4 Lazy and Clever One-Pot Recipes

Just had a hectic day at work? An exhausting day at school? A delicious meal is exactly what you deserve,...

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J ust had a hectic day at work? An exhausting day at school? A delicious meal is exactly what you deserve, but just the thought of all that work in the kitchen can make you ten times as tired as you were before you even started cooking. But there’s a solution to that!

The best part about one-pot recipes is, you guessed it, the drastic decrease in the number of dishes you have to wash once you’re done cooking. Only one pot has been used, and you still have a delicious, well deserved meal on the table. If you want, you can even eat directly from the pot and leave no plates to wash in the sink!

Let’s dig into some of our favorites.

Note: The following recipes feed 3 to 4 people, adjust ingredients accordingly.

Beef Taco Skillet


½ lb ground beef

1-ounce canned black beans

1 large-sized tomato

4 ounces tortilla chips

½ cup shredded cheese

1 green onion

1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own taco seasoning)

How to make it:

Slice the green onions and dice the tomato into small-sized cubes.

Pour one tbsp of oil into a skillet and stirfry the tomatoes until they begin to soften.

Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook over medium heat until beef is thoroughly cooked.

Add the black beans and taco seasoning to the skillet.

Combine, mix, and cook the ingredients for another two minutes. The meat should be properly and thoroughly cooked.

Add tortilla chips and combine with the mixture

Sprinkle shredded cheese and allow it to melt

Garnish with green onions and serve.

Cajun Chicken Pasta


Pasta (Penne or Linguine, your choice)

1 packet cajun seasoning


Olive oil

½ kg chicken breast, cubed

1 diced onion

2 cups chicken broth

⅓ cup cream cheese

3 minced garlic cloves

How to make it:

Coat the cubed chicken breast with cajun seasoning and set aside.

In a saucepan, melt butter until it is frothy.

Add seasoned chicken cubes and cook until both sides of the chicken have the same color.

Add onions and chopped garlic and allow them to cook until they soften.

Now, add the chicken broth and uncooked pasta, cover the pan with a lid.

Bring the heat down to low and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked.

At this point, the sauce will have reduced to a thick consistency.

Add the cream cheese and mix well.

Serve after garnishing with green onions.

One-pot spinach alfredo


1 cup fettuccine pasta

1 large onion

1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

3 minced garlic cloves

1.2 kgs chicken breast

1 ½ cup heavy cream

600g ricotta cheese

⅔ cup parmesan cheese (grated)

Chopped chives

Chopped parsley

Fresh thyme leaves

How to make it:

In a saucepan, heat oil and put onion and garlic, stir fry them until they are golden and the onion starts to soften.

Add chicken and thyme and free until golden on both sides.

Add almost ¾ cups of water, and raw fettuccine into the saucepan and cook until the fettuccine is perfectly cooked. 

Add chopped herbs and cheese to the pan and stir until everything is combined.


One-pot Italian Chicken


4 chicken breast fillets

4 garlic cloves, sliced.

Butter and olive oil.

⅓ cup white wine

½ cup chicken stock

60g spinach leaves

1 cup basil leaves

½ cup sundried tomatoes

½ cup sliced bell pepper.

Crusty/ french bread.

How to make it:

Season the chicken as you prefer.

Heat oil and butter in a pan until it is frothy, add the seasoned chicken to it.

Cook on both sides properly until it is thoroughly cooked, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

Add garlic cloves and stirfry until they become aromatic. Add the tomatoes and bell peppers and keep frying.

Add cream, white wine, and broth. Simmer with the lid on until it has a creamy consistency.

Once the sauce is creamy, add spinach and cook it until it wrinkles.

Season with basil leaves.

Add the sauce to the chicken on a separate plate.

Serve with crusty or french bread,

These delicious recipes take less time, use up fewer utensils, but taste like a gourmet meal. One-pot recipes are truly a winner. You can never go wrong with them! Take out your skillet and saucepan now and whip yourself up a hearty one-pot meal.

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