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Terrific One Pot Meals

Updated on April 27, 2014

There's nothing better than a one pot meal. Why you might ask. Well, for starters, they're easy and quick to make. In this day and age anything that makes your day go smoother is a good thing. One pot meals are known for their nutritious and filling qualities. Not only that they provide you with an easy way to get more vegetables in your diet.

At the end of a long day when you need it the most you'll be glad you decided that a one pot meal was the way to go. You can bake them, slow cook them or cook them on top of your stove. You can do most of the preparation the night before for the stove or oven versions that way when you get home all you have to do is take a few moments, put the finishing touches and let it cook itself. Meanwhile you can sit and have a cup of coffee or tea, or take a long relaxing shower. If you choose the slow cooker method, well, you have it made. All day while you are working you dinner will be bubbling. When you open your front door that evening the aroma will make you glad you chose this method.

I put together a few recipes that will be sure to please your family. I know they pleased mine. Happy cooking.

One Pot Meals Recipes
One Pot Meals Recipes

Zucchini-Chicken Bake


1 tbsp margarine, melted

12 oz pkg chicken stuffing mix

4 zucchini, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

2 stalks of celery

3 cups chicken, chopped

10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1 onion, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine margarine and stuffing mix and spoon half of the mixture in a 13" x 9" baking dish.

Layer zucchini, carrots, celery and chicken over stuffing and set aside.

Mix soup, sour cream, and onion together and spoon over chicken.

Top with remaining stuffing.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Great served with a green salad and a roll.


Hobo Bake


1 1/2 lbs ground chuck

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp crazy mixed up salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

3 large potatoes, sliced

1 onion, sliced

3 carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces

olive oil


Combine ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce, salt, papper and minced garlic, shape into 6 patties.

Place each patty onto it's own 18 to 20 inch length of foil.

Divide potatos, onions, and carrots evenly and place on each patty.

Sprinkle with olive oil and wrap tightly. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for one hour.


Lip-Smacking Chicken


6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup (10 3/4 oz each)

1 1/4 cup milk

4 carrots, sliced

4 celery stalks, sliced

1 1/2 cups brocolli flowerets

1 pkg dry onion soup mix


3 to 4 cups prepared rice or noodles


Mix together all ingredients except for rice or noodles in a crock pot or slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

When finished cooking serve over rice or noodles.

For those of you who prefer dark meat chicken, replace the chicken breasts with 7 boneless, skinless chick thighs.


Crockpot Sausage and Sauerkraut


5 to 6 carrots, thickly sliced

3 stalks celery, thickly sliced

6 potatoes, coarsely chopped

28 oz saurekraut, drained

2 1/2 to 3 lbs polish or smoked sausage, cut into 3 inch ppieces

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp seasoned salt


Layer carrots, celery, potatoes, sauerkraut and sausage in a crockpot or slow cooker.

Combine onion, garlic, broth, pepper and seasoned salt. and pour over sausage.

Cover and heat on low for 8 to 10 hours.


Skillet Ham and Noodles


2 cups water

1 can chicken broth (10 3/4 oz

8 oz pkg wide egg noodles, uncooked

1 cup frozen corn

1/2 onion, chopped

1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 oz)

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp seasoned salt


Bring water and broth to a boil and stir in noodles.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add corn and onion.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, until noodles are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Add soup, cheese, and milk; mix well.

Stir in ham and pepper and heat through.


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Suzie HQ. I love one pot meals. It's quick, easy, and as you said economical. Thanks for the rating.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi KoffeeKlatchGals,

      Really loved this hub and your recipe ideas and instructions were brilliant! These are also great ideas when budgeting and saving pennies. I love these kinds of ideas for using up vegetables and having a few cans of soup handy is something I must do now! Loved the first one with stuffing and will definitely bookmark for trying out. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing on!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tina, I'm right there with you. One pot meals are the best.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      One pot meals is what I am best at. LOL

      Really I do like one pot meals the best. Less dishes. Stick it on the stove and let her go

      Thank you for all the great ideas.


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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the one pot meals myself wordscribe43. I make them alot with my students. It drives them crazy smelling it cook all day until finally they get to try it.

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      Elsie Nelson 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      You know, one pot meals and I are very compatible... for many reasons. I really love using my crockpot, actually. Nothing better than the wonderful smells emanating from the kitchen all day. Plus, making meals in the morning works so much better for me and our family. We are so busy in the evenings with sports, homework, reading, showers, etc... Anyway, you have some great recipes here. I have a hobo dinner recipe myself that I love.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You'll love it Suzie. Thanks for visiting.

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      These look great, I'm so excited to try to "Lip-smacking chicken"!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tipoague, I love the one pot meals. They're so easy both to make and to clean up. Thanks.

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      Hmmm, I'm hungry now...Great recipes! I will pass these on. Someone was just asking me the other day for some easy one pot meals. Thanks!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Karen. There's nothing better than one pot meals.

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      Karen N 7 years ago from United States

      Delicious recipes, I've tried the Chicken zucchini bake and loved it!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Anytime MPG, glad to be of help. You are right, thses one pot meals are certainly family friendly.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great family recipes, love them. One pot meals are great for busy working parents, thank KK Gals.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for stopping in Polly, and thanks for the comment.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Sounds great, I love one pot meals!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Specialk. I'm a fan of the easy one pot meals - I love recipes that let you throw all of the ingredients into one pot. It makes clean-up so easy.

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      Yum...I'm bookmarking these for this winter. We love one pot meals and soups!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      myawn, I'm with you - I love one pot meals. I hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for stopping in.

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      The chicken meal sounds good to me. I like one pot meals easy to cook and clean up too.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      europewalker, these seem to be most people's kind of meals these days. We sall seem to be so busy that there is no time left to cook, weather we like to or not. Thanks for stopping in.

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      europewalker 7 years ago

      Helpful hub. Those are my kind of meals. I don't like to cook, but I can do one pot meals!