Make These 10 Easy, Satisfying 1-Pot Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

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Make These 10 Easy, Satisfying 1-Pot Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

The Daily Meal presents Meals Under 30, a recipe roundup series in conjunction with our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers.

In each Meals Under 30, our talented bloggers share their best techniques for getting dinner on the table fast. Our editorial team then chooses the most enticing weeknight meal recipes to share with our readers. This week we are keeping it super simple with one-pot meal magic — because who wants to be stuck doing tons of dishes? Not us, that’s for sure.

When we say one-pot meals, we really mean one pot: For the pasta dishes here, for example, water is measured out perfectly to first cook the pasta, then reduce down and marry with the other ingredients to make a wonderfully delicious sauce. 

With each of these one-pot recipes, you’ll have a lovely meal on the table in less than 30 minutes and cleanup will be an absolute cinch — you could even eat out of that one pot for all we care!

Easy One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

The chicken, chicken broth, heavy cream, and uncooked pasta are brought to a boil and then lowered to a simmer until pasta is deliciously al dente and the chicken is cooked through.

For the Easy One-Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe, click here.

“Hamburger Helper”

This healthier homemade version of this old-time favorite is made with real, fresh ingredients but still delivers the flavor you love and remember.

For the Clean Eating Hamburger Helper recipe, click here.

Honey Lemon Chicken Skillet

One skillet and a few ingredients are all you need here; the honey and lemon reduce to a lovely glaze that ensures the chicken is moist, tender, and bursting with flavor.

For the Honey Lemon Chicken Skillet recipe, click here.

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Instead of using a measuring cup for pouring the water into the pot, this recipe suggests you use the empty enchilada sauce jar. That way you’ll get catch any remnants of the sauce that remain in the jar and save even more on cleanup.

For the One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta recipe, click here.

One-Pot Chicken and Vegetables

Throw it all into one pot, and simmer until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are soft.

For the One-Pot Chicken and Vegetables recipe, click here.

One-Pot Kielbasa and Fried Cabbage

Onions, peppers, and kielbasa sausage gently cook in olive oil, and then the shredded cabbage is added and fried until it is tender but still a little crisp.

For the One-Pot Kielbasa and Fried Cabbage recipe, click here.

One-Pot Meatball Orzo and Broccoli Rabe Casserole

Turn frozen meatballs and orzo into a creamy, slightly cheesy main dish complete with the vegetables built right in.

For the One-Pot Meatball Orzo and Broccoli Rabe Casserole recipe, click here.

One-Pot Mushroom Spaghetti

This flavor-packed, clean-up-free dinner is so tasty, no one will believe how many shortcuts you used to make it.

For the One-Pot Mushroom Spaghetti recipe, click here.

One-Skillet Cumin-Lime Chicken and Rice With Avocado-Pineapple Salsa

OK, this one cheats a little with the one pot rules, but that tasty salsa simply requires you toss a few ingredients together in a little bowl... and then you can eat out of said bowl, so there.

For the One-Skillet Cumin-Lime Chicken and Rice With Avocado-Pineapple Salsa recipe, click here.

Roasted Chicken With Beans and Tomatoes

Chicken is seasoned and seared, then tossed with the beans, tomatoes, and cilantro. The beans are scattered around the chicken then it’s all roasted for just about 20 minutes in the oven.

For the Roasted Chicken With Beans and Tomatoes recipe, click here.