35 One-Dish Dinners
Make meal planning easy by preparing one of these tasty one-dish entrées for dinner tonight.
"My family has been making a version of this dish for generations." —chef John Besh
Recipe: Creole Seafood Jambalaya
This dish is a revelation. Throw all of your ingredients into one pot over medium-high heat, and about 25 minutes later you'll have noodles perfectly coated in a luscious tomato-basil sauce.
This top-rated spinach-ravioli lasagna uses convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli, to deliver a delicious main dish with little time and effort on your part.
- Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
Vegetarian or not, you'll love this healthy and satisfying meat-free dish for its delicious sauce: a flavorful combination of creamy peanut butter, fresh ginger and sweet chili sauce.
Recipe: Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry
Not only is this classic spaghetti recipe easy to make, cooking it all in one pot means quick and simple cleanup later.
- Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti
These enchiladas are perfect for weeknights when you're craving Tex-Mex. Look for fresh salsa in the refrigerated section or the deli counter at your supermarket, or feel free to use your favorite jar of tomato salsa.
- Recipe: Easy Enchiladas
This make-ahead Italian brunch casserole features sweet Italian sausage, green onions, diced zucchini, roasted red bell peppers, Italian bread, sharp Cheddar cheese, milk, and of course—eggs. Serve with fresh fruit.
- Recipe: Italian Brunch Casserole
A symbol of Creole cooking, gumbo is ubiquitous in homes and restaurants across Louisiana. Andouille sausage and file powder make this chicken-and-sausage gumbo a classic and, as in any good gumbo, a deep, rich roux thickens the stew.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
Take a break fom the usual chicken and rice combo and make this creamy, hearty seafood casserole.
- Recipe: Shrimp Casserole
Toss pre-made tortellini with chicken and an array of herbs for a palate-pleasing summer salad.
- Recipe: Summer Tortellini Salad
We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Served over a bed of couscous, this colorful Sausage Stir-fry incorporates ingredients such as chopped Granny Smith apples, dried plums, and red and yellow bell peppers to create a unique combination of sweet and savory flavors.
- Recipe: Sausage Stir-fry
This elegant pasta dinner will have your family thinking you worked in the kitchen all day long. The secret, though, is refrigerated ravioli and jarred Alfredo sauce that's heated with white wine, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Top with grated Parmesan cheese for a tasty finishing touch.
Perfect for entertaining, this chicken casserole may take longer to prepare but it's worth the wait. In a hurry? Save time by following our Kitchen Express shortcuts in the recipe directions.
- Recipe: Chicken Casserole D’Iberville
- Recipe: Noodle Bowl
A flavorful cornmeal-based crust is topped with hearty ground beef, tomato paste, and sharp Cheddar cheese in this easy Italian casserole.
Ready in less than 45 minutes, this creamy bow tie pasta recipe combines chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese for a satisfying main dish. Cooking the pasta in the same water that the chicken was cooked in gives the noodles extra flavor—and using just one pot makes for easy cleanup.
- Recipe: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Ready in only 30 minutes, this quick, meatless chili is made with black beans, meatless burger crumbles, and canned tomatoes. You can substitute ground beef for the meatless burger crumbles, if desired. Top with a dollop of sour cream, corn chips, and chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
- Recipe: Black Bean Chili
This easy stir-fry dinner calls for strips of top round steak, fresh asparagus, and classic stir-fry seasonings and vegetables. By cooking your favorite takeout dishes at home, you'll save both money and calories.
- Recipe: Beef-and-Vegetable Stir-Fry
Make homemade ravioli simple by using won ton wrappers found in the produce section of the grocery store. Change the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of dried crushed red pepper.
Make this 30-minute rice and smoked sausage main dish recipe all in one skillet for an easy weeknight meal with very little cleanup.
- Recipe: Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
- Recipe: Southern Tortellini Minestrone
No rolling pin is needed for this pot pie. Refrigerated pie crusts give you a leg up in the preparation of this classic comfort dish.
Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Replace the traditional pastry crust in chicken pot pie with homemade biscuits. These biscuits are made with sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chives, making them just as tasty solo as atop this chicken pot pie.
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve this dish to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
White Lightning Chicken Chili gets its name because it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to get this one-dish meal to the table. Don't drain the chopped green chiles or navy beans. Serve chili with cornbread.
Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili
Chicken, rice, and greens fill one soulful pot in our family-friendly take on a Lowcountry staple. Quick-cooking basmati rice helps turn this recipe into dinner in no time and stays fluffy throughout the entire cooking process.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Elegant and easy, this hearty dish comes with a side and a sauce all-in-one. Be sure to brown the chops well so they'll give the mustardy pan sauce deep flavor.
This winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
"This is an updated version of my favorite dinner as a kid," says Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio. "Cooking the curry powder with the flour brings out the essential oils, making the dish even more flavorful.
Recipe: Curried Shrimp with Peanuts
Reinvent the Caesar by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it, and jazz up store-bought dressing to make it taste like homemade.
Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Cook the orzo like rice, paella-style, on the stove, then top with fish, and bake. Feel free to substitute salmon for any flaky white fish.
Recipe: Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs
Rich, beefy petite tender, the quick-cooking foundation of this stew and a supermarket steak cut from shoulder, looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. Can't find it? Try chuck-eye steak, which has good flavor but needs a little more trimming.
- Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
Smoked ham hocks are inexpensive and give the dish rich flavor; substitute with ham steak if you prefer. This dish defines easy, relaxed cooking, so don't stress over measurements.
This rustic one-pot meal, a company's-coming riff on the old-school chicken-and-rice number, is held together by a tangy gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms. Nutty wild rice helps sop up all the good chicken gravy.