Welcome to a collection of 25 easy one-pot meals that simplify your cooking routine and give you hasslefree weeknight dinner ideas.

These recipes are designed for busy individuals and families who crave delicious, nutritious dishes without the headache of multiple pots and pans.

25 one pot meals with soups and pastas

From comforting stews to vibrant stirfries, each one of these recipes is made with whole-food ingredients so you can enjoy nourishing, homecooked meals.

These one-pot dinners save you time and energy and allow you to enjoy home cooking without the added stress.

So, roll up your sleeves and find your favorite wholesome and hasslefree onepot meal.

1. Zucchini pasta

Zucchini Pasta with a fork

Pasta is an excellent grain for one-pot dishes as it cooks quickly and releases starch, making the sauce creamy.

Zucchini pasta is a convenient and tasty weeknight dinner; creamy, healthy, and easy, this pasta will please the entire family.

TIP: To store it, let the pasta cool down completely, transfer it into an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for two days.

2. Lentil Bolognese

lentil bolognese in a dutch oven

This onepot lentil bolognese is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time, as its flavor improves as the sauce sits in the fridge. It’s a legumebased sauce with an ideal blend of convenience and taste.

The lentils add plant-based protein and fiber to your meal, and it’s delicious when served with pasta, toasted bread, and gnocchi.

3. Chickpea curry

chickpea curry on a plate with rice

Curries are fantastic for meal planning, and this onepot chickpea curry is a 30minute meal with an Indian-inspired spice mix.

TIPIf you want the creamiest curry, blend chickpeas with an immersion blender. That’s a quick trick that makes all the difference.

4. Butternut squash soup

dutch oven full of butternut squash soup

Make this onepot butternut squash soup for a cozy family dinner, or make it ahead and serve it for a quick lunch in the upcoming week.

It’s a healthy, creamy, comforting dish that freezes and stores in the fridge for 4-5 days.

TIP: pair it with crostini, croutons, or roasted chickpeas for a light dinner or appetizer.

5. Lentil vegetable soup

turmeric and potatoes lentil soup

Lentil spinach soup is a healthy onepot meal combining protein-rich lentils with nutrient-packed spinach.

This easy and balanced meal with essential vitamins and fiber is ready in 30 minutes and makes a convenient and satisfying meal.

6. Vegetarian tomato chicken

tofu with tomato sauce

For this vegetarian meal, we use sliced tofu, Italian herbs, and tomato passata, addingquick and tasty base to coat the tofu.

With this oneskillet method, you can enjoy an Italianinspired and proteinrich dinner in about 20 minutes. Serve the tofu with spinach, a house salad, and toasted bread for a complete meal.

7. Pasta e Ceci

pasta a ceci with silver spoon

You’ll love this pasta e ceci (pasta with chickpeas) because it’s easy to make in one pot and just 30 minutes with simple and affordable pantry staples.

Chickpeas are ideal for onepot meals due to their hearty texture and ability to absorb flavors; they add fiber and magnesium and can help control blood sugar.

8. Tuscan soup

Tuscan soup with bread and spoon

Make this hearty and wholesome bean soup from scratch in less than 45 minutes and store it in the refrigerator for several days.

White beans (we use cannellini) are excellent for one-pot soups due to their creamy texture, which naturally thickens the broth and makes the soup extra satisfying.

9. Tofu curry

tofu curry

Here is a vegan and glutenfree curry with tofu, cauliflower, and a rich Indian-inspired spice mix.

Tofu is an excellent addition to one-pot curries because its mild flavor absorbs rich and aromatic spices and adds plantbased protein to your meal.

10. Zaalouk

zaalouk with crusty bread

You can enjoy this Moroccan Zaalouk dip with warm crusty bread, but it’s also delicious on boiled rice as a main dish.

This Mediterranean one-pot meal comes with smoky roasted eggplant, savory spices, and tangy tomatoes that make a hearty and satisfying dish.

11. Red lentil soup

red lentil soup with bread and spoon

Split red lentils are an excellent choice for one-pot meals as they offer a creamy texture and a quick cooking time.

This soup is excellent as an easy weeknight dinner, meal-prep-friendly, and delicious with a slice of toasted bread.

