Have you noticed just how much we like one-pot recipes? After a long day, we love the simplicity and ease of preparing a meal that comes together in just one pot, skillet, or sheet pan. And while these streamlined meal options work well any time of the year, they seem even more apt in the autumn. As the nights draw in and everyone looks forward to a cozy dinner, our favorite one-pot recipes for fall help you get a warming, comforting meal on the table without creating a mountain of dishes in the process.
The options are many and all are delicious. Some, like the Chicken, Collard Greens, and Sweet Potato Stew that’s pictured here, cook on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven. Others, like our irresistible Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles, cook on the stovetop but in a large skillet. And then there are sheet-pan dinners, like Roasted Sausages with Cabbage and Squash, where the protein and the vegetables cook together on a rimmed (always rimmed, which ensures that nothing falls off!) baking sheet. Another reason to turn the oven on is for a one-pan recipe that cooks in a baking dish; our Roasted Salmon with Red Cabbage and Potatoes is the perfect example. And don’t forget the Instant Pot or multicooker, which are two more simple ways cook dinner in one vessel. We have tasty recipes for both.
Whether it’s cooked on the stovetop, in the oven, or in an Instant Pot, the main benefit of a one-pan dinner is that you’re getting a filling and family-friendly meal on the table with less fuss. All the recipes in this collection take an hour or less to make, and while the recipes are less speedy than spring or summer options might be, you’ll find that most of the time they require is hands off; the pan simmers gently on the stove or dinner roasts in the oven while you can tackle other tasks or sit back and relax. If that’s not the best route to dinner, we don’t know what is.