Speed Up Your Evenings With These 6 Craveworthy One-Pot Meals

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By Cooking Panda

As much as we love a good, elaborate, home-cooked meal, spending ages cleaning it up on a weeknight is just not the business.

why does cooking take like six hours and eating like three seconds and washing dishes like seven days and seven nights

— no (@tbhjuststop) August 23, 2015

Fortunately for you, that doesn’t have to be your fate.

We’re huge fans of one-dish meals, where cleaning up takes almost as little time as actually eating. It really doesn’t get any easier. Or more delicious. You’re welcome.

1. One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Yep, that’s right — one pan pasta. It’s a real thing. We love this recipe because it uses whole grain noodles, which don’t get too starchy or gummy, and everything else is stuff you might already have on hand.

2. Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Salmon is super healthy and delicious, but it’s easy to fall into a butter/lemon rut. Try something new with this lime juice/chili powder/pepitas rub for an extra kick.

3. Slow Cooker Ribs

Ribs always seem like an extravagant affair, but did you know that enjoying delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth ribs on a weeknight is as easy as doctoring up some barbecue sauce and throwing it into the slow cooker with baby back ribs? Bonus: For an extra caramelized touch, broil the finished product for a few minutes with a little bit of the reserved sauce.

4. Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes

This is technically a two-dish meal, since you need to use a mixing bowl to make your batter. Please forgive us.

5. One-Pan Lasagna

Save yourself half the work by using oven-ready, instant lasagna noodles.

6. Pork and Plums

Take full advantage of plum season with this sweet-savory breeze of a dish.

Featured Photo Credit: Jonathan Lovekin/MarthaStewart.com

Tags: easy weeknight recipe, one pot meal, one-dish meall, one-pan meal, weeknight recipes
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