By Vicky McDonald

Cooking dinner in one big pot or Dutch oven is always a winning strategy. It allows all the flavors to simmer together for a really tasty meal — and it means less cleaning up. And once all the ingredients are in the pot, your work is pretty much done while the oven or stove top does the rest. Here are 10 of our favorite Dutch oven recipes that are simple to make and so delicious.

1. Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This garlicky chicken is a cinch to make, and ideal for Sunday lunch. Don't be scared by the amount of garlic, as it becomes sweet and creamy when cooked.

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2. Easiest Pot Roast Ever

The name doesn't lie. Just cut up potatoes, onions, and celery into large chunks and place in a slow cooker with baby carrots and the roast. Add bouillon cubes and water. That's it!

3. Chef John's Chicken Cacciatore

This Italian classic won't let you down and those peppers and mushrooms add so much flavor to a roast chicken.

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4. Arroz Con Pollo

Chicken and rice, with lots of colorful veggies and tangy olives is comfort food at it's best. Enjoy it with a good glass of red wine.

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5. Big Ray's Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet For a Crowd

This dish couldn't be easier to make. It's perfect for a big crowd of hungry kids or a potluck.

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6. Bloody Mary Short Ribs

Bloody Mary mix and red wine make this one gutsy stew that is perfect for a cold, wintry evening.

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7. Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots

This spatchcock chicken is cooked with broth and root veggies and makes a wonderful, fuss-free, family dinner.

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8. Brodetto Fish Stew Ancona Style

This Italian fish stew is rich and flavorsome, and delicious with a little bread or garlic toast on the side.

Photo by Peter Paul de Bie

9. Chicken and Chorizo Chili

Chorizo gives this chicken chili a little extra kick and is a cinch to make in your Dutch oven.

Photo by Linda T.

10. Greek Lamb Stew

This herbaceous lamb stew is divine with some hot pita bread or couscous.

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11. Pot Roast with Vegetables

This is a wonderful dish for a dinner party. Once you've done all the prep, you can spend more time catching up with friends as dinner cooks in the oven.

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