20 Best One Pot Meals

When life gets hairy, making meals (especially if you have a large family) becomes a hurdle rather than a joy. One pot meals can step in to save the day and help you get dinner on the table quickly and deliciously.

We love one pot meals for their ease, simplicity and flavour. Simmering everything together in one pot allows the flavours to meld beautifully, while creating less work for you save for a bit of stirring.

That’s why we want to share some of our favourite one pot meals today to inspire you to get cooking. Grab a hefty pot instead of a take-out menu and simmer away!

One-Pot Curry Noodles

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One-Pot Curry Noodles by Oh My Veggies

This one pot meal is packed with immune-boosting ingredients like onions, ginger and garlic, and you can play around by adding whatever veggies are in season (or languishing in your fridge). Plus, you don’t even need to pre-cook the noodles – super easy!

Adaptable One Pot Curry

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Adaptable One Pot Curry by Discover Delicious

Learn how to make a tried and true curry using a simple sequence of steps (there’s even an infographic on how to do it). We love when you can adapt a recipe based on what veggies are in your fridge, and this hearty recipe certainly helps us do just that.

Portuguese Pea Stew

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Portuguese Pea Stew by Cocoon Cooks

This stunning recipe was veganized from an old Portuguese classic created by Rita’s grandma. It’s packed with peas, kale and flavour – even the pea-haters in the family will adore it.

Cleaned Up Creamy Butter Chicken

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Cleaned Up Creamy Butter Chicken by That Clean Life (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

You won’t miss butter or cream in the slightest with this heavenly and healthy dairy-free ‘butter’ chicken dish. Go grain-free by pairing it with cauliflower rice, or cook up a batch of your favourite gluten-free grain.

Winter Pistou Soup

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Winter Pistou Soup by Cake + Whisky

A vegetable-rich soup that warm, hearty and budget-friendly. What more could we ask for from our one pot meals? This one certainly ticks off all the boxes.

Chickpea Dumplings in Curry Tomato Sauce

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Chickpea Dumplings in Curry Tomato Sauce by Diet Taste

A protein-rich vegetarian meal with vegan options – plus, this dish has dumplings. Gluten-free dumplings. Amazing, right? We like to sub in different cooking oils in this recipe like olive oil, coconut oil or ghee.

Split Pea Dahl

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Split Pea Dahl by Meghan Telpner (*ACN Founder + Director)

An incredibly thick and creamy dahl recipe that’s packed with anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial spices. Yum!

Dutch Oven Peach + Maple Chicken Thighs

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Dutch Oven Peach + Maple Chicken Thighs by Perchance to Cook

A bright and flavourful Paleo and gluten-free meal that starts out on the stovetop and finishes in the oven. So easy and delish!

One Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

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One Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup by Chew Out Loud

This Paleo recipe is a cross between stuffed peppers and chili. It takes less than an hour to make and you’ll have plenty of leftovers – so it’s one of those one pot meals that keeps on giving!

One Pot Ginger + Greens Miso Ramen

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One Pot Ginger + Greens Miso Ramen by Pumpkin + Peanut Butter

Got 20 minutes? We’re sure you do – and that’s all you need to get this comforting bowl of goodness on the table. Packed with greens and noodles, this one pot meal is likely one you’ll return to over and over.

One Pot Gluten-Free Pasta

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One Pot Gluten-Free Pasta by Sondi Bruner (*ACN Head Program Coach)

Expect those pasta one pot meals won’t work with gluten-free pasta? Think again! They do – but the type of pasta you use matters. Get the scoop on how to make them and grab this 5-ingredient pasta recipe.

1 Pot Red Lentil Chili

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1 Pot Red Lentil Chili by Minimalist Baker

Chili is one of our favourite one pot meals and it’s true there are so many ways to make it. We love this vegan version, which is packed with several different kinds of beans and has a wonderfully smoky flavour.

Sicilian-Style Fish Stew

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Sicilian-Style Fish Stew by The Mediterranean Dish

Pretend you’re in Italy by simmering up a pot of this Sicilian-style fish stew. It’s easy, filling and family-friendly – and works well on its own or when paired with your favourite salad.

Black Chana Cooked in Vegan White Gravy

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Black Chana Cooked in Vegan White Gravy by Cookilicious

Black chana – black chickpeas – are simmered in the creamiest and most delicious coconut cashew gravy. If you can’t find black chana, use regular chickpeas instead!

Ozark-Style Sausage and White Bean Stew

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Ozark-Style Sausage and White Bean Stew by Italian Enough

A super simple and hearty stew that will fill you up after a long day. Be sure to make a double batch of this so you’ll have leftovers!

Instant Pot Indian Curry

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Instant Pot Indian Curry by Juliette Lacroix (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

You’ve probably heard of the magic wonder of the Instant Pot by now, right? Make mealtimes a breeze with this Instant pot curry that Juliette made while on the road traveling North American with her husband and three children.

Moroccan Chickpea Tagine

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Moroccan Chickpea Tagine by In Pursuit of More

A simple and elegant vegan stew that seems fancy, but it’s really not. Serve with your favourite gluten-free grain or skip the grains and just fill up your bowl higher!


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How to Make Kitchari by Ascension Kitchen

The name of this classic Ayurvedic dish literally means ‘mixture’. It’s a wonderfully nourishing meal for when you’re not feeling well, or simply need to feel soothed and grounded.

Southwestern Sweet Potato + Black Bean Skillet

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Southwestern Sweet Potato + Black Bean Skillet by Peach and Plenty

Green Shakshuka

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Green Shakshuka by Happy Kitchen Rocks

We love this twist on traditional tomato-based shakshuka – it’s loaded with spring greens instead. A great way to pack those extra greens into your deay.

20 Best One-Pot Meals