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17 One-Pot Dinners to Pull Out for Weeknight Magic

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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.

One-Skillet Sausage, Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions
One-Skillet Sausage, Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions
Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula
Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula
Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous
Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous
Meera Sodha's Mum's Chicken Curry

Meera Sodha's Mum's Chicken Curry by Food52

One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf by deensiebat

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese by Genius Recipes

Dad's Favorite Seafood Stew

Dad's Favorite Seafood Stew by inpatskitchen

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Poor Me Chicken and Biscuits
Poor Me Chicken and Biscuits
Purnima Garg's Eggplant and Tomato Curry
Purnima Garg's Eggplant and Tomato Curry
Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Soup with Moroccan Flavors

Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Soup with Moroccan F... by Burnt Offerings

Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson

Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson by luvcookbooks

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci by Genius Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Hash & Eggs

Brussels Sprouts Hash & Eggs by Leanne Brown

Jerk Pork Stew
Jerk Pork Stew
Curried Red Lentil Zucchini Soup
Curried Red Lentil Zucchini Soup
Jamie Oliver’s Tender & Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes & Basil
Jamie Oliver’s Tender & Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes & Basil

Plus a one-bowl dessert

What's your favorite one-pot (or pan!) dinner? Share in the comments below!

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Tags: One-Pot Wonders, Dinner Tonight