When it’s freezing outside and you need to get warm and cozy ASAP but don’t want to make a complicated dinner, one-pot meals are here to save you. What’s better than not having to do a bunch of dishes? Plus, all of those flavors can concentrate when they mingle together, nestled in a pot (or skillet or Dutch oven). Go ahead and eat it straight out of the pot if you want—that’s even fewer dishes to do. 

1. New Orleans Style “Dirty” Fried Rice

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Inspired by Cajun dirty rice, this fried rice is filled with shrimp, smoked kielbasa sausage, crunchy green bell peppers, and a healthy dose of cayenne. Let that rice get nice and crispy in the skillet for extra flavor and amazing texture

2. Herby Butter Chicken Thighs & Potatoes 

These hearty baked chicken thighs only take 10 minutes to prep, yet the results are about as juicy and flavorful as chicken can get. The chicken and thinly-sliced potatoes get to hang out in a herb-garlic compound butter until tender yet crispy, and if you really want to take things to the next level, dip some toast in butter at the bottom of the pan. Instant garlic bread!

3. Veggie White Chili

A lighter vegetarian alternative to chili that is no less delicious. This dish easily incorporates classic pantry staples, and you can really make it your own by adding as many vegetables as you want! Hack: To make the chili a bit thicker, add a slurry of cornstarch or flour and water or try mashing up the beans.

4. Pizza Dip

This pizza dip is a really fun way to get all that cheesy, pizza-y goodness without having to make it from scratch or resort to takeout. So you can and should eat dip for dinner.

5. Coconutty Greens with Pine Nuts & Raisins

If you’re looking for a way to get more vegetables into your meals, try these coconutty greens. They’re filled with pine nuts and golden raisins that pair nicely with the sweetness from the coconut oil. Serve it as a side dish with a rotisserie chicken from the store, or add some protein with a quick-to-prepare meat like sausage.

6. One-Skillet Orange Chicken

This sweet-and-tangy maple-orange glaze is so delicious on its own you might as well just eat it with a spoon. It has both orange juice and zest in it to punch up the citrus flavors, which really balances out the spice from the red chile.

7. Chili Colorado


This one-pot meal screams hearty, warm, and filling. Don’t let the amount of chilies fool you—they’re actually rehydrated before blended into the sauce, which mellows out the heat while extracting all of the peppers’ delicious flavors. 

8. Kale, Sausage, & White Bean Soup with Parm Toasts

This brothy soup is the perfect place for crunchy Parmesan toasts to dive right in. The longer it sits around the thicker it gets (from the beans!) so if you like your soup sludgy, the leftovers are going to be your thing.

9. One-Pan Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta is never a bad idea, especially when all it takes is one pan to make your sauciest dreams come true. This puttanesca sauce is filled with capers and olives for acidity, anchovies for added salty smokiness, and Parmesan for both its nutty flavors and as a binder to hold everything together. For other ideas to noodle on, check out some of our other favorite pasta recipes here.