10 Easy one pot meals for busy weeknights

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Crowd pleasing one pot meals for everyday

Just because you have a busy day (or life for that matter!) doesn't mean you can't whip up a one pot meal everyone will love.

One pot meals are lifesavers for busy people! These convenient and versatile dishes not only simplify the cooking process but also guarantee a crowd-pleasing feast with minimal cleanup. Whether you're a busy parent juggling multiple responsibilities or a seasoned cook looking to streamline your culinary repertoire, mastering the art of one-pot meals is a game-changer.

I've compiled some of my favorites in this list! These 10 easy yet incredibly satisfying one-pot meal recipes are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. From hearty stews and creamy pastas to flavorful rice dishes and comforting casseroles, there's something for everyone on this menu. Best of all, these recipes require minimal prep work and can be customized to suit your dietary preferences and ingredient availability.

Whether you're hosting a casual weeknight dinner with friends or planning a cozy family meal, these one-pot wonders are guaranteed to impress without the stress. Say goodbye to juggling multiple pots and pans and hello to more time spent enjoying delicious food and quality time with loved ones. So grab your favorite pot, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that's as satisfying to make as it is to eat. Let's dive in and discover the joys of effortless cooking with these 10 irresistible one-pot meals!

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One pot creamy Italian chicken

creamy italian chicken recipe weeknight meal

This dish takes less than 30 minutes. It is a creamy casserole is made from boneless chicken breasts and classic Italian ingredients including tomatoes, white wine, basil and crusty bread. (See in the recipe notes how to make this dish keto-friendly.)

Check out the recipe for this tasty chicken dish.

Sheet pan salmon primavera

This hands off one sheet pan (not stoveop) roasts up salmon and vegetables to caramelized perfection!

Switching up the vegetables for spring and fall will keep this simple bake from getting boring. Bonus, line the sheet with foil or parchment and there is zero cleanup!

Check out the recipe

Sheet pan salmon and roast vegetables

Chicken with olives and herbs

chicken with green olives recipe

 As an olive lover I find this one pot meal exciting! Gorgeous fatty green olives simmered with chicken quarters - sign me up! The chicken is rubbed with a zesty mix of aromatic spices and finished off with citrusy olives and herbs. A flavorful one pot meal I am putting my regular rotation.

Check out the recipe from The View from great island.

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One pot lemon shrimp pasta

The beauty of a one-pot pasta is, of course, that you cook both the pasta and the sauce in a single pot. Shrimp is a quick cook and adds protein to your pasta dinner with a bonus of white beans for even more creamy texture, protein and flavor.

This tasty one pot recipe is a complete meal, all in one. Here, protein-packed shrimp and white beans mingle with nutrient-dense kale in a bright, lemony pasta dish that’s ready in just 20 minutes.

Check out the recipe here.

Lemon shrimp pasta

Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage and Maple Mustard Glaze

This kid friendly sheet pan roast is ready in 20 minutes! What more could you ask for? Chicken sausage, potatoes and apples with a sweet tangy maple mustard glaze is a regular in my fall rotation.

Check out the recipe.

Instant pot chicken tortilla soup

This is a top rated recipe that comes together quickly because well, INSTANT POT. If you don't have and instant pot a dutch oven for stovetop warriors will be just fine.

If you haven't had tortilla soup, it is a chicken based brothy soup with tomato and seasonings.

This dish is all about the garnishes:  tortilla strips, grated cheese, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce, cilantro, fresh jalapeño, scallions, and lime wedges.

The best chicken tortilla soup recipe

Check out the recipe here.

Easy skillet tamale pie

One pan skillet tamale pie recipe

This flavorful quick skillet dinner is satisfying and packed with feel good comfort. Chili is the base and it's topped with cornbread. Check out the recipe from This Gal Cooks.

Tortellini alfredo with vegetables

This creamy pasta uses pre-prepared ricotta and spinach tortellini and a quick alfredo sauce for an easy vegetarian dinner. I love the addition of vibrant spring vegetables to make this dish sing with color and flavor. Quick cooking fresh tortellini is widely available in supermarkets nowadays and make this flavorful and satisfying one pot meal a quick option.

See the quick cook dinner recipe here.

spring vegetable tortellini

Sausage, caramelized onion and apple pasta

I featured this tasty dish in the collection of savory apple recipes because it is so delicious!

In this hearty pasta dish, use fall apples cooked down with onions to create a savory-sweet sauce that clings to the curved noodles. Then you will combine the sauce with cooked sausage, dried and fresh herbs, and plenty of cheese for the ultimate introduction to fall.

sausage, apple and pasta one pot meal

Stove top chicken and biscuits

Stovetop chickena and biscuit pot pie

This is a regular in my kitchen -it has to be I am a southern woman! This is what I call stovetop chicken pot pie and everyone loves it. What's not to love? Creamy chicken with vegetables topped with regular or a version of cheddar bay biscuit dough.

Check out the recipe for one pot chicken and biscuits.

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