Welcome to my 101 One Pan Meals. 101 delicious one pan meals that are perfect for lazy mid-week cooking and perfect for if you have had a hard day at work and you want something quick before you head to the couch for your evening of Netflix.
Did someone say one pan meals? Like throw everything into one pan and then it will cook with limited washing up? Well I am there with bells and whistles on.
Dominic and I was chatting the other day about his cookery skills and mine. I would class myself as being able to pass the first couple of rounds of MasterChef but could never win it.
This is because I lack confidence. I mean I REALLY lack confidence. I don’t know it when I am good at something and will always play down my cooking. This means I would go on a show like MasterChef and eventually end up getting flustered and not knowing what to do and say.
Dominic also considers that I am a messy cook and that I am not good at cooking quick.
But what he did say, is that I am a better cook than him and with him on hand in the kitchen doing my prep, clearing up after me, that we are a dream double act. Then when we are photographing recipes he will take the photos with my Digital Camera and I will choose the accessories and the style of the photo that I want.
But one thing that does speed me up (by a LOT) is one pot cooking. Whether it is a one pan meal, a skillet, the Instant Pot, the Airfryer or a traybake, it makes me at the speed of lightening. I am suddenly really good it and you wouldn’t think I was an amateur.
That is why I wanted to put 101 one pan meals together for you. I am sure there are more people out there like me. The ones that make a lot of washing up, that get flustered under pressure, that would be useless in a professional kitchen due to speed and confidence and that are crying out for more one pan meals.
Well this is for you and me!
Start with these beautiful pans (and I mean they are really beautiful, aren’t they?) and browse through the 101 one pan recipes below and let’s get cooking:
One Pan Meals For Beginners
Are you a beginner at cooking? Have you just left home? Or have you always lived off processed foods and need to see the error of your ways? Well these beginner one pan recipes are perfect for you.
Let’s start with how to make alfredo sauce in just 3 minutes. Because if you are new to cooking then you will want the easiest cheese sauce you can find and THIS IS IT.
Or this oriental beef is perfect for if you have some minced beef and you have no idea what to do with it. Plus it is one of those dishes that can be done with any pan, from skillet to saucepan to wok.
Here are some more delicious one pan beginner recipes:
- 20 Minute Beef Stroganoff
- Chicken Fricassee
- Lemon Basil Chicken
- One Pan Easy Garlic Mussels
- One Pot Jerk Chicken Curry
- One Pot Moroccan Couscous
- Easy Chilli Con Carne
- 20 Minute Chicken Korma
- Hawaiian Pulled Chicken
- Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- Quick Gnocchi Dinner
- One Pot Korean Meatball Chow Mein
- One Pan Spaghetti
- Cajun Sausage Gnocchi
- Quick One Pan Chicken & Vegetables
- One Pan Spinach & Artichoke Pasta
- Chicken & Bean Chilli
- One Pot Tuna Pasta Recipe
One Pan Pasta Meals
We all need fast pasta dishes cooked in one pan in our lives. Pasta is the ultimate comfort food and then add a sauce or some quick veg and you have dinner of your dreams.
If you want pasta, then it must start with this very simple pasta in a cheese sauce. Loved by many of people around the world we should all learn to cook this!
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Or how about this amazing spaghetti recipe that you can make in your one pan while you’re away camping with the kids?
Here are some more pasta meals:
- Chicken Pasta & Tomato Sauce
- 15 Minute Taco Pasta
- One Pan Cajun Chicken Pasta
- One Pot Bruschetta Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Red Pepper Pasta Pot
- One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- One Pan Turkey Pasta
- One Pot Taco Pasta
- Skillet Bow Tie Pasta
- Stovetop Skillet Lasagne
- One Pot Turkey Alfredo
One Pan Vegetarian Pasta Meals
Or if you are a vegetarian or just love pasta that is loaded with vegetables, then you need our collection of vegetarian one pot pasta dishes.
- One Pan Chickpea Pasta
- Creamy Green Sauce Tagliatelle
- One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
- One Pot Tomato & Basil Pasta
- One Pan Bow Tie Pasta
- Vegetarian One Pan Pasta
- Vegetable Pasta Ragu
One Pan Rice Meals
I absolutely love rice. Not that it always loves me. It tends to stick to my abs like glue. But when I was a carb loving moment then nothing beats rice.
I first visited the Gambia when I was 9 and it was where I was when I properly learned how to swim. One day I would love to take my kids there and show them true African culture. In the mean time I love to make them One Pot Gambian Rice.
Some people make the art of cooking paella look so complicated. Well this is EXACTLY how you can do it in less than 30 minutes!
Here are some more one pot rice ideas:
- Chorizo & Rice Skillet
- Sausage & Rice Casserole
- Spanish Chicken & Rice Skillet
- Skillet Cheesy Chicken & Rice
- Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup
But I am loving this Mexican Chicken & Rice cooked in the skillet from Well Plated. I mean seriously, don’t you just want to dive straight in?
One Pan Family Meals
Are you a mama like me? Where there is this mad crazy rush of things to do and then heaven forbid, you have dinner to get on the table too?
Well these quick one pan family meals are perfect for you. Easy, nutritious and your kids will love you for making them for them.
I love a good Homemade Hamburger Helper and it is perfect for making for you to have with your kids when they come home from school.
If you get bored of the hamburger helper there is always this Cabbage Skillet Pizza as a Plan B.
