10 Quick and Easy One-Pot Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Hello there, harried weeknight warriors! Are you looking for quick and easy meal ideas that require little cleanup? Look no further, because I’ve compiled a delicious list of ten one-pot supper dishes that will save you time and work in the kitchen.

One-Pan Eggplant Parm Gnocchi

One-Pan Eggplant Parm Gnocchi is a fuss-free meal that combines creamy gnocchi, tender eggplant, and melty cheese in a single pan for easy cleanup.pen_sparktunesharemore_vert

One Pot Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

What distinguishes this dish is its beautiful combination of strong Mexican flavours, which is easily prepared in a single skillet. Consider this: tender ground beef laced with spicy spices, mingled with fragrant onions, garlic, and peppers. As the ingredients combine, they produce a symphony of tantalising aromas that pervade your kitchen and captivate even the most cautious of eaters.

The main magic, though, is the rice. The rice, oh the rice! Tender grains soak up the savoury flavour of the meat and spices in a thick tomato-based sauce. Each bite is a tactile joy, with the rice perfectly complimenting the heavy meat and veggies, providing a pleasing mouthfeel that will leave you wanting more.

Finally, the One Pot Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet is a culinary gem that transforms your hectic weekday into a flavorful adventure. This dish has captured my heart and cemented its due position at the top of my one-pot supper repertoire with its tantalising combination of spices, faultless texture, and unlimited modification choices. Prepare to be enchanted!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, sliced jalapenos

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking it up into crumbles. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Stir in the rice, diced tomatoes (with their juice), black beans, corn, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and cooked through.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve the One Pot Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet hot, and garnish with your desired toppings such as shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, or sliced jalapenos.

One Pot Eggplant Parmesan Orzo

This one could very well become your new favorite stress-free weeknight dinner. There’s so much to love here! Bright flavors, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, hearty sautéed eggplant and silky parmesan orzo. Quick, easy and so delicious!

Easy One Pot Chicken and Rice

Allow me to introduce you to a culinary treasure that has a particular place in my heart and stomach: Easy One Pot Chicken and Rice. This dish, which proudly ranks second on my list of quick and simple one-pot meal recipes, has won me over with its simplicity and indisputable taste.

What makes this recipe truly outstanding is its ability to take the humble ingredients of chicken and rice and elevate them to new heights of flavor and comfort. Consider delicious grilled chicken thighs snuggled within fluffy rice grains that have absorbed all of the savoury flavour from the cooking liquid. It’s a symphony of textures and tastes that harmonize to create a dish that is both satisfying and soul-soothing.

But here’s the true magic: the flavor’s richness. The juices of the chicken combine with fragrant onions, garlic, and a variety of herbs and spices as it simmers with the rice. Your taste senses will be treated to a wonderful blend of delicate chicken, aromatic rice, and a subtle hint of warmth and complexity with each mouthful, which will have you going back for more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the diced onion, minced garlic, and diced bell pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  4. Stir in the rice, diced tomatoes (with their juice), chicken broth, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and stir it into the rice mixture.
  7. Cover the skillet again and let it sit for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the chicken to heat through.
  8. Remove from heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  9. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, before serving.

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta 

Prepare for a gastronomic journey that will take your taste senses to the heart of Louisiana. The One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta, which ranks third on my list of quick and simple one-pot meal dishes, has me fully and utterly enamoured. Let me explain why.

This dish is a delectable flavour symphony that mixes the robust and colourful spices of Cajun cuisine with the creamy comfort of pasta. Consider luscious chunks of chicken, perfectly seared to golden brown perfection, dancing in a rich and spicy Cajun-infused sauce with colourful bell peppers and onions. Simply smelling it makes your mouth wet and your heart skip a beat.

The One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta’s appeal resides not just in its great flavour, but also in its simplicity. You can make a restaurant-quality dinner with only one pot and a few ingredients, and your family and friends will think you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley or green onions

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the Cajun seasoning until well coated.
  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  5. Stir in the penne pasta, chicken broth, heavy cream (or half-and-half), and diced tomatoes (with their juice). Mix everything together.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked al dente and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  7. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and stir it into the pasta mixture.
  8. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the chicken through and allow the flavors to meld.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions, if desired.

One-Pot Black Pepper Chicken Recipe

Hold on to your taste senses, because the One-Pot Black Pepper Chicken Recipe is going to take you on a savoury experience! This meal, which ranks fourth on my list of quick and simple one-pot supper dishes, has captivated my heart with its robust, peppery deliciousness.

What truly distinguishes this dish is its ability to convert a few simple ingredients into a gourmet masterpiece that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Consider delicious slices of chicken drenched in a rich, fragrant black pepper sauce with a satisfying kick. Each mouthful is a symphony of savoury, spicy, and slightly tangy flavours that will have you hankering for more.

What I appreciate most about this dish is its adaptability. You may adjust the degree of heat to your liking, adding a dash of spicy chilli flakes or dialling it back for a softer taste. Combine it with steamed rice or noodles for a full dinner that will fulfil your appetite as well as your desire for robust flavours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onions

Instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sliced onion and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
  3. Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet and add the minced garlic to the cleared space. Sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the black pepper, soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, and chicken broth until well combined.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the chicken and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens.
  8. Season with salt to taste, if needed.
  9. Remove from heat and serve the One-Pot Black Pepper Chicken over cooked rice.
  10. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice

Prepare for a cheesy pleasure that will have you wanting more and pleading for the recipe. The One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice has grabbed my heart and sealed its spot as a household favourite, ranking fifth on the list of quick and simple one-pot meal dishes.

