6 one-pot recipes that will feed your whole party
When you’re planning a big bash at your apartment, one of the most important parts of prep is designing the menu. But you don’t have to be a seasoned chef in order to pull off the perfect dinner party. If you have a single pot (or pan) and the ability to follow a recipe, you can master these delicious one-pot dishes, which make enough for every party guest to eat their fill.
- Coconut Chickpea Curry [Recipe Girl]
If you have vegetarians coming to your bash, consider this meat-free dish (you can even swap out the butter for a plant-based oil to make it vegan). It’ll transport the crowd’s tastebuds to India with a mix of aromatic seasonings, including garam masala and ginger, which coat a healthy blend of chickpeas, cauliflower, spinach, and tomatoes. The coconut milk brings a creamy texture to this mild curry.
- Pizza Rigatoni [A Night Owl]
Or you can go the totally opposite direction of healthy and aim for indulgent instead with this pizza rigatoni. This is basically a mix of spaghetti Bolognese and pizza, but with rigatoni standing in for the long, skinny noodle. You start by searing a hearty medley of Italian sausage and pepperoni. Then add marinara, salt, and pepper, plus a box of rigatoni with enough water to create tender pasta. After everything’s hot, take it off the stove and add a thick layer of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Broil the cheesy topcoat until it’s bubbly and golden-brown.
- Spanish Chicken and Rice [Foodiecrush]
This one-pot Spanish chicken and rice might almost remind you of paella, just sans the seafood. Instead, it stars bone-in chicken thighs, Spanish chorizo, long-grain rice, and a rainbow of veggies. Seasoned with saffron, paprika, a bay leaf, and Italian flat-leaf parsley, the complex dish is packed with plenty of flavor.
- Kale, Tomato, and Lemon Spaghetti [Epicurious]
If you love spaghetti but you’re looking for a different way to jazz it up, you’ve found it. This recipe skips the marinara-meatballs combination and instead dresses spaghetti simply with olive oil, sea salt, and parmesan cheese. With tender pieces of nutrient-packed kale or spinach, plump cherry tomatoes, and a dash of lemon zest, this dish explodes with color.
- Simple, Perfect Chili [Food Network]
Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean chili is off the table. It should be very much on the table if you’re concerned about creating an easy and crowd-pleasing meal. Try this one-pot chili recipe to impress your party guests. It contains all the basics: beef, beans, tomato sauce. But your friends will be delighted when you break out cheddar cheese, chopped onions, lime wedges, and tortilla chips to set up a DIY chili topping bar.
- Roasted Sausages and Sweet Potato White Bean Stew [Country Living]
If none of these one-pot meals sounds hearty enough for you and your crew, here’s one more option: a filling sausage-sweet potato stew. The combination of protein-packed pork sausage and white beans, carb-loaded sweet potatoes, and fiber-rich Swiss chard results in a perfectly balanced meal that can squash even the most voracious appetite.