10 Easy One Pan Dinners To Make this Week

Nov 2, 2022

A simple one pan, one skillet or one pot meal makes cleanup a breeze and allows the ingredients to mix and mingle together into a delicious, flavorful dish.

Perfect for fall, one pot dinners are also easy weeknight meals for busy schedules and when you need a fuss-free option that’s quick and simple to make. Whether your go-to cooking vessel is a cast iron skillet, sheet pan or pressure cooker, these recipes will help you mix up your menu all season long.

Check out our list of 10 easy one pan dinners to make this week:

One Skillet Chicken and Mushroom Orzo with Tarragon Sauce Recipe

Earthy cremini and shiitake mushrooms complement the tarragon, red pepper flakes, garlic and shallots in this one pot dish, which comes together in a little over 30 minutes. The orzo is cooked alongside all the other ingredients in a skillet with a bit of white wine and chicken broth, absorbing all the savory flavors of the chicken and spices in the process.

At the end, a touch of cream, Romano and Parmesan tie everything together for an ultra-comforting one pot chicken dinner.

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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Vegetables

For a quick and hearty vegetarian one pot meal, this gnocchi sheet pan dinner checks all the boxes.

Blistered cherry tomatoes and bell peppers add a bit of sweetness to this dish, which mixes perfectly with an array of Italian spices. While one pan meals offer easy cleanup already, you can keep your scrubbing to a minimum by using a silicone baking mat, many of which are even dishwasher safe.

Serve over a bed of arugula and garnish with fresh basil and shaved parmesan for a quick weeknight meal that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

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Sausage Kale Pasta with Mascarpone Sauce

Pasta dishes where you can cook dry noodles directly in with the other ingredients—without needing to drain any liquid—are some of our favorite recipes.

This easy one pot pasta dish cooks in white wine and chicken broth, combining fragrant ingredients like Italian sausage, smoked paprika and garam masala to kick the flavor up a notch. Mascarpone is slowly folded in toward the end to add another level of creamy richness, making this a perfect one pot dinner for a chilly fall night.

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Panang Coconut Curry with Shrimp

Spice up your weeknight with a 15-minute curry recipe bursting with flavor from ingredients like coconut milk, lemongrass, lime, fresh herbs and fresh veggies.

Using a pressure cooker, this super easy one pot recipe concentrates the flavor and cooks all the ingredients much quicker than other methods, so you can whip up this meal after work or on school nights when you’re short on time.

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Stir-Fried Turkey in Lettuce Wraps

Stir-fry meals are great for busy nights when you want something flavorful and quick—and don’t want to dirty up more than one pan.

This easy one pot recipe boasts fresh ingredients like shaved carrots, cucumbers and minced ginger, which pair perfectly with traditional Asian sauces that are incorporated in this dish. Serve with Bibb, Boston, or iceberg lettuce for a low-carb option or over rice if you want to stretch this meal even further.

*While this recipe originally used a GreenPan induction burner, it can easily be made on a regular stove.

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Crispy Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Made on a single sheet pan and packed with flavor, this crispy chicken and veggie recipe will soon be a new family favorite.

Panko breadcrumbs give this chicken a delicious texture, which complements the tender, roasted Brussels sprouts and golden potatoes. Top with bacon and a drizzle of balsamic for an extra level of flavor.

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Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes

Indulge in a juicy steak on a weeknight with this easy one pot dinner recipe.

You’ll cook the mushrooms and tomatoes in the leftover butter and juices of your steak, so they absorb all the savory, umami flavors. You could even add some diced potatoes before the other veggies are sautéed for another filling complement to this dish.

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Cioppino Seafood Stew

Mix up your weeknight meals with a hearty seafood stew featuring shrimp, mussels and your favorite white fish (we love it with red snapper or cod).

Mixed together in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, the seafood soaks up the rich tomato base and the bold flavors of fennel and Italian spices to create a hearty one pot meal that’s great paired with a crispy bread or French baguette.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken & Orzo with Spring Vegetables

When we can whip up crispy, herb-roasted chicken and a belly-warming, creamy orzo, all in less than 30-minutes, well that’s a winner in our book!

This rustic classic is laden with notes of lemon juice and basil mingling with the crisp flavors of roasted chicken and fresh veggies. It’s filling, bright and perfect for a chilly weeknight meal.

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Veggie Chili

Jam-packed with veggies and loaded with warm spices, this is one chili dish that’s sure to please vegetarians and meat-lovers alike!

Two types of beans and lentils stuff this chili with protein while dashes of chile pepper, cumin and paprika lend a healthy dose of heat. This hearty chili is great on its own, but we recommend serving it atop a baked potato with a dollop of sour cream. Yum!

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Looking for more dinner inspiration? Check out Sur La Table’s Recipes for main courses, side dishes, and other mealtime favorites.  

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