The ideal mix of flavours and textures distinguishes this dish. Consider delicate chicken sautéed to golden perfection with vivid broccoli florets and fluffy rice. But here’s when the magic happens: a heaping spoonful of gooey, melty cheese that blankets the entire dish, creating a creamy and decadent touch. Each bite is a symphony of savoury chicken, crisp broccoli, and the oozing embrace of cheese.

What I appreciate most about this dish is its adaptability. You may simply adapt it to your tastes by adding your favourite flavours or spices. Do you want anything spicy? Add some red pepper flakes or a splash of spicy sauce to taste. Want to boost the flavour? Add some garlic or onion powder to taste. The choices are limitless, allowing you to customise the dish to your taste preferences.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides.
  4. Stir in the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  6. Add the broccoli florets to the skillet and stir them into the rice and chicken mixture. Cover the skillet again and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp.
  7. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and mix well until the cheese is melted and incorporated.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

One Pot Sausage and Rice

Hold on tight, because I’m about to introduce you to a recipe that will revolutionize your weeknight dinner game. Ranked at number six on the list of quick and easy one-pot dinner recipes, the One Pot Sausage and Rice has captured my heart and taste buds with its incredible flavors and ease of preparation.

What makes this recipe truly exceptional is the marriage of savory sausage and fluffy rice, dancing together in perfect harmony. Imagine smoky and succulent sausages, seared to perfection, mingling with aromatic onions, bell peppers, and a medley of herbs and spices. As they cook, the flavors meld together, creating a symphony of deliciousness that will leave you craving every last bite.

But here’s where the real magic happens: the rice. The rice absorbs all of the savoury deliciousness while nestled amid the sausages and veggies, converting into a delicate and flavourful sidekick to the lead components. Each bite is a delectable combination of textures and flavours that provides a fulfilling and soothing experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the sliced smoked sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Stir in the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  6. Return the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir it into the rice mixture.
  7. Cover the skillet again and let it sit for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  8. Fluff the rice with a fork and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Chicken Pot Pie Noodle Skillet

Prepare for a gastronomic journey that will take you to a world of warmth and nostalgia. The Chicken Pot Pie Noodle Skillet, which ranks seventh on my list of quick and simple one-pot meal dishes, has won my heart and taste buds with its substantial and soul-warming flavours.

The ability of this recipe to capture the flavour of a classic chicken pot pie and convert it into a practical and fuss-free one-pot marvel is what makes it truly amazing. Consider delicate chicken slices snuggled amid a colourful array of veggies, all cooking in a rich, creamy sauce. But here’s where the magic happens: instead of the customary flaky pastry crust, delicate egg noodles take centre stage, absorbing all of the delectableness and absorbing all of the calories.

What I like best about this dish is how simple it is. Without the effort of spreading out pastry dough or dealing with several pans, you can reproduce the comforting flavours of a chicken pot pie in just one pot. It’s a genuine time saver on those hectic weeknights when you want a nutritious and delicious supper without the extra work.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced carrots, and diced celery to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken and vegetables in the skillet. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and milk, and add the dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Stir in the wide egg noodles, frozen peas, and frozen corn. Mix well to coat everything in the sauce.
  8. Cover the skillet and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked al dente and the vegetables are tender.
  9. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken further.
  10. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, before serving.

One Pot Rigatoni Bolognese

Oh, tell me about this wonderful masterpiece that has a particular place in my gourmet heart – the One Pot Rigatoni Bolognese! This culinary treasure has seized the spotlight for all the right reasons, nestled cosily at the 8th place on the list of 10 Quick and Easy One-Pot Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights.

The symphony of flavours that danced on my mouth grabbed me from the first bite. The thick, velvety Bolognese sauce clings to the ridges of the rigatoni, providing a blast of savoury pleasure with every bite. The strong blend of substantial ground beef, fragrant spices, and acidic tomatoes forms an ensemble that defies categorization.

But what truly sets this dish apart is its ability to whisk away the stress of a hectic day in just one pot. It’s like a magician’s trick, conjuring up a satisfying meal without the burden of countless dirty dishes. As the flavors meld together, filling my kitchen with a tantalizing aroma, I can’t help but appreciate the simplicity and efficiency of this recipe. It allows me to savor a gourmet experience without sacrificing precious time

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Remove any excess grease.
  2. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced carrot, and diced celery to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Stir in the rigatoni pasta and make sure it is submerged in the sauce.
  6. Cover the skillet and cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked al dente and the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  7. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken further.
  8. Serve the One Pot Rigatoni Bolognese hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta with Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 8 oz penne or your favorite pasta
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Chopped fresh basil, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Stir in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes (with their juice), chicken broth, and heavy cream (or half-and-half). Mix everything together.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and add the penne pasta. Stir well to ensure the pasta is submerged in the sauce.
  6. Cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked al dente and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Stir in the fresh spinach and cooked chicken. Mix well until the spinach wilts and the chicken is heated through.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken further.
  10. Serve the One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta with Chicken hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil, if desired.

One Pot Mexican Ground Beef and Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, sliced jalapenos

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Stir in the rice, diced tomatoes (with their juice), black beans, frozen corn, chicken broth (or water), chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve the One Pot Mexican Ground Beef and Rice hot, and garnish with your desired toppings such as shredded cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, or sliced jalapenos.