19 Family-Friendly One-Pot Dinners
These one-pot meals make life a little easier. Quick to prep, painless to clean up, and no fuss — they're here to help. Here are some of our favorites your family will love.
One Pan Orecchiette Pasta
Costs pennies, requires only a handful of ingredients, is super-easy... and it's still completely satisfying and delicious.
Big Rays Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet For a Crowd
A simple way to cook cabbage and sausage in one big skillet. This hearty dish is easy on the budget, too.
Ultimate All-in-One Chicken Dinner
This one-skillet chicken dinner combined fresh ingredients with pantry staples for an easy, satisfying meal.
Chicago's Chicken Vesuvio
"This Chicago original is made with browned chicken-on-the-bone pieces, baked with garlic, onion, and Yukon gold potato wedges sopped in white wine," says Diana71. "It's a one-pan dish that starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Garnish with a lovely pan sauce and peas."
Italian Drunken Noodles
"I prepped this early in the day, separating the sausage-pepper mixture from the cooked noodles and reserving the parsley and basil. When it was time for dinner, I combined everything, reheated it, and dinner was on the table in 10 minutes." —bellepepper
Simple Beef Pot Roast
This pot roast could not be easier. Brown the beef and put it in a pot with sautéed veggies, then relax until dinner's ready. Bonus: There's no gravy-making here — the sauce is formed by the natural juices from the meat and veggies.
Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup
"I love this recipe in my slow cooker, especially since there is minimal prep. No bacon to fry, so the slow cooker is the only dish you will get dirty." —The-Baby-Bow-Lady
One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
"It doesn't get much easier than this by cooking everything in one pot. Italian sausage and pasta sauce with spaghetti noodles that you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes. Switch it up by using ground beef, chicken, or turkey along with any other of your favorite ingredients, such as sliced mushrooms." —bd.weld
Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup
Quicker than you can say, "Soup's on!" this one's ready. The six cans are black beans, chicken broth, corn, chicken chunks, and diced tomatoes with green chile peppers. If you like, add one more: cream of chicken soup.
One-Pot Crispy Chicken and Rice
This one-pot recipe for crispy chicken and rice has it all. "This meal is so comforting and family friendly. My kids eat every morsel on their plates," says NicoleMcmom. "This is also a super economical way to feed a family or a large crowd. Great served with green beans, broccoli, or a salad."
Turkey Spaghetti Zoodles
Gluten-free, fuss-free, and so delicious. You'll love how quickly this meal comes together.
Protein-Packed Vegetarian Fried Rice
Tofu, Sriracha, rice, and lots of healthy veggies make this a hearty and satisfying dish at any time of the day.
Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Fries
"If you're like me, you are always multitasking. This recipe takes five minutes to prepare. One pan, easy cleanup, and so good!" —Kathy's Kitchen.
Chicken and Dumplings Casserole
"Really good chicken and dumplings recipe — and pretty easy to make, too! I followed the recipe as written, but changed the method since I used my Dutch oven," Kim says.
Easy Homemade Shrimp Fried Rice
"It’s become a 'keeper' in my family. Shared it with in-laws, and they are now fans, too. I didn’t modify the recipe but did add a little soy sauce to my plate afterward." —R.W. Rowdy Dickson
Instant Pot® Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls
This colorful chicken and rice bowl packs in protein and fiber, with a can of diced tomatoes for extra nutrients.
One-Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli
Diced chicken breast meat cooks with bacon, pasta, broccoli florets, Cheddar, and sour cream. With this cheesy bacon ranch pasta, everything cooks up in one pot, so cleanup is a breeze! "My family would eat this every week," says NicoleMcmom. "It's a great go-to easy one-pot meal that is complete and satisfying."
Easy One-Pot Chicken Alfredo
"I used sour cream instead of yogurt. I also added a teaspoon of onion powder and garlic powder. It was even better the next day," Teri Brusnighan says.
An American comfort food classic (and not to be confused with Hungarian goulash). Make this simple American-style goulash on the stove or in the slow cooker.