30 One-Pot Meals Kids Your Kids Will Actually Eat

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Sometimes you order takeout as a result of a pizza craving, but more often, it's because you don't want to deal with the hassle of cooking and cleaning up. Nothing is more intimidating after cooking for two hours than a sink full of dishes, especially if you have a sleepy toddler waiting to be tucked into bed. But these one-pot meals your kids will eat take the stress out of meal prep, since you make it all in one convenient container.

It's a well-perpetuated myth that a good dinner takes a lot of time and equipment. One-pot meals prove disprove the misconception, as you can make a delicious meal with one piece of cookware. And you might just be imagining different kinds of pasta, but the variety of recipes you can make with a single dish is surprisingly high, too. From stir-fry to full steak and potato dinners, a pot and a good recipe are your secret recipes to a quick and easy meal.

So read on for 25 one-pot recipes, and give yourself a pat on the back for saving room in the dishwasher for bottles and wine glasses. (No judgement if you still decide to order in, though.)

1. One-Pot Teriyaki Chicken And Rice

A chicken and veggie stir fry is a perfect weeknight go-to, and the surprising mix of soy sauce and brown sugar will hit the spot. Kiddos will love the colorful appearance and the flavors, and you'll love that it's ready in just 35 minutes. Courtesy of Budget Bytes.

Budget Bytes

2. One-Skillet Coffee-Rubbed Steak And Potatoes Dinner

This recipe from Wholefully requires a cast iron skillet, but it's totally worth it for the sear it gives the steak. Paired with Brussels sprouts and Yukon gold potatoes, it's your entire dinner in just 30 minutes, and it's simple enough that the kids will be all about it.


3. 20-Minute Garlic Basil Butter Pasta

Sometimes, simplest is best, but the flavors in this pasta dish created by Half Baked Harvest will make it feel anything but simple. Fresh garlic and pepper combine with butter, pecorino cheese, and tomatoes for restaurant quality taste. Make it on a night you want some easy comfort food.

Half Baked Harvest

4. One-Pot Southwest Chicken And Rice

The best thing about this dish is that it only takes 10 minutes to prep, but it still gives you a full dinner. Courtesy of Mel's Kitchen Cafe, the chicken is packed with garlic, chili powder, and cumin, and the rice, bean, and corn give it an extra kick. Serve it with some salsa, sour cream, and chips, and you're done.

Mel's Kitchen Cafe

5. One-Pot Weeknight Lasagna Soup Recipe

Lasagna soup gives you the flavors you love from the classic dish, but it's a quarter of the work. Recipe by I Am A Food Blog. You just have to throw the ingredients into the pot and stir, and the soup is ready in 20 minutes. Let the kids have some fun by giving them reign over how much cheese they can top their serving with.

I Am A Food Blog

6. One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

All you have to do is say "cheeseburger," and your kids will be waiting at the table for this casserole. Created by No. 2 Pencil, the recipe comes together in 30 minutes, and it's got all the flavors your kiddo's love in a burger — including ketchup. You can choose the cheeseburger toppings of your choice for garnish, so everyone can have their favorites.

No. 2 Pencil

7. One Pot Zucchini Pasta

Vegetarian or gluten-free eaters will love this recipe from Making Thyme For Health. Zucchini noodles act as the base, and the addition of cherry tomatoes and red onions make it a cross between a pasta and a salad. Add red pepper or parmesan cheese for taste.

Making Thyme For Health

8. One-Pot BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Chicken? Check. Bacon? Double check. Barbecue ranch sauce? You know it. Meatloaf and Melodrama's recipe is full of ingredients kids love, and it'll only take you 30 minutes to make. Don't be surprised if it becomes one of your go-to's.

Meatloaf and Melodrama

9. One-Pot Rice And Curried Butternut Squash

Another great vegetarian option, Naturally Ella's rice and squash dish is full of flavorful ingredients your fam will love. The combination of rice and curried squash is super comforting, and you can feel good about serving it because all the ingredients are natural.

Naturally Ella

10. One-Pot Lighter White Chicken Chili

This chicken chili is a healthier take on classic chili, as it uses greek yogurt and white beans. Courtesy of Simply Scratch, you can serve it over chips to make it festive. Bonus: the recipe saves well, so you can have a yummy lunch the next day, too.

Simply Scratch

11. One-Pot Tomato Basil Chicken Rice

Chicken and rice is an easy dinner go-to, so spicing it up with tomatoes and basil just makes sense. Think of it as a spaghetti alternative. Created by Simply Delicious Food.

Simply Delicious Food

12. One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage

Chicken orzo dishes make for excellent comfort food, and this recipe by Table For Two is made to be extra creamy for even more goodness. You can make the whole dish in just 30 minutes.

Table For Two

13. Healthy One-Pot Jambalaya: Shrimp & White Bean

Jambalaya has never been easier thanks to Jen Elizabeth's Journals, which is ready in just 45 minutes. The combination of white beans and shrimp will keep your fam full, and the delicious spices packed into the recipe will make their tastebuds happy.

Jen Elizabeth's Journals

14. One-Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

Fulfill your child's dream of mac n' cheese for dinner with this recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod. The hearty beans make it substantial, and your little ones will love the tomato and cheese taste. You'll be mom of the year after this one.

Two Peas And Their Pod

15. Lemon-y, Artichoke-y, Kale-y One Pot Pasta

I love this recipe for a hot day, as the lemon sauce prevents it from feeling too heavy. And it's a great way to sneak in vegetables if your kids are pickier: hide them under pasta and cheese, and they'll never notice. Recipe by A Cozy Kitchen.

A Cozy Kitchen

16. One-Pot Oven Roasted Bone In Pork Rib Roast with Vegetables

If your kiddos are going through a growth spurt right now, this pork rib recipe will satisfy them. Courtesy of A Pretty Life In The Suburbs, the pork roast cooks in a bed of carrots, onion, and apples covered in olive oil, packing in flavor. It's filling and healthy.

A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

17. One-Pot Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet

This recipe is like a step up from Hamburger Helper, subbing in fresh ingredients for the package you know well. A Spicy Perspective uses surprising ingredients like coconut palm sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar for a tasty dish your kids will definitely want seconds of. It does have hot sauce in it, though, so be careful if your kids aren't crazy about spice.

A Spicy Perspective

18. One-Pot Pork Chops And Vegetables

Pork chops are one of those delicious and consistent foods I love but always forget to make, which is why this recipe from Family Fresh Meals is so great. The pork chop cooks in a bed of onions, carrots, and potatoes, so your whole dinner is ready in one fell swoop. And it's ready in under an hour, saving you time.

Family Fresh Meals

19. One-Pot Penne Pasta With Turkey And Spinach

This dish offers a fun twist on pasta, as the turkey and spinach combo is a lighter alternative to spaghetti and meatballs. Foodie Crush's recipe has almost 20 ingredients, but it still only takes 30 minutes to make. Plus, it'll look familiar to your kids since pasta makes up so much of the dish, so they'll be more than willing to give it a try.

Foodie Crush

20. One-Pot Pizza Pasta

You had me at pizza. This recipe from Five Heart Home has all the ingredients you love from the classic — cheese, pepperoni, sauce, the works — but it has a pasta base instead that allows you to add even more flavors than you could to a normal pizza, including beef broth. You can have this kid-friendly dish ready in just 35 minutes.

Five Heart Home

21. One-Pot Mexican Chicken And Rice

The Mexican seasoning in this recipe make the simple meal feel fancy, but it's actually simpler to make than enchiladas or fajitas would be. Put it together in 15 minutes, let it cook for 35, and you're ready. You could make it on autopilot. Courtesy of Dinner Then Dessert.

Dinner Then Dessert

22. One-Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Tell your kid this soup has bacon in it, and they'll be waiting at the table with a spoon and a napkin tucked into their shirt. But they'll also love all the other ingredients in Mom On Timeout's recipe, as it's designed to be comforting with potatoes, cheese, and sausage. And double meat means it'll keep 'em full. Wins all around.

Mom On Timeout

23. One-Pot Nacho Beef Skillet

Did somebody say nachos? This recipe from Damn Delicious creates recipe quality beef nachos in one pan, all in under 30 minutes. And it has three different kinds of cheese in it, so you know it's gonna be yummy.

Damn Delicious

24. One-Pot Vegetable Thai Red Curry

Make this recipe at home instead of giving in and taking the kids out for Thai food. Courtesy of Making Thyme For Health, the recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and it's packed with delicious veggies your fam will love. And it only takes 30 minutes to make, which is less time than it would take you to get the kids wrangled in the car to go out to dinner. Think about it.

Making Thyme For Health

25. One-Pot Shrimp Pasta

And finally, try this easy peasy shrimp pasta that's full of flavor. It uses Bertolil Sauce for extra flavor and 2 full pounds of fresh shrimp, so you know there will be enough for your hungry little ones. Recipe by Cookies and Cups.

Cookies And Cups

26. One Pot Turkey Chile Relleno Pasta

Using up turkey leftovers doesn’t have to just be a Thanksgiving enterprise. Especially once your kids get a taste of this recipe from A Spicy Perspective. A touch of blistered poblanos brightens up the turkey while a hearty helping of cheddar and cream cheese makes this irresistible to tiny taste-testers.

A Spicy Perspective

27. One Pot Lemon Orzo With Shrimp

Shrimp can be a tough protein to get kids to eat, but tuck it into a decadent one-pot meal from Wholefully of creamy, lemony orzo, and you’ll have a crustacean-loving kid in no time. Top it with feta and parmesan and you’ll have even better leftovers the next day.


28. Leftover Frittata

Clean-out-the-fridge one-pot meals can be weeknight lifesavers. So tuck this one in your back pocket. Domestic Fits uses eggs, bread, and leftover turkey (although you could add any favorite protein) to bake this comfort food meal kids will love.

Domestic Fits

29. One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Creamy, savory, and filling, there’s a reason beef stroganoff has endured for so many years on family tables. Grab a ribeye, cremini mushrooms, and plenty of sour cream, and fill up your hungry crew with this crowd pleaser from i am a food blog.

I Am A Food Blog

30. One Pot Spaghetti & Eggs

Successful one-pot meals are all about optimizing staples. Surely you have spaghetti and eggs already in your kitchen. Pair the two in Damn Delicious’ easy one-pot recipe that capitalizes on kid-favorite pantry items like pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella.

Damn Delicious