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We all know that feeling: After a lovely homecooked meal, you look at all the kitchenware, silverware, and plates that you just used. A feeling of mild dread passes over you: Oh my god, I have so many dishes to do. You put cleaning them off for a bit, and that becomes a day or two or even three, and the dishes just keep piling up with every meal. Now, you have even more dishes to wash.
Fret not: One-pot recipes are here to save the day. As the name suggests, all the cooking for a one-pot recipe takes place within one pot. Doing the dishes afterward is thus much simpler: just wash the pot, your plate or bowl, and your silverware — maybe a minute or two of work. If you really want to cut back on time and chores, you can even eat your meal directly from the pot — just try to avoid scratching any non-stick cookware with metal utensils. One-pot recipes are often super quick and simple to make, too.
Here are some one-pot recipes to try:
Cream Cheese Pasta, from Spoon University
This recipe is designed specifically for those times when you have just the bare minimum in your pantry and fridge. All you need is pasta and cream cheese. Set the cream cheese out at room temperature to soften slightly right before you start to boil the water for your pasta, and then, after you’ve drained your cooked pasta, add a small bit of water back to it with the softened cream cheese. Stir it all together for an easy, creamy dinner.
One Pot Chicken & Veggie Ramen Stirfry, from Creme de la Crumb
Toss a couple of packets of chicken ramen seasoning and noodles together in a pot with any vegetables you have on hand, shredded chicken breast, water, and everyday sauces and seasonings. Set the heat to high and get the mixture boiling. Leave it on the heat for just over 20 minutes, then enjoy!
1-Pot Chickpea Shakshuka, from Minimalist Baker
Although this recipe is best cooked with a cast iron skillet or pot, any pot will do! Combine the oil, vegetables, herbs, and seasonings before adding the chickpeas and letting the food in the pot simmer for about 15 minutes. You can eat this straight from the pot, of course, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest taking any bread you have on hand and dunking it into this scrumptious mix.
Homemade Turkey Chili, from Spoon University
For this recipe, you just need beans, cheese, herbs, seasonings, and turkey. Add your herbs first, then the ground turkey, and top it all off with the remaining beans and seasonings before letting the mixture simmer. Once you turn the heat off, stir in the cheese and make sure the chili gets gooey and melty. Enjoy with bread, rice, or chips!
Which of these recipes are you most likely to try? What are some of your favorite one-pot recipes that we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!