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One Pan Cooking Ideas

Updated on April 13, 2016

I plan and prepare all of the evening meals at home and there are those days when you want something quick and simple, not just to prepare but to clean up afterwards. To help with that, I have been working on a variety of one-pan or one-dish recipes that are quick to prepare, easy to cook, and easy to clean up after.

Here are just a couple of the dishes I have found over the years. I hope that you enjoy them as much as my family does.

One Pan Goulash

This is an unbaked casserole with pasta that is made in one pan. Easy to prepare and clean up.


  • 1 pound ground beef or pork (optional)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney or black beans (2 cans if skipping the meat).
  • 1 cup frozen corn (or other vegetable)
  • 8 ounces Velveeta or other cheese, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of your favorite pasta (I like Rotini for this dish)
  • 1 cup water

Brown the hamburger with a little cooking oil or butter. Add all other ingredients except for water and pasta and bring to a boil. When the cheese and butter is melted, add the uncooked pasta and water then simmer for 20 minutes.

One-Pan Jambalaya

This recipe has a lot of ingredients and takes a little time to prepare, but it always goes over well in my house.


  • 1 Red Pepper – Chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper – Chopped
  • 1 Zucchini - Chopped
  • 1 White Onion – Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Pressed
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper – optional
  • ¼ tsp. Oregano
  • ¼ tsp. Thyme
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 lb. Smoked Ham – Cubed
  • 1 lb. Pre-cooked Shrimp
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • Juice from 1 lime.

If using frozen shrimp, start thawing the shrimp in a colander in your sink first. Put olive oil in a large pan, then chop the peppers, onion and zucchini and add to the pan along with garlic and other spices. Add the tomato paste, broth, ham and rice to the pan. Stir together and cook on medium for 20 minutes. Add thawed shrimp and cook another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

More Ideas

I would love to hear some of your ideas for quick and simple one-pan dishes. I will be adding more cooking ideas as time permits. Don't forget to also read my Cooking by Feel hub for some ideas and recipes that were just thrown together.


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