15 easy peasy one-pot meals

Combat a busy day with a simple and satisfying one-pot meal. Minimal prep and easy cleanup—it's the best.

15 easy peasy one-pot meals

Photo: Ryan Szulc

Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

Creamy risotto is never a bad idea. Peas go down nice and easy when accompanied by salty pancetta. Get the recipe: Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

bowl of risotto with peas, pancetta and grated parmesan

Maple Carrot Soup

Soup’s on. This creamy concoction is made from baby carrots, so no peeling or chopping required. Get the recipe: Maple Carrot Soup

lunch idea for school bowl of carrot soup with baconPhoto: Erik Putz


Mediterranean Braised Chicken Thighs

We’re big fans of chicken thighs around here. They’re fast-cooking and always juicy. Serve this saucy mix over broad egg noodles. Get the recipe: Mediterranean Braised Chicken Thighs

bowl of chicken thighs with olives and artichoke in a tomato saucePhoto: Ryan Szulc

Thai Red Shrimp Curry

Forgo takeout in favour of your own bold shrimp curry. You’ll want to batch-cook this one. Get the recipe: Thai Red Shrimp Curry

bowl of red curry with shrimp and ricePhoto: Ryan Szulc

Six Bean Beef Chili

It doesn’t get much more comforting than a pot of chili. This one comes together in barely more than 30 minutes. Get the recipe: Six Bean Beef Chili

bowl of beefy chili topped with sour cream and grated cheddar cheesePhoto: Maya Visnyei


Coconut Chickpea Curry

Flavourful without being too spicy, this earthy stew is best served over rice with warm naan on the side. Get the recipe: Coconut Chickpea Curry

plate of curry on ricePhoto: Maya Visnyea

Cider-Sautéed Sausages with Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Don’t hate on Brussels—roasting brings out their sweet side. Tossed with chunks of sausage and potatoes, this super-simple dish will earn a spot on your dinner roster. Get the recipe: Cider-Sautéed Sausages with Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

casserole dish of roasted veggies

One-Pot Mac and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese can be a time-consuming pursuit. Not this one-pot recipe. Not one bit. Get the recipe: One-Pot Mac and Cheese

pot of macaroni and cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso


Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

Yep, that’s spinach tangled with chunks of Italian sausage, carrots and celery. This soup is good and hearty. Get the recipe: Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

pot of minestrone with quinoa, kale, sausage and veggies

Campground Paella

This comforting, one-pot paella dish has it all—meat, rice, veg and tons of flavour. Get the recipe: Campground Paella

bowl of rice and vegetable paellaPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

Orzo pasta and pearl bocconcini are the cutest. This easy dish gets all melty and creamy and we can’t even. Get the recipe: Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

pan of homemade orzo risotto with basil


Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

The mini star pasta in this warm and satisfying soup will charm kids instantly. If you can’t find stelline, try orzo, Israeli couscous or alphabet pasta. Get the recipe: Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

bowl of hearty turkey and bean soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Red Lentils with Sweet Potato and Apricots

Dried apricots sweeten this Moroccan-inspired stew right up. Plus, it’s vegan, if you’re wanting to try more plant-based cooking. Get the recipe: Red Lentils with Sweet Potato and Apricots

bowl of lentil and sweet potato stewPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Smoky Campfire Beans

Here’s a simple side dish that eats like a meal. Have a hectic night or want to give your kids a little treat? Add some cut-up wieners for a perfectly uncomplicated old-school meal, or serve with toast and a fried egg. You’ve got this. Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Mexican Quinoa

This healthy and satisfying one-pot meal also makes an excellent filling for a wrap or burrito. Get the recipe: Mexican Quinoa

bowl of quinoa with tomatoes, black bean and cornPhoto: Maya Visnyei
This article was originally published on Sep 03, 2021

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Amy is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in publications like Chatelaine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail