One Pot Meals for Any Occasion

By Carolyn Stine October 1, 2018 

The best one-pot recipes for when you want to host dinner without dirtying every pot in your kitchen.

We have a confession to make. We’ve been cheating on our SO’s with our slow-cooker. We throw all of our ingredients into it before we leave in the morning, give it a kiss goodbye, and when we get home at the end of the day, nothing beats the smell of dinner hitting us right when we walk in the door (sorry, honey - you smell good too). For those of us who don’t own a slow-cooker, you can recreate this magical experience by tapping into the “one-pot” concept for dinner. We’ve recently been experimenting with bringing the ease and deliciousness of one-pot cooking to our dinner party tables, and it has been a success on all counts. Have your friends supply the apps and dessert, and you can pat yourself on the back for serving a crowd at the end of the night when you *don’t* spend time washing all of your pots and pans. Read on for a one-pot dinner recipe for every entertaining occasion.

Dinner with the In-Laws - Coq au Vin

It is a unilateral rule that a dinner dish with a French name automatically sounds fancy. But our favorite part about this dish is that we get to cook with wine. This classic French peasant dish literally means “chicken with wine,” and is both hearty and universally satisfying. Serve it with sliced baguette to sop up all of the juices (and don’t forget the French red).

Girls Night In - Chickpea Spinach Curry

When the weather cools down, all we seem to want is a big hearty bowl of something warm and comforting. A veggie curry fits the bill every time, and we love that this recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how many ladies you have over. Try this dish with a good, dry Riesling to make it pop.

Couples Night - Paella

Take a virtual trip to the Spanish coast next time you have the crew and their SO’s over for dinner. We love how you can park the entire paella pan in the middle of the table and your friends can help themselves throughout the night. Have them supply the Spanish-themed apps (we like green olives, marcona almonds, and a hunk of manchego), and don’t forget to serve a rioja on the side.

Sunday Sauce - Italian “Gravy”

Sunday night suppers are a tradition in our household, it feels like it starts the week off on a warm note. One of our favorite traditions? A classic, Italian “Sunday gravy,” also known as a big ol’ pot of goodness. Your group may be full until Monday night, but hey, they’ve been warned. Also, spoiler alert - this makes phenomenal leftovers.

Birthday Dinner - Lobster Boil

Host a birthday dinner in style by turning it into a lobster boil! We’re talking the works here - cover your dining room table with brown paper or newspaper, get lobster bibs for your whole crew, and have them get ready to eat with their hands. The lobster, corn, and potatoes, can all be cooked in one big pot and then tossed down the center of the table when ready. Check out how to have a lobster boil in your apartment from the experts at Luke's Lobster.

Monday Night Football - Four Chile Chili

If a hearty pot of chili doesn’t say “fall football,” we just don’t know what does. This is the ultimate crowd pleaser, and is just so good with a cold beer. Get creative with the toppings bar - nothing is off limits! We love Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and fresh chives too!

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