Here are even more delicious family one pan meals:
- Skillet Lasagne
- Italian Roasted Chicken Thighs
- Glazed Chicken Thighs
- Skillet Chicken & Mushrooms
- One Pan Cheesy Chicken Skillet
- 30 Minute Chicken Tuscan Skillet
- Skillet Rosemary Bread & Potatoes
Pan Fried Meals
Don’t we just love pan fried meals? The idea that we can throw everything in one pan, cook it to perfection and serve. I love chicken thighs in one pan with lots of garlic and my other true favourite is chicken in a mustard sauce. All easy and quick.
Let’s start with Simple Pan Fried Chicken & Vegetable Recipe. It is delicious and you just need a pan and an addiction to chicken and garlic.
I keep staring at this Frying Pan Fish Crumble from my fellow Brit because I just want to eat it right now. It looks so good and so reminds me of growing up in Yorkshire.
Or if you love pork then I suggest you check out this delicious looking Pan Fried Pork & Tomatoes.
Other delicious pan fried meals:
One Pan Skillet Meals
I love skillet cooking. It is simple, it is rustic and it tastes amazing. Plus there is so much choice with what you can do with a cast iron skillet.
My all-time favourite skillet recipe starts with a Spanish Omelette. Something that I have had many, many times on holiday in Spain and always is my first choice whenever I am at a Spanish Tapas Bar.
Or when I look at this crispy skillet chicken I just end up feeling starving hungry, even if I have just eaten when I look at it.
After this it has to be cookie dough skillet. Not technically a dinner, but seriously you must cook this in your skillet for dessert!
Or if you love desserts then you must also try this mixed berry skillet. Just looking at it and I am craving it!
But what I really love is these delicious looking pancakes made in the skillet. You can see why the creator calls them ultimate when you look at them!
Other One Pan Skillet Recipes
- Spiralized Sweet Potato Enchilada Skillet
- Chilli Mac Skillet
- Cabbage Beef Skillet
- Mushroom & Cabbage Wraps
- Skillet Cowboy Beans
- Skillet Roasted Game
- Kale & Bacon Skillet
- Pork & Squash Skillet
- Mushroom & Beef Stroganoff Skillet
- Rosemary Skillet Chicken
- Skillet Chorizo Cabbage Rolls
- Potato & Sausage Breakfast Skillet
- Quick Vegetable Broth (in the skillet)
Chicken Skillet Meals
Or if chicken skillet is your thing, then I highly recommend that you check out these delicious chicken skillet recipes below:
- Simple Chicken & Tomatoes
- Chicken Skillet & Cajun Potatoes
- Skillet Honey Mustard Chicken
- Skillet Lemon Chicken
- Chicken & Chickpea Skillet
- One Pan Chicken Skillet
- Sweet Potato & Chicken Skillet
Healthy One Pan Recipes
I would let my life revolve around cookie dough and pasta dishes in my one pan, but in reality it is hardly healthy for us. Of course we need some healthy food to balance it out and that is why I have put together this healthy section of one pan meals.
I love this Bolognese that is over spaghetti squash. It is on my bucket list to try spaghetti squash, but unfortunately it is not available here in Portugal. But one day I will make it my mission to try it.
If you love cauliflower rice in one pot, then I suggest you start with this recipe that shows you how to make cauliflower rice, then follow it on with guide that shows you how to make a cauliflower rice risotto.
Other one pan healthy recipes include:
- Healthy Balsamic Chicken Skillet
- One Pan Chicken & Veg
- One Pan Mediterranean Rice
- Low Carb Greek Lemon Chicken
- Baked Egg Skillet
- Curried Butternut Squash & Chicken Curry
- One Pot Vietnamese Stew
- One Pot Mexican Taco Filling
- Pork Chops In Sour Cream Gravy
- Sweet Potato Quinoa
The Best Ever 4 Pans To Buy
There is always a big question over what pans you should have in your kitchen for day to day use for today’s busy cook. We all have unique needs and will all like different food, so where should you start?
Well these are the pans that you should get first:
My number #1 choice is always a good skillet. A skillet is perfect for a whole range of recipes and you will notice that a lot of the recipes that we have featured are cooked in a skillet. You can use them for desserts, frittatas, simple pan fried chicken and so much more. With the design of this particular pan though, it is perfect for a wok too or as a paella pan for cooking paella in.
#2 Small Saucepan
We all need a good small saucepan don’t we? In the Milner household we use ours the most to warm up milk for our under 3s, but they are also an amazing cooking tool. If you have a small amount of cooking to do, then you should turn to your baby saucepan first.
#3 Medium Saucepan
The medium saucepan can do a lot too. I use it a lot for making soup, a homemade tomato sauce or for just heating up leftover food. It is also fantastic for pan fried food or for using in a homemade pasta dish. When we head to the beach in the summer we will use our medium pan for making a tuna pasta salad.
#4 Large Saucepan
Finally, is the big boy. This is for when we are cooking for all five of us and we want to make sure there is enough food to go around. After all we have a very hungry teenage boy that never ever seems full! I have a habit of overfilling my pans and then food flying out onto the floor, but thanks to this one, my floor if food free!
Thank you for reading our top 101 One Pan Meals. We hope that it has inspired you to get your pans out and get cooking delicious easy meals in one pan. Also a HUGE thank you to Lake Industries and the Hot Dots Cookware range.