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10 One-Pot Comfort Food Recipes to Feed Your Army

Chicken mushroom orzo from Damn Delicious, two bowls of baked potato soup by Sugar Spun Run, and pork chops with apples and onion by The Chunky Chef.
Damn Delicious/Sugar Spun Run/The Chunky Chef

Whether it’s a chilly spring evening and you need something to warm you up, or you’ve just had a rough day, any of these 10 one-pot recipes are the cure! Nothing makes things right faster than a big old pot of comfort food.

From complex to simple, all of the recipes we’ve selected have one thing in common: comfort. So, pull out that fancy Dutch oven and get ready to fill your home with the ambrosial aromas of your favorite home-cooked classics.

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

Two bowls of creamy baked potato soup loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon bits and fresh chopped green onions with scattered toppings and warm crusty bread on the side.
Sugar Spun Run

If you love baked potatoes as much as we do, then you’ll have to give this creamy potato soup a try. Loaded with bacon, cheese, and hearty chunks of potato, this gratifying meal will is sure to fill you up.

It might also add a few inches to that waistline, but hey, it’s worth it to enjoy such deliciousness.

Get the Recipe: Sugar Spun Run

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

A Dutch oven full of chicken Parmesan pasts, and a serving of the meal on a black plate.
The Chunky Chef

Here’s a scrumptious opportunity to enjoy all the delicious flavors of a classic chicken parmesan dinner, minus 10 steps and 10 dishes. Rather than breading and frying, then putting the dish in your oven, you’ll learn to create it in one pot.

Because there’s no breading involved, the author over at The Chunky Chef recommends adding toasted panko breadcrumbs on top to satisfy that crunch you might crave. It’s so easy to make—you don’t even have to cook the pasta separately! This one is sure to please the crowd.

Get the Recipe: The Chunky Chef

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

A casserole dish full of stuffed pepper casserole and a spoonful of it.
Damn Delicious

Stuffed peppers are another traditional treat that are kind of a pain to put together, especially when your time is limited. Thanks to this recipe, though, you can enjoy the flavors of your favorite childhood meal without all the fuss.

Simply cook up your ground beef, add onion and garlic, then stir in your bell peppers. Tomatoes, chiles, seasoning, and rice follow, then you let your stovetop do the rest. You’ll love this meaty, cheesy one-pot casserole so much, you’ll make it over and over again.

Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious

Jambalaya

All the jambalaya ingredients in a skillet, and a plate full of the finished dish.
Dinner at the Zoo

Okra and the aromatic holy trinity meet andouille sausage and shrimp in this New Orleans classic. You’ll find various recipes for Jambalaya online, although the locals in the French Quarter have specific steps and ingredients that make it truly authentic.

Like most of the other recipes here, you’ll find the soul-satisfying flavors are married using quality seasonings and fresh ingredients. This Creole rendition of the delicious stew-like rice dish uses a combination of red, green, and yellow bell peppers, and crushed tomatoes. This red jambalaya will surely end everyone’s day on a yummy note.

Get the Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

Chicken Alfredo

A skillet full of fettuccini alfredo with sliced chicken breast on top next to a dish of chopped parsley.
RecipeTinEats

A good alfredo sauce boasts a rich, velvety texture, while also presenting all the buttery and nutty flavors you love in a cream sauce. It has just the right mouthfeel and a gratifying taste that’ll have you scraping the bottom of your pasta bowl with some bread.

How does one create such a sauce in a one-pot meal, without making a gooey unappealing texture? Well, Nagi over at Recipe Tin Eats took the time to experiment until she discovered just the right texture and flavor in this Fettuccini Alfredo One-pot recipe. Try it out yourself!

Get the Recipe: RecipeTinEats

Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

A Staub Dutch oven filled with Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.
Damn Delicious

If you love a creamy rice or pasta dish, this orzo skillet meal is one you can’t pass up. To get these tender, golden-brown chicken thighs, they’re cooked in a gorgeous cream-based sauce, then paired with creminis and baby spinach.

It’s a win-win for anyone looking for restaurant-worthy results from the comfort of their own kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

A serving plate full of pork chops and apples and one serving on a plate with pan sauce being drizzled on top.
The Chunky Chef

While pork chops and apples tend to fall under the autumn recipe category, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy these comforting foods any time of year. In less than half an hour, and using only one deep skillet, you’ll have a sweet, savory meal for the whole fam.

The soft red onion combined with the tart al dente apple slices pair perfectly with the hearty chops. If you aren’t a fan of pork, feel free to substitute chicken—just be sure it’s cooked all the way through before serving.

Get the Recipe: The Chunky Chef

Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup filled with greens, carrots, corn kernels, and chicken.
Cafe Delites

Sometimes, the best meals are those childhood classics, like chicken noodle soup. When’s the last time you whipped up a homemade batch of this brothy chicken and veggie soup, anyway?

This recipe calls for some extra ingredients, like corn and spinach, but still contains the traditional flavors you love most.

Get the Recipe: Cafe Delites

Mexican Rice Casserole

A cast-iron skillet full of Mexican rice casserole.
The Salty Marshmallow

Enjoy the pleasure of yet another home-cooked skillet meal that’ll be dinner-table ready in just under 30 minutes. This casserole meal is filled with ground beef, corn, salsa, and all the taco seasonings you love most.

There’s also little prep or cleanup required! Enjoy this casserole with a side of tortilla chips and some fresh guac.

Get the Recipe: The Salty Marshmallow

Bacon Mac and Cheese

A casserole dish full of bacon mac and cheese and a bowl full of it.
Dinner at the Zoo

Bacon with macaroni and cheese is a match made in heaven. Don’t believe us? Just try this recipe! The briny bits of bacon add an ideal crunch to that cavatappi pasta sopped in velvety cheddar cheese sauce.

After cooking your slices of bacon, you make a quick roux with leftover fat, then just add some milk, water, and pasta. Finish it off with some seasoning and shredded cheese, and you’ve got yourself one crowding-pleasing supper.

Get the Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo


Now that we’ve got you drooling, be sure to share your fave recipes with your friends, too!

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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