The worst thing about cooking is the big pile of dirty dishes we have to deal with afterwards. This is often the reason why we choose to eat outside, because at least we don’t have to wash all the pots and pans after feasting on a tasty dinner. If you love home-cooked meals and hate dirty dishes, the best solution is to make a one-pot meal! Sounds impossible? These 13 delicious one-pot meal recipes beg to differ!
1. Italian Tortellini
You know we’re big fans of Italian cuisine over here and if you want to cook for yourself a meal that feels like it came directly from an Italian chef, you need to try these one-pot tortellini by Diethood! They are quick to prepare and even quicker to clean up after!
2. Burrito Bowl
Swap up your regular burrito evenings for I Heart Naptime‘s burrito bowl when you want to save on time! Because the burrito flavors are all packed in a big bowl, the meal feels much more indulgent and you can easily eat it on the couch while bingeing on your favorite TV show!
3. Lasagna Soup
Making lasagna from scratch can get super messy, which is exactly why a lot of people opt for a very unhealthy frozen lasagna from the store instead. We found a great one-pot recipe for you at Carl’s Bad Cravings that’s a crossover between a soup and a lasagna!
4. Cheese Broccoli Rice
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of broccoli you have to admit that when it’s coated in cheese it really has the best flavor. Normally, a dish like this cheesy broccoli rice would require at least two pots, but The Girl Who Ate Everything managed to make everything in just one pan!
5. Creamy Tomato Pasta
The one-pot pasta trend is definitely a real thing and while some people might cringe at the thought of cooking pasta directly in the sauce, it’s actually one of the most brilliant inventions ever. With this technique the pasta absorbs the flavors and you get a super creamy dish. Get the recipe for a creamy tomato pasta at Spend With Pennies!
6. Vegan Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is one of the most famous one-pot meals that’s well known to all of us, but today we wanted to bring you this classic recipe with a vegan twist! It’s hard to believe there’s no cheese in this recipe at all but it’s true! Find out the secret at Healthier Steps.
7. Garlic Parmesan Pasta
One of the reasons why people often skip a home cooked meal is because they’re convinced cooking will take too much time. Maybe you’ve found yourself in a super busy week and just don’t have the time to prepare a complex meal. Thankfully, you can fall back on this garlic parmesan pasta by Damn Delicious!
8. Lentils and Quinoa
A one-pot meal doesn’t mean an unhealthy meal – quite the opposite. You can make a super healthy (and protein-heavy!) dish that is abundant in flavors without messing up the entire kitchen, as proven by Simply Quinoa‘s recipe for one-pot lentils and quinoa.
9. Spinach Rice
Spinach and rice aren’t paired together as often as they could be, which is a real shame because the combination is absolutely delicious. It’s fresh, healthy and fulfilling! The best part about Watch What U Eat‘s spinach rice is that you can make a big batch in just one pot!
10. White Bean Gnocchi
While we love bringing you innovative and unique recipes, we generally prefer really simple meals that can be made in a short time and call for only a few ingredients, just like Sweet Peas and Saffron‘s white bean gnocchi. These are the meals that are the most convenient to make in our daily lives!
11. Mushroom Orzo Pasta
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a dish more interesting, like swapping regular pasta for thin and unusual orzo pasta! You can use it to make gourmet-looking meals, such as this tasty and creamy mushroom orzo pasta by Peas and Crayons.
12. Vegetable Rice
Do you meal prep? It’s one of the simplest ways to stay on track during the week, making sure you’re not skipping meals or eating junk food! Because meal prep can result in a heap of dirty dishes once a week, Vegan Heaven is bringing you an idea for vegetable rice that is made in just one pan!
13. Red Curry
We’re wrapping up this roundup with a great recipe for Thai curry! Even though curry is commonly made in only one pot, it’s definitely not something to take for granted and if you’ve been trying to nail the perfect curry recipe for a while, Making Thyme for Health is a great teacher!