One-Pot Meals for when you Don’t want to Cook

One-Pot Meals for when you Don’t want to Cook


There’s nothing worse than coming home from work after a long day to realize you’ve got nothing to eat. There’s always the old standby of ordering food, but that adds up quick – both money and calories. Instead of speed-dialing your favorite Italian restaurant down the block, try one of these recipes so simple anyone can become an instant chef.

We’ve rounded up some yummy options for those lazy nights – plus, they’re all made in just one pot or pan. What could be easier?

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

There’s no better comfort food than lasagna. Here, Carlsbad Cravings has made the usually-complicated, layered dish is made easy as can be with a deconstructed format. This delicious soup is perfectly hearty for the lingering cold days, but works just as well for the summer months when you’re looking for something filling. Go ahead, get cooking.

Lemon Herb Chicken

Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

One pot meals don’t have to mean just pasta. Thanks to Creme De La Crumb, in just 30 minutes, you can have a delicious, well-balanced meal with only one dish to wash. Just cook the chicken, add the rice and voila! You’re all set. Who needs take out, anyway?

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Budget Bytes is one of my favorite food bloggers – and she’s done it again. Plus this meal is as easy as it gets. You basically throw all of the ingredients into the pot, stir it a few times, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner. And she even estimates that it is only 72 cents per serving. Bring on the savings.


Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls

I’m a Chipotle addict, so it’s no surprise this quick meal made the list. This combo of cooked beef, cheese and salsa is a burrito lover’s dream. Just top with your favorite burrito bowl fixings – think lettuce, sour cream and gauc – and you’re good to go. Bonus: it serves up to 8, so invite some friends or enjoy the leftovers.

Thai Peanut Chicken

Thai Peanut Pasta

If you’re jonesing for some authentic Asian flavors, look no further. This noodle dish is an easier version of pad thai, but with just as much flavor. Toss it all in the pot, let it simmer, and enjoy.

A copywriter by trade, Hannah spends her free time writing and blogging about her favorite things - food, fashion and travel. Though a Pittsburgh native, she now calls The Big Apple her home. Hannah chronicles her time exploring New York City on her blog, The Naturalized New Yorker. Follow along with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • They all sound yummy…especially the burrito bowls:)

  • These are a great batch of recipes. That lasagna soup looks SOOO good!