Who doesn’t love a good one-pot wonder? Throw your ingredients into a pot, step away from the stove, and rest assured that dinner will be on the table and it will be delicious! Perhaps you agree; after all, the case is strong, and one-pot wonders deserve to be in everyone’s repertoire, but maybe you think they are strictly seasonal.
Stews, soups, and other hearty fare certainly do fall under the one-pot wonder bracket, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you can only make easy, single-pot recipes when the weather is cold and grey. There are plenty of one-pot meals that you can whip up in height of summer as well as the dead of winter. Recipes that are seasonally evergreen if you will, or else can be altered slightly depending on the time of year.
These 30 recipes are all delicious and almost all are one-pot recipes that use Dutch ovens, slow-cookers, Instant Pots, multi-cookers, and more (we made a few exceptions with some irresistible single sheet-pan dinners because they’re easy and magical and we just couldn’t resist!)
So go on, see for yourself, easy, delicious ad seasonally ambiguous recipes do exist and are sure to delight.
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This one-pot slow-cooker recipe is delicious, easy ,and full of dried spices you will have no trouble finding all year long. It is vegetarian and hearty, without being that kind of heavy, only-for-cold-weather kind of filling.
This Latin American comfort food is full of wonderful Mexican-inspired flavors that all come together easily in one pot.
Jarred artichoke hearts, spinach, bell peppers, and cheese make up this tasty strata that can be served for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner no matter what season.
Rather than making individual burritos for dinner, try this easier but just as delicious burrito bake — a fiesta in a casserole dish that’s effortless to make.
To make this recipe more straightforward, if you are pressed for time, use store-bought chicken stock rather than making your own. If you know you are making this dish ahead of time, you can also make the stock a few days before using it and store it in the fridge.
A classic comfort food that is easy to make, uses only one pot, and is never not worth making. Serve it in warm weather as well as cold and simply turn the AC up a few degrees!
This dish is easy to make and oh so versatile. Serve it at home for weeknight dinner, on weekends, or for fancier parties; you can even take it on the go for a tasty potluck contribution. The sky’s the limit!
The sauce here is a gorgeous one, with the rich and creamy notes lifted by the sharp saltiness of the capers. It really does make you wonder why anything is cooked on the stove. — Faith Mason, author of Sheet Pan Magic
Here’s a recipe that’s economical as well as healthy. To top it all off, it freezes beautifully — so why not make it ahead of time and get dinner on the table with no hassle?
Risotto is already a one-pot meal, but this recipe takes a lot of the effort out of a notoriously laborious dish and is very delicious.
If you’re on a budget and have no time, turn to you Instant Pot or similar multi-cooker and whip up dinner in a flash. If you’re in the mood for chili, this recipe has you covered — it’s full of spices and topped with cool sour cream and refreshing cilantro.
Ready in just over an hour, this Instant Pot brisket takes practically all of the time out of a traditionally long-cooking cut.
Here is a lighter chili recipe, using chicken instead of beef, that’s satisfying and full of flavor.
These lean, gluten-free, and low-carb meatballs are perfect for dark winter nights as well as the height of summer. Serve them with pasta, mashed potatoes, or lettuce wraps and delight in their deliciousness!
This zesty pork tenderloin recipe is full of bold flavors from rosemary, orange zest, and thyme and cooks in just 20 minutes.
Ahhhh, mussels! Warm enough for winter and light enough for summer or spring. For best results, serve with some toasted, crusty sourdough to mop up all of the delicious broth.
No mess and no fuss when it comes to this sheet tray mac and cheese. Sure, it’s not technically a pot — but once you try it, you won’t hold that against me, I promise!
If it is tomato season, wonderful! If not, then don’t worry, the flavors from everything else will still make this dish a success. For an even more summery version, try serving this with zucchini noodles instead of spaghetti!
Braise everything together in a pot and enjoy the final result — garlicky goodness and a rich chicken jus.
This one-pot casserole is convenient, cheesy, and complete with healthy vegetables. Truly a one-pot wonder!
Make this recipe in under 30 minutes and enjoy a crispy, creamy, and satisfying dinner that requires just one pan to make.
Get your healthy, fatty omega-3s and green leafy vegetables with this one-pan salmon and kale pasta. It’s super creamy, so you won’t even realize it’s good for you
A flavor-packed, meat-free dinner that is ready in 30 minutes and doesn’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes in its wake.
Okay, okay, again, this is not technically a one-pot wonder — but it is certainly a one-pan wonder. When you can throw everything on a single sheet pan and get delicious results, it there any need for further discussion? I think not!
If you think it is impossible to enjoy a perfect paella without a whole lot of fuss, think again! Get all the ingredients grooving together in a Dutch oven before letting the oven do the rest of the work.
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Serve on a soft and fluffy potato bun, in hearty tacos, as light and refreshing lettuce cups — there is no limit to how many wonderful meals you can make with this carnitas recipe. And the best part is: It’s incredibly easy to make.
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Serve this hearty slow cooker dish with your favorite starch — potatoes, polenta, or even a nice slice of crusty bread… anything will taste delicious!
For a protein-packed lentil curry that just happens to be vegan, try this recipe that is slow-cooked for hours to develop maximum flavor. Slow-cooker recipes are naturally one-pot wonders; if that’s the style of cooking you gravitate towards, then our list of the 101 best slow cooker recipes is sure to be helpful!