So here’s the thing: even when you absolutely love cooking, sometimes the prospect of a pile of dishes to wash is enough to leave you reaching for the take-out menu.

One-pot recipes are a shining light for those days when you want something healthy and homemade with the least possible fuss. It’s a good idea to have at least one one-pot vegetarian and one-pot chicken recipe in your repertoire to call on for just such an occasion, and you’ll find something to suit everyone here.

One-pan Singapore noodles with vegetables in white bowls.

One Pan Singapore Noodles

One pan Singapore noodles is a simple, healthy, heart warming dish, perfect for the coming winter evenings!

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Chicken, tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes cooked in a baking pan to make sheetpan chicken.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Potatoes

A super easy all-in-one dinner. The potatoes go in the oven first, while you mix and season the chicken pieces, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and onions. Then it all comes together for a balanced, healthy meal.

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A one-pot chicken noodle miso soup served in a blue bowl.

Chicken Noodle Miso Soup

Miso paste gives this comforting favorite a Japanese umami upgrade — and it’s ready in just 12 minutes. This recipe uses cooked chicken, so it’s a great chance to use up leftovers from a roast.

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A one-pot vegetarian recipe made with curried cauliflower and nuts served in a bowl.

One Pot Curried Cauliflower with Lentils and Rice

Packed with hearty vegetables, lentils and rice, this easy dish has a spicy kick. With crunchy toasted cashew nuts and a fresh cilantro, it’s a simple meal that’s full of flavor.

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One-pan hungarian chicken with paprika, served in a white bowl with a spoon.

One-Pan Hungarian Paprika Chicken

This is a simple one-pan chicken recipe generously flavored with sweet, mild paprika. Serve this quick take on a Hungarian dish with rice, scattered with fresh parsley.
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A one-pot chicken, chili and orange stir fry served in a blue bowl.

Beef, Chili & Orange Stir-Fry

Ditch the takeout and give this tasty 10-minute beef stir-fry a try. The freshness of the spring onions and heat of the ginger add balance to this sweet, flavorsome dish.

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One-pot lentil curry served in a dish.

One-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup

A simple and warming one-pot vegetarian recipe from Minimalist Baker that’s ready in just 30 minutes. 

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A bowl of one-pot chicken and lemon stew.

Sunshine Lemon Chicken Stew

Light, healthy and full of flavor, this is a great go-to dinner. Serve it as is or with potatoes, rice, or quinoa. So fragrant and delicious that nobody will believe you made it well in under an hour.

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Top down shot of one-pan pasta, cooked vegetarian recipe with tomatoes and spaghetti.

One Pan Pasta

This vegetarian one-pot wonder from Donal Skehan sees both pasta and sauce all cooked in the one pan resulting in perfectly al dente spaghetti wrapped in a silky spinach and tomato sauce.

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A bowl of one-pot kale and quinoa pilaf served in a white bowl held by a hand.

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

Even if you’re not a fan of kale, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this easy dish. The creamy goats cheese lightly coats the quinoa and kale, with a little crunch from the pine nuts. This super-nutritious dish is a real crowd-pleaser.

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One-pot chicken, chorizo, lentils and vegetables cooked and served in a white bowl.

One Pot Chicken and Chorizo with Lentils

A quick and easy one-pot recipe for Spanish chicken, chorizo and lentil stew. Serve with a nice crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce.

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A bowl of one-pot chilli chicken topped with avocado.

Chilli Chicken One-Pot

This spicy one-pot chicken recipe from BBC Good Food can be made in advance and reheated on the stove for an easy crowd-pleaser. The spicy chorizo and chili are balanced out with some cooling avocado.

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