12. Chana masala

Chana masala with rice and yogurt

This one’s an easy one-pot recipe with chickpeas and spices you can make in 30 minutes.

Chana Masala is excellent for a quick and healthy dinner or meal-prepping as it gets better as it sits in the fridge.

13. Pasta e Fagioli

pasta fagioli in a white pot

Pasta e fagioli makes the coziest family meal and an easy one-pot dinner idea.

You can make it with simple and affordable ingredients, yet it tastes fantastic, and it’s incredibly warming and nourishing.

TIP: For a quick version, use canned beans, and you can make this recipe in about 30 minutes.

14. Chickpea stew

Chickpea Stew with pita bread

For this creamy chickpea stew, you need a few spices, staple ingredientsone pot, and about 30 minutes of cooking time.

It’s a flavorful, creamy, nourishing home-cooked meal you can serve with store-bought or homemade pita or Naan bread.

15. Sweet potato chili

Sweet potato chili with white spoon

This onepot sweet potato chili offers Mexican-inspired flavors and a creamy texture.

It’s a wholesome make-ahead dinner that keeps in the fridge for days. Serve the chili with sliced avocado, sour creamlime, and hot sauce. It’s delicious with tortillas and nachos or on boiled whole-grain rice.

16. Lentil curry

Lentil curry red in a silver pot

Lentil curry is an easy, tasty, and healthy meal in one pot with simple ingredients in about 30 minutes.

Our recipe is with split red lentils and makes a simple yet satisfying and flavorful dinner for the whole family.

17. Mushroom risotto

mushroom risotto on a plate

Mushroom risotto is a creamy and tasty one-pot dish that qualifies as Italian comfort food.

TIP: Use a mix of white button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms. You can use most mushroom varieties based on what you can find where you live.

18. Bean stew

bean stew with spoon and bread

Here’s an excellent recipe for a quick and fulfilling weeknight dinner, ready in just over 30 minutes.

This Tuscan bean stew is excellent as a meal prep recipe as it keeps well for days and freezes for up to three months.

TIP: Serve it with rice, couscous, polenta, or a slice of toasted bread.

19. Cauliflower curry

cauliflower curry with chickpeas

Cauliflower curry is so easy and satisfying you’ll want to make it every week.

You need simple ingredients and spices to yield a tasty and creamy dish that simmers together in one pot. Our cauliflower curry with chickpeas is a gluten-free and naturally vegan curry.

20. Split pea soup

Split peas soup with spinach and hand

The next item on our list is an easy one-pot dinner that you can make with protein-rich dried split peas and a few other simple ingredients.

Dried split peas are packed with protein and fiber, perfect for adding hearty thickness and earthy flavor to your onepot meal.

21. Potato leek soup

Potato leek soup with spoon

You will love this potato leek soup because it is easy to make in one pot, with simple ingredients, and in about 30 minutes.

It’s light, healthy, and delicious, with a mouth-watering creamy texture from leek, potatoes, and Greek-style yogurt.

22. Sautèed eggplant

Sautèed eggplant in a bowl

Sautèed eggplant is a delicious Italian-inspired recipe you can eat as an eggplant side dishappetizer, or mixed with pasta for a healthy and delicious meal.

It’s easy to make in one pan on the stovetop in just 20 minutes, and it’s great as a last-minute dinner idea.

23. Yaki Udon

Yaki Udon noodles with vegetables

If you like Asian flavors, you’ll love one pan noodle dish because it’s easy to assemble and excellent as a weeknight dinner.

Our Yaki Udon is ready in about 15 minutes; it’s easy to make at home, nutritious, and with a fragrant Asian sauce.

24. Spinach stew

Chickpea Spinach Stew on rice with spoon

This one-pot spinach stew is excellent with rice or warm pita bread for lunch or dinner, and it’s also a great recipe for meal prep

It’s an easy, healthy, and satisfying dish with spinach, chickpeas, and cumin, making an excellent weeknight dinner or hearty lunch.

25. Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup with silver spoon

We end this list with a white bean vegetable soup that is easy to makeinfinitely tastycomforting, and perfect for meal prep.

It’s excellent to make ahead, perfect for cold winter days, and one of the best meals to feed your family.

