosee Sauce

Trade traditional marinara sauce for this silky sauce. This one-pot dish calls for meatballs made from ground beef, but you can easily use ground turkey or chicken instead. You even get in your daily dose of greens with a serving of spinach! Let the sauce simmer for a while to allow the flavors to intensify, then top with fresh parmesan and dinner is served.

One Pot Delicious Pasta with Creamy Rosee Sauce from I Adore Food

One Pot Delicious Pasta with Creamy Rosee Sauce by I Adore Food

Skillet Chicken With Potatoes & Haricot Vert

Unfussy yet elegant, this recipe is easy to make but results in big flavor. Just a bit of prep time is required to season the chicken, cube the potatoes, and prepare the green beans. Then all you need to do is assemble the ingredients in a skillet, turn the flame to low heat, and let the stovetop do its magic! The white wine/chicken-stock reduction leaves the chicken incredibly moist. You can substitute sweet potato or butternut squash for the baby red potatoes if you prefer.

Skillet Chicken with Potatoes & Haricot Vert from The Naptime Chef

Skillet Chicken with Potatoes & Haricot Vert by The Naptime Chef

Skillet Pesto Pasta With Shrimp And Pine Nuts

This light and fresh skillet dinner combines shrimp, pesto, and cherry tomatoes over linguine. This makes a great al-fresco dinner on a warm summer evening. To cut down cooking time, you can use store-bought pesto. Feel free to swap the shrimp for chicken, or make it a vegetarian meal. Save some of the pasta cooking water to loosen up the sauce a little if it seems dry, and set aside a few leaves of fresh basil to top your dish.

Skillet Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Pine Nuts from Serious Eats

Skillet Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Pine Nuts by Serious Eats

Skillet Eggs With Chorizo And Vegetables

This vegetable stew with eggs nestled in is the perfect way to use up late-summer zucchini and tomatoes from the farmers market. Use the chorizo for a robust meal, or feel free to make it vegetarian by leaving it out. Serve it for brunch, lunch, or dinner — it's ideal for every meal! Cumin gives the recipe a Moorish influence, while a pinch of paprika can bring the heat, depending on the type you use. When it's ready, just set the skillet on the table and scoop to serve!

Skillet Eggs with Chorizo and Vegetables from Leite's Culinaria

Skillet Eggs with Chorizo and Vegetables by Leite's Culinaria

One Pot Spaghetti

Easy and quick, this spaghetti dish coated in a simple homemade tomato sauce requires just one pot and can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Feel free to swap out the regular spaghetti for your favorite gluten-free version, or make it vegetarian by omitting the ground turkey. Either way, don't forget to sprinkle the top with freshly grated parmesan cheese! This recipe will leave you with plenty of leftovers to last a few days.

One Pot Spaghetti from Camille Styles

One Pot Spaghetti by Camille Styles

One-Pot Salmon With Snap Peas And Rice

This Asian-inspired recipe is light yet filling and doesn't require any additional sides. Feel free to swap the salmon for shrimp or scallops just add them in with the peas after the rice has cooked for about 15 minutes. The key to this recipe is to cover the skillet so that everything steams together. If your pan doesn’t have a lid, use a baking sheet. You'll be ready for dinner in under 30 minutes!

One-Pot Salmon with Snap Peas and Rice from My Recipes

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