14 Delicious One Pot Meals for Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

14 Delicious One Pot Meals for Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

16 May 2023

Are you looking for quick and easy meal solutions that don't require a lot of time and effort? Look no further than one pot meals! These dishes are perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal. With just one pot, you can create a delicious and hearty meal that will satisfy your hunger and your taste buds.
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In this post, we've rounded up 14 of our favorite one pot meals that are not only easy to make but also packed with flavour and nutrition. From savoury stews to creamy pasta dishes, there's something for everyone in this list. So grab your favorite pot and let's get cooking!

Why One Pot Meals?

Do you feel like you're always juggling too many things at once, especially when it comes to cooking? One pot meals might just be the answer you're looking for!

One pot meals are dishes that can be cooked entirely in one pot or pan, making them a convenient and easy meal option for busy parents. They often involve combining ingredients in a pot and allowing them to simmer and cook together, resulting in a flavourful and hearty dish that is both delicious and nutritious.

What's great about one pot meals is that they're simple and easy to make. You don't have to worry about using multiple pots and pans, which can be overwhelming and stressful. With one pot meals, you can just toss all the ingredients together and let them cook.

One pot meals are also versatile and can be adapted to different dietary needs and preferences. Whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, or a meat-eater, there's a one pot meal for you.

Another benefit of one pot meals is that they're perfect for batch cooking. You can make a large batch of a one pot meal at once and enjoy it for several meals throughout the week, saving you time and reducing food waste.

Overall, one pot meals are a great option for busy parents who want to create delicious, nutritious meals with minimal effort and maximum flavour. Give them a try and see how they can simplify your cooking routine!

One Pot Butternut Squash Risotto in a bowl

    One Pot Vegetarian Meals

    One pot vegetarian meals are a convenient way to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, as they allow you to cook a variety of vegetables, legumes, and grains together in one pot, resulting in a flavourful and nutrient-dense meal.

    You'll want to cook these meals in a large non-stick saucepan

    Butternut Squash & Chilli Risotto 
    Risotto has a reputation for being difficult, but this recipe for a Butternut squash & Chilli Risotto couldn't be easier. Just make sure the parmesan cheese is vegetarian!

    One Pot Vegan Rice & Beans
    Rice and beans is a budget and health conscious meal and this one pot vegan recipe for Rice & Beans from BBC Good Food delivers a vibrant and colourful spin on a classic!

    15-Minute One Pot Dhal
    Dhal is a classic vegetarian staple recipe, and this creamy recipe for One Pot Dhal from the Happy Foodie is fast and flavourful. 

     Cheesy pasta dish in frying pan being put into oven

    One Pot Pasta Meals

    Craving a comforting bowl of pasta but don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple pots and pans? The key thing to remember when making the perfect one pot pasta dish is to choose a saucepan or pot that's large enough to hold all of your ingredients!

    Easy Peasy Pasta
    Just like the name suggests this Easy Peasy Pasta is, well... easy peasy! With a tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella and fresh basil, it's also full of fresh flavours.

    This is best made in a large saucepan or a stockpot.

    Tuna, Tomato & Caper One Pot Pasta
    This isn't the bland tuna pasta you remember! With capers, lemon zest and mascarpone this Tuna, Tomato & Caper One Pot Pasta from BBC Good Food is a zingy and sophisticated take on the budget pasta dinner.

    This is best made in a large saucepan.

    One-pot creamy pancetta and parmesan pasta
    This is a creamy and comforting bowl of Pancetta & Parmesan Pasta from Olive Magazine is easy to make and a fantastic weekend treat for the family. 

    You'll want to make this in a large and deep frying pan.

     Irish stew on a blue background

    One Pot Soups and Stews 

    Soup's on! Soups and stews are not only delicious but also nutrient-packed, versatile, and budget-friendly one-pot wonders that can be enjoyed any time of the year.

    They're perfect for meal planning and batch cooking because they tend to freeze well. Plus, there's just something about a hot bowl of soup or stew that warms the soul and satisfies the hunger pangs. So, whether you're looking for comfort food or a nutritious meal, soups and stews are a great option for one pot wonders!

    Our casseroles and stockpots are large enough to hold everything you need to cook for a family.

    Irish Stew
    This warming Irish Stew is made with lamb and given a seasonal twist with chestnuts and cranberries.

    One Pot Beef Stifado
    This delicately spiced stew is ideal for freezing - making it a batch-cooking favourite here at Prestige! From BBC Good Food, we highly recommend this delicious One Pot Beef Stifado recipe.

    One Pot Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup
    Another great recipe from BBC Good Food, this is a tasty spin on a Chicken Noodle Soup, with a blast of flavour from chilli and ginger. 

    One Pot Chicken & Chorizo Casserole in a bowl

    One Pot Chicken and Meat Meals

    If you're a meat-lover, you don't have to miss out on the convenience and flavour of one pot meals. One pot chicken and meat dishes are a hearty and delicious option that can be prepared quickly and easily with minimal cleanup.

    These recipes are best made in our casseroles and stockpots to ensure there's enough room for all your ingredients.

    Chicken & Chorizo Casserole
    This delicious Chicken & Chorizo casserole is impressive enough to serve at a dinner party, hearty enough to feed a family and comes together in just one pot! 

    Chicken, Kale & Mushroom Pot Pie
    This satisfying One Pot Chicken Pie from BBC Good Food is easy to make and uses shop bought puff pastry to keep prep time and washing up to a minimum.

    Leek & Potato soup in a bowl with bread

    One Pot Pressure Cooker Meals

    A pressure cooker is a game-changer when it comes to one pot meals, making cooking quick, efficient, and packed with flavour and nutrients.

    It works by using high pressure and heat to tenderize meat, veggies, and grains, while locking in their natural flavours and moisture for deliciously satisfying meals.

    Plus, it saves you precious time and energy in the kitchen, so you can enjoy more of the things you love. So, if you're looking to simplify your cooking routine and create tasty one pot meals with ease, a pressure cooker is definitely worth the investment!

    Pressure Cooker Sausage & Lentil Casserole
    A hearty mid week favourite, this Sausage & Lentil Casserole uses a pressure cooker to ensure the lentils are cooked evenly. This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy days.

    Pressure Cooker Massaman Beef Curry
    This is a delicious Massaman Beef Curry with rich and complex flavours. Using a pressure cooker reduces the cooking time and makes the beef extra tender. Ideal for batch-cooking, this recipe freezes well.

    Pressure Cooker Leek & Potato Soup 
    This hearty Leek & Potato Soup takes less than 30 minutes and freezes well. Leek and potato soup is a classic combo and makes for a hearty meal. Round it out with some crusty bread!

      Benefits of one pot meals

      One pot meals are a convenient and delicious option for busy people who want to simplify their cooking routine. They're affordable, versatile, and can be adapted to suit different dietary needs and preferences.

      However, it's important to note that using the right size and high-quality pan is essential for achieving the best results. A pan that is too small can cause the ingredients to be overcrowded, resulting in uneven cooking and a less flavourful dish. A pan that is too large can cause the liquid to evaporate too quickly, leading to a dry and overcooked meal.

      By using a high-quality pan that is the right size for your recipe, you can ensure that your one pot meal is cooked evenly and to perfection. A good pan can also help prevent sticking and burning, making clean-up a breeze. So, when it comes to one pot meals, the right pan makes all the difference!

      Explore our range of high-quality, non-stick cookware - perfect for one pot cooking!