More Healthy One-Pot Meals

If you love quick meals with wholesome ingredients, try these onepot meals from around the world:

  • Aloo gobi (one-pan version with cauliflower, turmeric, ginger, garlic, potatoes, etc.)
  • Thai red curry (eggplant, peas, tofu, coconut milk, ginger, chili, etc.)
  • Asian tofu soup (tofu, rice vinegar, zucchini, soy sauce, vegetable broth, etc.)
  • Butternut squash risotto (arborio rice, sage, butternut squash, vegan butter, etc.)
Aloo gobi with cilantro and lemon

For many more dinner ideas, check out our mains category page.

Healthy one pot meals

25 Easy One-Pot Meals

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Zucchini pasta, as in pasta with zucchini, is a creamy and easy one-pot recipe to have as a tasty weeknight dinner for the whole family.
You can make it with grated zucchini, fresh herbs, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, and a dollop of creamy greek or non-dairy yogurt.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Main
Cuisine: American Italian

Equipment

  • Box grater

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups (27 oz) zucchini grated with the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces pasta rotini, fusilli, farfalle, penne, or other
  • 3 cups vegetable broth start with 2 cups or 500 g and add more if necessary
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated, or dairy-free cheese
  • ½ cup greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt
  • ¼ packed cup basil leaves

Garnish with

  • 1 medium lemon the grated zest
  • 2 tablespoons pinenuts

Instructions 

  • Grate the zucchini with the large holes of a box grater.
    6 cups (27 oz) zucchini
    grated zucchini
  • Warm up olive oil in a large skillet, then add finely chopped onion and fry it for 3 minutes.
    Add grated garlic and fry for one more minute.
    Add the shredded zucchini, season them with salt and pepper, and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 yellow onion, 4 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
    Skillet with grated zucchini
  • Add pasta, vegetable broth, and oregano, and cook on medium-low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the pasta is creamy and al dente.
    1 teaspoon oregano, 12 ounces pasta, 3 cups vegetable broth
    pasta and grated zucchini in a skillet
  • Stir occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the dish.
    If the pot dries, add more liquid until the pasta is ready.
    pasta, zucchini and vegetable broth
  • Turn the heat off, taste, and adjust for salt.
    Add grated parmesan cheese (or dairy-free cheese), greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt), and a handful of chopped fresh basil.
    ½ cup parmesan cheese, ½ cup greek yogurt, ¼ packed cup basil leaves
    yogurt, parmesan cheese and zucchini pasta
  • Stir gently until cheese and yogurt melt into the zucchini pasta.
    Zucchini Pasta ready to serve
  • Serve immediately with grated lemon zest and optionally toasted pine nuts.
    1 medium lemon, 2 tablespoons pinenuts
    Zucchini Pasta with a fork

Video

20-minute Zucchini Pasta

Notes

Nutritional information is an estimate for 1 large serving of zucchini pasta out of 4 servings.
VARIATIONS
Check out the “variation” chapter above for more zucchini pasta ideas.
SUBSTITUTIONS
Green zucchini: sub globe zucchini, yellow crookneck, yellow squash, grey zucchini, or other.
Pasta: you can use any pasta shape.
Extra virgin olive oil: sub another vegetable oil.
Oregano: sub dried oregano, fresh or dried thyme, or Italian seasoning.
Vegetable broth: sub water and more salt.
Parmesan: sub pecorino romano or a non-dairy cheese.
Greek yogurt: sub non-dairy yogurt, butter, or non-dairy butter.
Pine nuts: sub pistachios, chopped almonds, or walnuts.
MAKE AHEAD & STORAGE
Make ahead: this one’s not a good recipe to make ahead as the pasta loses its oomph soon after it’s cooked.
Refrigerator: let the pasta cool down completely at room temperature, then transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for two days.
Reheat: warm leftovers in the microwave. Do not reheat multiple times, as the pasta will overcook.
Freezer: this recipe is not suitable for freezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Potassium: 683mg, Dietary Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 398IU, Vitamin B6: 0.4mg, Vitamin C: 39mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 20µg, Calcium: 208mg, Folate: 56µg, Iron: 3mg, Manganese: 2mg, Magnesium: 94mg, Zinc: 3mg
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