25 One-Pot Meals Perfect For Winter

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25 One-Pot Meals Perfect For Winter

Sometimes the deterrents from cooking a healthy, home-cooked meal has more to do with the cleanup than the cooking. To keep the dishes from piling up in the kitchen sink this winter, we've rounded up some of our favorite one-pot meals that are perfect for simple dinners and weekend brunches

For more ideas and inspiration on how to make the post-meal cleanup, as simple as your quick and easy meal, check-out our latest one-pot meal recipe collection.

Arroz Con Pollo

Make this Latin classic dish of rice and chicken your own by adding seasonal vegetables and flavors. This dish with a few simple changes will never get old.

For the Arroz Con Pollo recipe, click here.

Artichoke-Spinach Strata

Why can't you have breakfast for dinner? You can assemble this strata recipe ahead of time, and then pop it in the oven for 30 minutes just before dinner time. This warm dish of eggs and vegetables is a warm, filling, nutritious meal.

For the Artichoke-Spinach Strata recipe, click here.

Beef Stroganoff

When it comes to comfort food, it's tough to beat beef stroganoff; and the Bring Your Lunch! cookbook has an easy, creamy, noodley recipe for you. If you have leftover steak or pot roast on hand, this recipe will come together in a matter of minutes. While they're not required, a few cooked mushrooms add an extra savory dimension, so toss those in, too, if you have them. — Califa Suntree

For the Beef Stroganoff recipe, click here.


Best Layered Burrito Bake

Layer cheese, beans, and salsa with tortillas, then cook this one-pan meal until warm and bubbly. Make this casserole ahead of time for a warming winter meal.

For the Best Layered Burrito Bake recipe, click here.


Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

In Louisiana, everyone has his or her own preference when it comes to gumbo thickness. This one is about middle of the road, which is the way I prefer it — not too brothy and not too thick. It is easy to adjust the thickness by using less broth for a thicker gumbo and/or adding more for a thinner consistency. — Emeril Lagasse

For the Chicken and Andouille Gumbo recipe, click here.

Chicken and Dumplings

Few recipes are more Southern or downright delicious than chicken and dumplings. Most folks won't get any more fancy with seasonings than parsley. The truth is that other fresh herbs, like chives, tarragon, or savory, are also good. — Art Smith

For the Chicken and Dumplings recipe, click here.

Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Cooking all the ingredients together is how jambalaya develops its intense rich flavor. It is important to pay attention to the seasoning throughout the cooking process to ensure that your jambalaya tastes its best.

For the Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya recipe, click here.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

This simple casserole is perfect for busy weeknights or sharing at a potluck. If baking right away, you can bake this casserole in an oven-safe pan, but if you plan to finish cooking later, transfer it to a casserole dish.

For the Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole recipe, click here.

Chicken Congee

If you don't already have cooked rice in your fridge, use one and a half cups of uncooked rice (I usually have jasmine rice at home). You'll have to extend the cooking time to one and a half to two hours but you'll still be rewarded with a bowl of yummy goodness that is soothing both spiritually and physically. If I have some on hand, I also like to add small cubes of sweet potato toward the end of cooking to add sweetness and texture to the final dish. — theasiangrandmotherscookbook.com

For the Chicken Congee recipe, click here.

Chili Cheese Egg Bake

A brunch can be anything you make it, but it definitely has to be fun. A great way to ensure that is to have a really fun menu! This party-perfect bake is everything a guest wants in party food, and, since the ingredients are so interchangeable, you can really make it your own. — Lauren Gordon

For the Chili Cheese Egg Bake recipe, click here.

Crockpot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili

This healthy one-pot dish combines classic Italian flavors for a unique twist on classic chicken chili. Braise the broccoli rabe with the rest of the ingredients, or add it in during the last 30 minutes if you want it to retain some crunch.

For the Crockpot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili recipe, click here.

Mussels Cooked with Cream, Chorizo, Garlic, and Flat-leaf Parsley

These one-pot mussels in a spicy chorizo-scented broth only take about five minutes to cook. Serve with a side of crusty bread to soak up the creamy broth for a complete meal.

For the Mussels Cooked with Cream, Chorizo. Garlic, and Flat-Leaf Parsley recipe, click here.

One-Pot Chicken Meal

Cook a whole chicken in a pot on the stove in an hour. The garlic, herbs, wine, and diced vegetables form a sauce as the tender chicken slowly braises.

For the One-Pot Chicken Meal recipe, click here.

Oven Paella with Chicken, Shrimp, and Chorizo

Paella is a classic Spanish dish of rice and seafood that was traditionally made by men. Using a large pot, they cooked it over an orange- and pine-wood-burning fire that would let off an aroma that infused the dish with more flavor. This recipe is a much easier alternative to the classic technique, yet still produces a dish that is wonderful to present at the table. — Faith Durand

For the Oven Paella with Chicken, Shrimp, and Chorizo recipe, click here.

Pot Roast of Brisket

Brisket is often corned in Ireland, but it is also appreciated in its native form; a tough but flavorful cut, it lends itself particularly well to long, slow pot-roasting. Serve this pot-roast with mashed or boiled potatoes, if you like. — Colman Andrews

For the Pot Roast of Brisket recipe, click here.

Puerto Rican Beef Stew

This Puerto Rican beef is made with achiote (annatto paste) for a spicy kick to this easy one-pot dinner.

For the Puerto Rican Beef Stew recipe, click here.

Skillet Cassoulet

This dish is full of flavor, and the little spice from the kielbasa makes a nice hearty combo for a flavorful meal. — Taste of Home

For the Skillet Cassoulet recipe, click here.

Skillet Lasagna

You can make this lasagna directly in the skillet, just layer the noodles and sauce, then top with Parmigiano-Reggiano and cook on the stove, covered, for about 30 minutes.

For the Skillet Lasagna recipe, click here.  

Slow-Cooker Harvest Ham Supper

This sweet roasted ham is cooked with carrots and potatoes for 6-8 hours for an unbelievable dinner. Serve this on any chilly night for a no-mess meal!  — Crock-Pot Dump Meals

For the Slow-Cooker Harvest Ham Supper recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian and Vegan Lentil Curry

Slow cook the lentils with the beans, potatoes, and spices, like turmeric, curry leaf, and ginger for hours to develop the intense curry flavor that makes this one-pot meal so irresistible.

For the Slow-Cooker Vegetarian and Vegan Lentil Curry recipe, click here.

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

This low-carb answer to your pizza cravings is made with wholesome squash and sweet potatoes that are topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Serve this one-pot meal for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner.

For the Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole recipe, click here.

Sticky Maple Pork and Apples

Garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and grainy mustard are mixed together to form the sweet and savory sauce that coats the sautéed apples and seared pork in this one-skillet meal.

For the Sticky Maple Pork and Apples recipe, click here.

Tarragon Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

This roasted chicken dish with potatoes requires only a roasting pan or skillet to produce a wholesome winter meal.

For the Tarragon Skillet Chicken and Potatoes recipe, click here.

Vegetable Jambalaya

This rice dish is great when you crave Creole but don't have chicken or sausage on hand. — Crystal Bruns

For the Vegetable Jambalaya recipe, click here.

Vegetarian Chili

Beans are an ideal source of Clean-Eating protein and even those who aren't vegetarian love this "meaty" meatless chili recipe. It is still a satisfying version of chili without losing out on hearty flavor. Use leftovers in a wrap for lunch the next day. — Tosca Reno