Easy one pot dinners: Healthy one pot meal ideas and recipes

One-pot recipes for easy cooking, including a one-pot roast chicken with lemon and sage, Rachel Khoo's spring lamb stew and an all-in-one fry up

One pot dinners
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We've got lots of easy one pot meals to choose from including some vegetarian one pot dinner options too!

Time-saving and less washing up, what's not to love about one pot recipes? You can make lots of different dinners in just one pot. From classics like one-pot roast chicken and sausage stews to things you might not think could be a one pot recipe, like pasta or couscous dishes. Our easy one-pot meals are perfect as a midweek meal or for a lazy weekend dinner.

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, one of our one-pot meals is sure to appeal. All you have to do is chop up your veg, prepare your meat and pop all into a pan or casserole pot and get cooking. Whether its on the hob or in the oven, these one pot dinners will make family dinner time that little bit easier.

There are a variety of ways to cook a one pot meal. The best ways to cook your one pot dinner however is in the oven, on the hob or in a slow cooker. If you opt for the hob, the bigger the pan the better. This means you can guarantee that all of your ingredients are going to fit in. Plus you won't have to cook them in separate pans - leading to more dreaded washing up.

If you're choosing to cook your one pot recipe in the oven, a deep high sided tray is usually the best option. The high sides will make sure there are no overflow or spillages whilst your dish is being cooked.

And last but not least, the slow cooker. The best slow cookers (opens in new tab) are a great option if you'd like to be getting on with other things whilst your dinner cooks in the background. You put all your ingredients in, follow the instructions on the machine, and ta-dah, dinner is served.

One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca

One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca

Make this easy one-pot tuna pasta bake with punchy tuna, capers and tomatoes and topped wth a cheesy crumb as a feast for all the family (and less than 500 calories per portion!).

Get the recipe: One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca (opens in new tab)

One-pot sage and lemon roast chicken

One-pot sage and lemon roast chicken

One-pot sage and lemon roast chicken makes an easy roast chicken recipe in one dish, so you get all the flavours together but hardly any washing up. It's a modern take on a Sunday roast and one that requires a lot less effort.

Get the recipe: One-pot sage and lemon roast chicken (opens in new tab)

Spanish chicken with beans

homemade sauces for chicken

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Spicy chorizo, succulent chicken and soft cannellini beans make this one-pot Spanish chicken with beans extra special. The perfect weekend treat for the whole family and ready in under 1hr.

Get the recipe: Spanish chicken with beans (opens in new tab)

Pork and prune casserole

Pork and prune casserole

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This slow-cooked pork and prune casserole is easy to prepare and well worth the wait whilst its cooks slowly on

the hob. The prunes add a sweet flavour to the dish which really

compliments the pork.

Get the recipe: Pork and prune casserole (opens in new tab)

Rachel Khoo's spring lamb stew

Rachel Khoo's spring lamb stew

We just love this spring lamb stew by Rachel Khoo. We'd happily make this dish all year round thanks to its easy method and simple vegetables including carrots, pea and green beans. Lamb has never tasted so good!

Get the recipe: Rachel Khoo's Spring lamb stew (opens in new tab)

Quick farmhouse fry-up

Quick farmhouse fry-up recipe

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You can cook this quick farmhouse fry-up in one pan on the hob. It only takes 30 mins to whip up and is packed with spinach, potatoes and mushroom. Healthy and delicious!

Get the recipe: Quick farmhouse fry-up (opens in new tab)

Slow-cooked squash and sweetcorn korma

One pot dinners

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Let your slow cooker do all the hard work for you with this mouth-watering squash and sweetcorn korma recipe. Ideal for vegetarians, this tasty curry is left to cook slowly for 2hrs 30 mins making it extra flavoursome.

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Coq au vin

Coq au vin

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This classic coq au vin can be cooked in the oven on a low heat or cooked in your slow cooker. Either way, it's oozing with flavour thanks to the smoked lardons, shallots and garlic. Add a splash of red wine and some tender chicken portions and you've got a weekend favourite!

Get the recipe: Coq au vin (opens in new tab)

British asparagus pilaf

British asparagus pilaf

Make the most of asparagus with this delicious family sized pilaf. Just add everything into one pan, give it a good stir and stick back and relax. This dish is flavoured with onion, garlic and fresh sprigs of thyme.

