Some people (like my roommate) wake up as the day goes on. By the time they get home from work, they’re ready to tackle a workout, dinner, and a couple episodes on Netflix.
I am not one of those people. By the end of the day, my energy is spent and I’m easily overwhelmed. Juggling multiple steps and a mess of pots and pans can send me into a spiral. I need a no-fuss, streamlined strategy. I need a one-pot wonder.
My favorite one-pot (or one-pan) meals, like soups, stews, pastas, and curries, don’t demand spinning plates. They usual entail a simple, soothing formula, building layers of flavor in one heavy-bottomed vessel. They leave me full and my kitchen (relatively) clean. Below, I’ve gathered 17 of our best no-mess masterpieces.
Bonus: Many of these are make-ahead! So maybe I can squeeze in after-work exercise, too—or better yet, some Netflix time.
What's your favorite one-pot (or pan!) dinner? Share in the comments below!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).