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17 One-Pot Meals That Aren't Soup or Stews

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If you love warm meals but hate doing dishes, chances are that you’re a fan of one-pot cooking (I certainly am). There’s something soothing about building a meal, layer by layer, in a large, heavy-bottomed pan that has seen you through good times and bad. Usually, the method is simple and formulaic: start with a glug or two of oil, soften some alliums, add meat or vegetables or grains or legumes, then top with broth or water. Using this guide, you’ll often end up with something in the soup, stew, or chili family: filling, delicious, and spoonable. All in all, something great.

But what about those times you want something with a little more bite and textural contrast? Perhaps a dish of lentils and potatoes, redolent with Indian spices, or tender pork loin with leeks and apples? Maybe you're looking for creamy, comforting pasta or fall-off-the-bone chicken. But most of all, you still want to be able to make it in one pan, dirtying the fewest possible dishes. If this sounds familiar, we’ve got 17 recipes that are just what you’re looking for:

Spiced Uzbekistani Plov (Pilaf) With Herbs, Scallions & Peas
Spiced Uzbekistani Plov (Pilaf) With Herbs, Scallions & Peas
Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries

Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries by Dolphia Nandi

One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf by deensiebat

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples
Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples
One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fet... by Sarah Jampel

One-Pot Pastalaya

One-Pot Pastalaya by inpatskitchen

One-Pot Penne With Sausage, Pumpkin, and Fennel
One-Pot Penne With Sausage, Pumpkin, and Fennel
Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk

Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk by Genius Recipes

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, a... by em-i-lis

Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, and Chickpeas

Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, an... by Selma | Selma's Table

One-Pan Maple Balsamic Pork Loin with Butternut Squash and Potatoes
One-Pan Maple Balsamic Pork Loin with Butternut Squash and Potatoes
Kothu Paratha with Shrimp

Kothu Paratha with Shrimp by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

Lemon and Toasted Almond Risotto

Lemon and Toasted Almond Risotto by AntoniaJames

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander
Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander

What are your favorite tips and tricks for reducing dishes? Clean as you go? One-pot wonders? Share your secrets in the comments!

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Tags: Weeknight Cooking, Winter, One-Pot Wonders