8 One-Pot Recipes for Easy Weeknight Family Meals

8 One-Pot Recipes for Easy Weeknight Family Meals

Save on effort and washing up by cooking these easy one-pot recipes the whole family will love! Enjoy crowd-pleasing roasts, casseroles, pasta dishes, and soups. We’ve got delicious one-pot meals that NZ families will find please even the fussiest eaters.


Fresh thyme and chicken one-pan pie 

Fresh thyme and chicken dishes are the ultimate comfort food for a cold winter night. Add leek to create a creamy texture, while garlic and thyme pack in the flavour. Switch up the recipe and add some broccoli or a handful of spinach for extra veg. You’ll have everyone salivating when this hits the table!


One-pot creamy sundried tomato pasta

Relish the tangy flavours of a satisfying sundried tomato pasta recipe. Combining cream cheese and milk will result in a smooth, creamy sauce. Then, add your favourite pasta and sundried tomatoes. You can prepare this recipe vegetarian-style or throw in some cooked chicken.

One-tray lamb kofte with chickpeas and feta cheese

Kofte are Turkish meatballs that make hearty and filling dishes. To make the kofte balls, combine lamb or beef mince, grated onion, garlic, spices, and chopped parsley. Roll into balls, place on a baking dish, and pop in the oven for 10 minutes. Add some heirloom tomatoes and chickpeas and bake until the tomatoes blister. Create a dipping sauce from yoghurt, sliced cucumber, feta, and chopped parsley. Serve with rice or hummus and pita bread. 


Lentil, barley, and veggie winter soup 

There are many delicious and comforting winter soup recipes perfect for feeding one or many. In a large saucepan, sauté chopped onion, garlic, carrot, celery, and herbs in melted butter until the onions soften. Add stock, water, lentils, and barley. Continue cooking until the barley and lentils are tender. Top the soup bowls with a dollop of yoghurt and chopped parsley, and voila, you’ve got a fulfilling, delicious meal. Serve with some warm crusty bread. You can make this recipe in advance and freeze any leftovers. 

One-pot wonder breakfast 

Serving breakfast dishes for dinner is an excellent way to shake things up! Grab a baking dish and add slices of sweet potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Cook some bacon, mince or sausage meat, and season. Pour the mince over the veggies, then add in beaten eggs. Cover and cook in the oven for 45 minutes. A delicious one-pot wonder breakfast can satisfy the whole family and minimises clean up.


Pork pot roast with red cabbage, apples, and prunes 

Pot roasts are a Sunday tradition enjoyed by many families all over New Zealand and can often be a messy affair. But they don’t have to be! Start by searing the pork roast in a casserole dish, then remove and set aside. Slice and cook red cabbage, apples, prunes, and onion, and throw in your favourite herbs for extra flavour. Place the roast in the centre of the vegetables and pour over some red wine. Cover and simmer on the stove for an hour until the meat is cooked through. Allow to rest and then serve!

One-pan crispy spaghetti and chicken 

Shake up traditional spaghetti recipes and try this flavour-packed one-pan dish. Cook chicken thighs in an oven-proof pan, add sliced onion, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme, and cook until fragrant and browned. Then, add spaghetti with enough boiling water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover and pop in the oven until the liquid has absorbed. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and parmesan over the top and drizzle with oil. Remove the lid and place under the grill until the food looks nice and crispy.

Vegetarian Mexican bean and potato bake 

A vegetarian Mexican bean and potato bake is a satisfying dish cooked in one pot loaded with fresh veggies. First, you’ll want to sauté cubed potatoes until cooked. Next, add whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as capsicum, mushrooms, and zucchini. Stir in some spices and a tin of tomatoes, then add pinto, kidney, or black beans. Continue cooking until the beans and veggies are cooked to your liking. Finally, sprinkle on some grated mozzarella, and put the dish back in the oven uncovered until your food is hot and melty.



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