22 Fast and Easy One Pot Meals

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 or ONE SKILLET meals 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. I promise to create a “one pot” category to make these recipes easy to access (I actually thought I already had), but until then here are 22 super easy dinner ideas that require little effort and even less clean up. XOXO

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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 Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac

This rich and comforting One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal. Works great for meal prep! 
4.69 from 126 votes
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Celebrate like you're in Louisiana with this easy, filling, and inexpensive one pot favorite, Pastalaya. It's the shortcut pasta version of Jambalaya! BudgetBytes.com

Pastalaya

Celebrate like you're in Louisiana with this easy, filling, and inexpensive one pot favorite, Pastalaya. It's the shortcut pasta version of Jambalaya!
4.98 from 37 votes
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One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

This smoky, sweet, and creamy One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta cooks in one single pot and can be on the table in about 30 minutes. 
4.81 from 68 votes
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One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

This super easy one pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff is a delicious and comforting weeknight dinner that requires just a few ingredients.
4.66 from 163 votes
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Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta

All the ingredients for this Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta cook together to make an incredibly fast, flavorful, and easy weeknight meal.
4.75 from 252 votes
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Chili Cheese Beef n Mac

A super easy, filling, and flavorful American Classic. This Chili Cheese Beef n' Mac is 100% homemade with real ingredients. 
4.85 from 83 votes
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One Pot Sausage & Mushroom Pasta

This One Pot Sausage & Mushroom Pasta can be on the dinner table in no time and only makes one dirty dish!
4.6 from 49 votes
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A shallow bowl full of Spinach and Artichoke One Pot Pasta with spinach and feta on the sides.

Spinach and Artichoke Wonderpot (One Pot Pasta)

This delicious and simple Spinach and Artichoke Wonderpot is a One Pot Pasta that takes less than 30 minutes to make and is packed with vegetables.
4.08 from 113 votes
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Beef Taco Pasta

This beef taco pasta is my answer to boxed hamburger helper meals. Real ingredients, real flavor, and really filling. 
4.8 from 40 votes
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One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

This incredibly fast and easy Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta cooks in 30 minutes and uses just one pot. The perfect quick and satisfying weeknight dinner! 
4.77 from 96 votes
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One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Cheeseburger Pasta is a fast and easy homemade version of hamburger helper that cooks all in one pot for easy cleanup!
4.76 from 57 votes
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Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta is an easy one pot meal for quick weeknight dinners. The pasta cooks right in the broth for more flavor!
4.75 from 88 votes
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20 Minute Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta is an easy one-pot weeknight dinner made with pantry staples, perfect for Meatless Monday! 
4.41 from 45 votes
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Skillet Meals

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes. BudgetBytes.com

Southwest Chicken Skillet

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes.
4.81 from 152 votes
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Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

This one pot Spanish Chickpeas and rice has big flavor thanks to liberal dose of spices, artichoke hearts, and fresh lemon. 
4.8 from 118 votes
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Overhead view of lemon pepper chicken with orzo in the skillet with a wooden spoon

One Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo is a zesty one pot meal featuring browned lemon pepper chicken thighs, orzo, feta, and parsley for tons of flavor and color! 
4.83 from 81 votes
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Smoky White Bean Shakshuka

Eggs poached in a rich and smoky tomato sauce speckled with white beans, this Smoky White Bean Shakshuka is a filling and inexpensive breakfast or dinner! BudgetBytes.com
4.84 from 60 votes
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Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Olives

This Chicken with Orzo and Olives simmers together in one skillet for maximum flavor and minimum cleanup. A one-pot easy weeknight dinner! 
4.81 from 31 votes
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Smoky BBQ sauce, salty bacon, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese come together in this quick, one-dish Monterey Chicken Skillet.

Monterey Chicken Skillet

Smoky BBQ sauce, salty bacon, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese come together in this quick, one-dish Monterey Chicken Skillet. 
4.59 from 48 votes
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Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet

Jasmine rice, garlic, and fragrant spices are all cooked together in this Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet. It's a complete meal in one pan! 
4.7 from 50 votes
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Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan is a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner that only requires a few ingredients. BudgetBytes.com

Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan

Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan is a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner that only requires a few ingredients.
4.68 from 103 votes
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It only takes one skillet and a few ingredients to make this incredibly flavorful and filling Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet. BudgetBytes.com

Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

It only takes one skillet and a few ingredients to make this incredibly flavorful and filling Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet. 
4.89 from 97 votes
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