21 Delicious One-Pot Dinners for Easy Entertaining

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Photo: William Meppem

A sensational dinner doesn't require a sinkful of dirty dishes. Each of these 21 comforting recipes can be made in a single dish, which means they're low on maintenance and big on flavor. Many of the meals here are also freezer-friendly, so we recommend doubling up on ingredients and freezing half for (even busier) weeknights: all you'll have to do is defrost.

We've included the classics like chicken soup, beef stew, and mashed potatoes, plus plenty of fresh takes on one-pot meals like chicken taco soup you'll make in a slow cooker, curried chicken with ginger and yogurt, and pork chops with chard and white beans. As delicious as each of these easy dinners are, the true gift comes at the end of the meal when you only have one pot to clean. Suddenly, playing hostess for the whole family during the holidays doesn't seem so bad.

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Spiced Lamb Meatball and Swiss Chard Stew

Spiced Lamb Meatball and Swiss Chard Stew
Roland Bello

These easy-to-make meatballs are spiced with paprika and cumin, which will add depth and richness to a simple store-bought stock. Serve with a handful of fresh greens and orzo for a no-fuss one-pot meal.

Get the recipe: Spiced Lamb Meatball and Swiss Chard Stew

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Chicken Taco Soup

Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Jennifer Causey

This slow-cooker chicken taco soup tastes delicious with toppings like fresh-cut herbs, grilled corn, shredded cheese, and tomatoes.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

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Lentil and Kielbasa Stew

Lentil and Kielbasa Stew in Two Large Soup Bowls With Spoons
Roland Bello

Here, spicy kielbasa and protein-packed lentils go from bag to bowl in under an hour—no soaking required. If you have leftovers (which is unlikely), this stew will freeze very well.

Get the recipe: Lentil and Kielbasa Stew

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
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The benefit of cooking mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot? It frees up stove space for other parts of your meal, and there's no issue of water boiling over the edges of a pot and making a complete mess. They taste rich and delicious, too.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Classic Chicken Soup

Passover Recipes: Classic Chicken Soup
Anna Williams

It wouldn't be a proper one-pot recipe roundup without instructions for how to make classic chicken soup. This simple yet satisfying dish takes only 15 minutes of prep time and is the ultimate cold weather cure-all.

Get the recipe: Classic Chicken Soup.

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Mustard-Roasted Chicken With Vegetables

Mustard-Roasted Chicken With Vegetables
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Roast chicken is the ultimate comfort food. This aromatic rendition gets a delicious upgrade from coarse-ground mustard, fennel, carrots, onions, and fresh thyme leaves.

Get the recipe: Mustard-Roasted Chicken With Vegetables

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Pork Chops With Chard and White Beans

Pork Chops With Chard and White Beans
Marcus Nilsson

Stir a little red wine vinegar into the cooked chard before serving to add a bright tang.

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Beef and Shallot Stew

Beef and Shallot Stew
William Meppem

This hearty one-pot stew might be short on ingredients, but it's long on deep, satisfying flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken With Ginger and Yogurt

Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken With Ginger and Yogurt
José Picayo

If you like your curry extra spicy, you can turn up the heat in this delicious dish by adding an extra pinch of cayenne pepper. The rice cooks in a separate pot, but everything else comes together in a single pot.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken With Ginger and Yogurt

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
David Prince

Thanks to a rich sauce and plenty of spice, this classic Indian dish is perfect as a winter weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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Baked Cod and Chorizo

Baked Cod and Chorizo
William Meppem

Start the meal in an ovenproof skillet on the stovetop, then add the fish and bake in the oven until the cod is cooked through.

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Chicken Riesling

Chicken Riesling
William Meppem

This take on classic coq au vin gets its flavor from aromatic, fruity Riesling wine.

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Lamb Tagine With Couscous

Lamb Tagine With Couscous
William Meppem

Season the lamb with paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon to add authentic Moroccan accents.

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup
William Meppem

Serve the soup with fresh avocados, cilantro, and lime juice to give it a Mexican flair.

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Halibut With Tomato, Orange, and Dill

Halibut With Tomato, Orange, and Dill
John Kernick

Olives, oranges, and tomatoes lend a bright, sunny bite to the mild halibut.

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Slow-Cooker Lamb, Apricot, and Olive Tagine

Slow-Cooker Lamb, Apricot, and Olive Tagine
Marcus Nilsson

This delicious dish gets its Moroccan kick from paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and ginger.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Lamb, Apricot, and Olive Tagine

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Feta Chicken With Zucchini

Feta Chicken With Zucchini
John Kernick

Salty, crumbly Feta and sliced lemon wake up roasted chicken.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Christopher Baker

Dried apricots play up the roasted fennel's sweetness, providing a delicious contrast to the bacon-wrapped pork.

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Linguine With Spicy Shrimp

Linguine With Spicy Shrimp
Marcus Nilsson

Crushed red pepper, garlic, and lemon zest give this dish plenty of zing.

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Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata

Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata
Marcus Nilsson

Round out this meal—great for a light dinner, lunch, or brunch—with a simple green salad and country bread.

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