11 Easy One-Pot Meals on a Budget

You can’t go wrong with a one-pot meal. All it takes is just one dish, pan, or pot—and dinner’s done. One-pot meals let you spend less time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up and more time with your family. Plus, they’re usually very affordable, about $2 per serving, and cook in about 30 minutes or less. Here are eleven delicious and cost-effective one-pot recipes.

1. Pressure Cooker One-Pot Oktoberfest

With a pressure cooker, you can sear the bratwurst and steam the vegetables quickly in one pot. Get the taste of Bavaria right at home.


Quick Cooker One-Pot Oktoberfest
Pressure Cooker One-Pot Oktoberfest


2. Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Instead of mashed potatoes, this recipe is topped with cauliflower puree made in the Deluxe Cooking Blender. Perfect when you’re in the mood for a meaty, comfort-food classic.


Cauliflower Shepherds Pie
Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie


3. Hidden Veggie Marinara Pasta

The Deluxe Cooking Blender makes it easy to sneak carrots and zucchini into this family favorite. For a thicker sauce, drain the tomatoes before adding to the puree.


Hidden Veggie Marinara Pasta
Hidden Veggie Marinara Pasta


4. Flank Steak Tacos

Up your taco game by turning them into a sheet-pan meal. Baking steak over veggies lets the marinade drip onto the vegetables which adds great flavor without leaving vegetables soggy or sitting in extra liquid.


Flank Steak Tacos
Flank Steak Tacos


5. Pressure Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta

This recipe comes together quickly in a pressure cooker. After you get a quick sear on the chicken in the inner pot of the pressure cooker, you toss all of the ingredients together, including the uncooked pasta, hit a button, and wait for dinner to be done.


Quick Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Pressure Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta


6. Egg Roll in a Bowl

This dish is the perfect one-pot recipe for families with hectic schedules and very little time to cook because you can make it in just 20 minutes in a nonstick skillet. The recipe includes all of the flavors of an egg roll but with a healthier twist.


Egg Roll in a Bowl
Egg Roll in a Bowl


7. Beef Stroganoff & Green Bean Casserole

Put a modern spin on two classic dishes by combining them into one meal that’s packed with major flavor. This dish will be your new go-to weeknight dinner. It requires minimal prep work and comes together in just 20 minutes in a microwaveable pan.

8. Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You can make this meal in under 30 minutes in the microwave with a piece of stoneware. The chipotle rub adds a kick of southwestern flavor while the chicken, black beans, and corn round out the filling. Top off the dish with a zesty homemade sauce made of Greek yogurt, chipotle rub, and fresh lime juice.


Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


9. Chicken Pot Pie Chowder

This recipe puts a twist on a hearty classic. Buttermilk biscuits replace the traditional pie crust, and frozen veggies cut down the prep time. Cook all the ingredients in one pot and forget about the cleanup!


Chicken Pot Pie Chowder
Chicken Pot Pie Chowder


10. White Bean, Kale & Sausage Stew

Nothing says comfort more than a hearty stew. This must-try recipe combines fiber-packed kale and white beans with spicy Italian sausage. It’s easy to prepare and cooks in under 30 minutes in a Dutch oven on the stovetop.


White Bean, Kale & Sausage Stew
White Bean, Kale & Sausage Stew


11. Spinach & Feta Chicken

This Greek-inspired recipe might become your new favorite. With just one sheet pan, you can transform a regular chicken dinner into a delicious and flavorful meal by adding tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese. You can top them off with a creamy, tzatziki sauce to elevate the taste.


Spinach & Feta Chicken
Spinach & Feta Chicken


Which recipes are you going to add to your weeknight dinner rotation?

This post has been updated since its original publication in September 2017.

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30 Responses to 11 Easy One-Pot Meals on a Budget

  1. Emily Carroll September 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    All look delicious & easy!

  2. Mary Reter September 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Would like to have the complete recipes for 5 easy one pot meals. How can I get them

    • Pampered Chef September 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Mary,
      The text above each image contains links to the recipes. Enjoy!

    • Kasey Jackson October 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

      Seasons best cookbook for $2.00 or go to recipes on pamperedchef.com and look up under recipes.

    • Dawn DeWall October 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

      You can go pamperedchef.com, click on recipes and search for the recipe you want. It is free and printable.

    • Carmy October 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

      Just click on the name of the recipe and the recipe pops right up!

  3. Angela zimerla September 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Mmmmm white bean sounds great

  4. Gloria Spivey-Larrance September 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    We made the Chicken Pot Pie Chowder on saturday at my PC Party and it was very good! Everyone liked the ease in prep as well as quick to make. One side note, we all agreed we’ll add more seasonings. But overall, this is one quick dish for the upcoming cold weather!

    • tammy carreiro October 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      i totally agree gloria!! …. I made for TEAM meeting and a show this week …. i added two stalks of celery, 1 good sized potato, our dill mix, garlic & herb, and rosemary & herb and more black pepper.

  5. Diane Ward September 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    Where is the Turkey Hash recipe?

  6. Stacey Winsor October 5, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Love my PC spices and tools…don’t know how I lived without my star-shaped hamburger/meat smasher stirrer thingie!!! Love it in the fall when we make homemade epplesauce too…smashes apples nicely!!!

  7. T.Marie October 14, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Bummer, not 1 recipe my family would eat!

  8. Tess Dybel October 24, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    Love this stuff. Do you have a recipe for deep covered baker potato soup?

  9. Lucy Martin October 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    Yes Tess, ‘Loaded Baked Potato Chowder’ is made in the deep covered baker – search under recipes on the website

  10. Amy Thrasher January 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    I’m loving these recipes! Can’t wait to try and share!

  11. Margaret January 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    Southwest stuffed sweet potatoes

  12. patricia kelly October 8, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    I would like the recipe for White bean, kale & sausage stew.

  13. Nan Prout October 8, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    These are wonderful and quick meal ideas. Thanks, Lisa!! I want to try the sheet pan recipe in particular.

  14. Mitsi J October 10, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    These all sound delicious and easy. My kind of meals. Thanks

  15. Charlene Schotter October 21, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    I would like the Holiday Entertaining and the One Pot meals on a Budget. Both of these look like I would enjoy making many of the receipes in them.

  16. Bonnie Burkman August 27, 2020 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks for this list. I can’t wait to try them! They all sound easy & quick and I can’t wait to use my Pampered Chef cookware and utensils.

  17. Tina Pope Green August 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

    I can’t wait to try some of these recipes, especially the soups.

  18. Cynthia Barnhart August 29, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    What a great idea to turn dinner into teaching! Fractions, doubling recipes, and a life skill. Plan to makethree of the one dish recipes this week!

  19. Teresa Edmonds February 17, 2021 at 7:53 am #

    Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes

  20. karen king August 7, 2021 at 11:47 am #

    I can’t wait to try making soups with new recipes . I want to make bean soup

  21. Wanda February 22, 2022 at 8:04 pm #

    Anything bean and veggies is excellent. My family likes the meat ones. Thank you!

  22. Helen Howard June 26, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

    Has anyone made the Tuscan Chicken Recipe on the packet with ham?

  23. Bob Kendall August 27, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

    All these look so good, pampered chef is the way to go

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