I love one-pot Dutch oven meals. They’re easy to make and leave you with only one pot to clean at the end. My Dutch ovens are prized possessions because they’re perfect for hearty meals in the winter. You can raise short ribs, roast chicken, or make your favorite stew all in a Dutch oven!
If you’re wondering just what a Dutch oven is, it’s a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Many are made from cast iron and are enameled. They range in price, but you can find very affordable options at stores like Target and Walmart. Don’t be afraid of a high price tag, though, since Dutch ovens are a good investment because they last forever. Mine has lasted for over 15 years!
Dutch ovens go from your stovetop to the oven and can even be used on a campfire. They are the workhorse of the kitchen and are often used to cook soups, stews, and even cobblers. Their tight-fitting lids lend to braising and slow cooking on the stovetop. If you don’t yet have a Dutch oven at home, I highly recommend adding one to your kitchen and trying these seven best Dutch oven recipes I’ve ever had!
1. Thai Coconut Chicken Quinoa Pot
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeño, finely minced (optional)
- 1 inch ginger root, peeled and finely minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 cup snap peas
- 1-2 Tablespoons chopped basil
- 1-2 Tablespoons chopped cashews (optional)
- In a Dutch oven, heat oil on medium high heat. Add chicken and stir fry until cooked on outside. Remove chicken.
- Add red pepper and onion, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir in jalapeño, ginger, and garlic with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add chicken back to the pot and mix in the quinoa, coconut milk, broth, red curry paste, brown sugar and lime zest. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until moisture is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
- Toss in the snap peas and basil and season with kosher salt, black pepper. Serve with sliced limes and cashews.
- Season chicken before you cook with salt and pepper.
- Pre-cut all your veggies before you start and cooking will be a breeze.
- You can adjust the heat by reducing or eliminating the jalapeño
2. Baked Penne Sausage Pasta
Source: Chew Out Loud
Grab a jar of Ragu®, some hearty sausage, and penne pasta for this delightful one-dish meal. If you’re a cheese lover, feel free to go wild with the mozzarella and Parmesan topping. These simple ingredients melt down into a mouthwatering, melted meal that’s perfect for feeding the whole family.
3. 30-Minute Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili
Source: Pinch of Yum
A spicy, healthy chili that features ground turkey and farro, which is high in protein. Finish off the dish with sour cream, crushed chips, and avocado for a hearty meal that will warm up even the chilliest winter day.
4. One-Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Source: Homemade Interest
Dutch ovens can braise meats like the chicken in this cacciatore. You can make this ahead of time and reheat it just in time for dinner. How easy!
5. One-Pot Lasagna Pasta
Source: Oh, Sweet Basil
Layer no-cook noodles, cheese, spaghetti sauce, and ground beef in your Dutch oven to make lasagna. If you prefer a healthier version, substitute ground turkey.
6. One-Pot Orange-Honey Roast Chicken
Source: Cotter Crunch
This recipe combines two dinner faves, roasted chicken and orange chicken, into a one-pot meal that can be served over rice. But don’t be fooled! This version is healthier than your typical orange chicken and still full of flavor.
7. Apple, Squash & Pork Casserole
Source: The Healthy Foodie
Apples and squash are the perfect pairing to pork in this one-pot casserole. Serve it up on a chilly end-of-winter evening for a hot treat that’s melt-in-your-mouth good!