The allure of a one-pot recipe is strong: It’s hard to argue with a dinner that is hearty, filling, and satisfying without the addition of any side dishes. Of course, practically any meal could be rounded out with a salad and a loaf of bread, but on nights when you don’t have the time or energy to expend, any one of these meals will do the trick and then some. Most of our one-pot dinner recipes include a protein, vegetable, and starch, and all of them can stand on their own as a complete meal. Perhaps best of all, each of these recipes comes together fast—they’ll be on the table in just 30 minutes.
There are stews that boast surprisingly complex flavor for having just simmered for a half hour; sheet-pan suppers where everything cooks on the same pan (sometimes in stages); and skillet suppers that have you use the same pan to cook the protein and vegetables. One meal we love is the dish shown here: Sumac-Dusted Salmon with Broccolini, a simple sheet pan dinner that stars salmon fillets, crunchy croutons, garlicky broccolini, and quartered oranges, all livened up with sumac, a spice popular across the Middle-East. It brings a tart and tangy flavor, adding depth that can be otherwise hard to achieve in just a half hour.
Armed with these recipes (as well as one pot, skillet, or sheet pan), you can get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or even less. What more could a busy cook ask for?