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Slimming World's chilli with rice

Slimming World's chilli with rice

With a homemade tomato sauce, fresh chillies and extra-lean beef mince, this recipe is delicious and healthy all in one.

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Sausage and bean stew

Sausage and bean stew

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This easy one-pot sausage and bean stew only needs five ingredients! Just buy good-quality sausages, onions, tomato and herb sauce, butter beans and fresh herbs and you're all sorted for a hearty stew.

Get the recipe: Sausage and bean stew (opens in new tab)

Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese

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Ok, so this mac 'n' cheese is technically not a one-pot wonder but if you prepare the white sauce a day in advance and you opt for fresh macaroni you can pop this pasta bake into the oven to cook at its own accord. Try it for yourself!

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Morrocan tomatoes

Morrocan tomatoes

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A hearty breakfast or healthy lunch, this Moroccan tomatoes recipe is ready in just 15 mins. This one-pot wonder brings tomatoes, asparagus, tomato and egg together and serves 2 very lucky people.

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Classic paella

Classic paella

Transport yourself to the Spanish seaside with this classic paella recipe. Follow our step-by-step method to make this dish packed with fresh fish, soft rice and infused with chorizo.

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Slow-cooked duck cassoulet

Slow-cooked duck cassoulet

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Have you ever had slow-cooked duck before? This delicious one-pot can be cooked in your slow cooker for succulent pieces of duck every time. Prepare this dish in advance and leave to cook for up to 6hrs.

Get the recipe: Slow-cooked duck cassoulet (opens in new tab)

One-pot pork chops

One-pot pork chops

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Make light work of pork with this one-pot pork chops recipe. Marinate them beforehand then roast with veg and seasoning - easy!

Get the recipe: One pot pork chops (opens in new tab)

Pork and apple bake

Pork and apple bake

You only need seven ingredients to make this hearty pork and apple bake and it's ready in just under an hour. Dried sage is fine if you can't get hold of fresh.

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One-pot sausage and rice

One-pot sausage and rice

This one-pot sausage and rice meal is similar to a jambalaya. With spiced pork, pepper and tender sausage, this tasty meal is sure to go down a storm with the rest of the family ? plus you get to save on the washing up too!

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One-pot chicken pepper bake

One-pot chicken pepper bake

This healthy one-pot chicken pepper bake is top of our list to make. It's really simple, chucking handfuls of ingredients into a pan and leaving them to stew for about 40 mins. Tender and bursting with flavour, you really must try this chicken thigh recipe.

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Provencal chicken wings

Provencal chicken wings

This provencal chicken wings recipe would make the ideal starter or sharing dish for the family. It's a great way to add some extra flavour into your chicken wings by letting the oven cook them slow and steadily.

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Spicy Caribbean sausages

One pot dinners

This Spicy Caribbean sausages is quick and easy to make, taking just 10 minutes to prepare before you pop the whole tray in the oven. Meaty sausages are cooked together with sweet potatoes, mango and fresh herbs for a flavour-packed take on a sausage recipe, with no fuss.

Get the recipe: Spicy Caribbean sausage recipe (opens in new tab)

Weight Watchers Cajun chicken

Weight Watchers Cajun chicken

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Weight Watchers Cajun chicken is a one-pot wonder that takes just 15 minutes to prep and brings two of our favourites together, chicken and rice. Each tender cut of chicken is infused with cajun spice, so every bite is bursting with flavour.

Get the recipe: Weight Watchers Cajun chicken

One-pot sausage and squash roast

One-pot sausage and squash roast, low calorie meals

423 cals/26g fat per portion

You can prepare this one-pot sausage and squash roast in just 10 minutes. All roasted together the sausages, squash and new potatoes are infused in paprika, drizzled in lemon and finished with creme fraiche.

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One-pot Italian-style mussels

One-pot Italian-style mussels

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This delicious one-pot Italian-style mussels recipe is really easy to whip up. Bursting with flavour, thanks to the anchovies, oilves and garlic. We'd recommend serving with skinny chips or a small slice of bread.

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Pinch of Nom Cuban beef

Pinch of Nom Cuban beef

This simple one-pot cuban beef recipe from Pinch of Nom can be cooked on the hob or in your slow cooker. The dish combines the gentle heat of cuban spices with tender beef to bring a multitude of flavours your family will fall in love with.

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