It’s a pretty busy week around the Budget Bytes household, so I’m just going to take a quick minute today to round up some really fast and easy ONE POT recipes for when your life is as busy as mine! :D All of these recipes feature your protein, vegetables, and grains cooked together in one skillet or pot, making dinner ridiculously easy to prepare and serve. Here are 24 of our best super easy one pot dinner ideas that require little effort and even less clean up. XOXO
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Tips for One Pot Recipes
I find that the success of “one pot” recipes rests on two things: quality cookware and a good flavored broth (most of these recipes use broth as a cooking liquid). One pot recipes need very even heating, so good cookware is crucial. Poorly constructed cookware or vessels that are too thin tend to have hot spots that cause rice and pasta to scorch or stick to the bottom of the pot. I use Better Than Bouillon to make my broth for cooking, which not only offers a lot of flavor, but usually provides enough salt to season the entire dish. If your recipe turns out bland, your broth may be less flavorful or less salted than mine. Sometimes adding a pinch of salt to your final recipe can really help the flavors pop!
One Pot Pastas
One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
When you’re craving a cheeseburger but need that ground beef to stretch to more servings, this one potp cheeseburger pasta is IT!
One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta
When you want something that feels fancy, but is still incredibly easy, try this one pot creamy sun dried tomato pasta!
Easy American Goulash
This American Goulash is such a classic comfort food! It’s definitely in my regular rotation during the colder winter months.
One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
Need a dish that’s going to impress a date, your in-laws, or even yourself? Whip up this Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta. ;)
One Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Take your classic mac and cheese up a notch with bacon and broccoli!
One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
This Cajun chicken pasta is FULL OF FLAVOR. A healthy does of herbs and spices make every bite a flavor explosion.
One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta
Simple, delicious, and well rounded, this one pot pasta is a classic.
One Pot Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac
Vegetarian comfort food at its best!
One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
This amazing roasted red pepper pasta is great whether you make it creamy or not!
If you need to feed a crowd, this Pastalaya is always a winner. It has tons of flavor and is a breeze to prepare.
Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan
Bacon makes everything better! …And we add a couple handfuls of fresh spinach for good measure. ;)
Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta
This simple one pot pasta is where it all started!
13. Beef Taco Pasta
One Pot Beef Taco Pasta
All the flavors of tacos in a simple to prepare (and eat) pasta dish.
One Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta
This creamy pasta is full of earthy mushrooms and umami!
One Pot Veggie Pasta
Get your daily dose of veggies in this hearty and delicious one pot meal.
One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
Creamy and beefy, this one pot beef and mushroom stroganoff can help you stretch your ground beef over more meals.
One Pot Rice Recipes
Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet
It’s like jambalaya “lite”. Fast, easy, simple.
One Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice
This is the perfect light, fresh, and zesty spring or summer meal!
Unstuffed Bell Peppers
If stuffing bell peppers is a bit too tedious or tricky for you, just throw it all into one pot!
One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
Utilizing frozen vegetables makes this meal so fast and easy, and with next to no chopping!
Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet
Super flavorful ingredients like lemon, feta, olives, and sun dried tomatoes takes the flavor of this rice dish to the NEXT LEVEL.
Southwest Chicken Skillet
You can never go wrong with rice, beans, and salsa, and this meal takes it a step further with some chicken and cheese. All in one pot!
Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
This is, hands down, the most flavorful vegan meal I’ve ever had in my life!
Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet
Spicy chorizo and sweet potatoes make a perfect match in this simple rice-based one pot meal.
And here’s a bonus low-carb one pot meal for you:
Sausage and Vegetable Skillet
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
- 1 lb. Italian sausage ($5.99)
- 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower florets ($1.00)
- 1/2 lb. frozen peppers and onions ($1.00)
- 1/4 lb. frozen kale ($0.83)
- ½ tsp seasoning salt or seasoning blend (or to taste) ($0.05)
- Add the cooking oil and sausage to a skillet. Cook the sausage over medium heat until brown and crispy.
- Add the cauliflower, peppers and onions, and kale to the skillet with the sausage. Continue to stir and cook until the vegetables are heated through.
- Add a liberal amount (or to taste) of your favorite seasoning salt or seasoning blend and stir to combine. Serve hot.
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