The Coziest One Pot Meals to Get You Through Fall

chicken thighs with beans and wilted greens in blue pot

One pot meals mean only one pan to clean up at the end. Sign me up. It might be in my Instant Pot, my favorite cast iron braiser, or a sturdy sheet pan, but when I can cook an entire meal all in one, it’s a good night!

Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

It was an impossible task to choose between all my risotto recipes for this post — I could have just as easily chosen my Cheddar and Sage Risotto, but the earthy autumnal mushrooms pushed this one to the top of the list. As I might have mentioned about a hundred times already, the Instant Pot makes risotto in 6 minutes (yes, SIX!)

Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto being spooned into a small white bowl



Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens

You COULD serve a side dish like crusty bread or buttery rice to go with this delicious meal, but why bother? It’s healthy, satisfying, and full of protein on its own. Go in a different direction with Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms.

chicken thighs with white beans and greens in a pan



Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats

This one-pan wonder is an awesome way to feed a family or a small crowd. I especially love it served with a bold, grainy mustard and hearty whole wheat hot dog buns. (note: for grill marks on the sausages you’ll grill them briefly in a separate pan, but this is totally optional!) Prefer chicken? Try my Sheet Pan Chicken Puttanesca.

Sheet pan peppers and brats with grainy mustard



Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

I love this colorful pilaf as vegetarian main dish during the autumn months. Generous amounts of toasted nuts and dried fruit keep it from feeling too lightweight, and the flavors are bold and unexpected. The colors? Spectacular.

A plate of food, with Rice Pilaf



Easy Cassoulet

It’s a simplified one pot version of a French classic, and so satisfying to make and to eat. Practice on the family or your significant other, and then serve it up for a special feast this winter. You’re limited only by the size of your pot.

Easy Cassoulet recipe



Instant Pot Beef Bourginon

Whether you love it or not, the Instant Pot is here to stay, it’s an amazing tool. It takes one pot meals to a whole new level. Beef Bourguignon is transformed into an everyday meal by the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon in white bowls



Chili Mac and Cheese

The British have their nursery food, we’ve got chili mac. It’s primal comfort food at its tastiest, and it cooks in one pot. Dinner-in-a-bowl doesn’t get any better.

chili mac and cheese in a large pot



Lemon Chicken Biryani

This is my kind of chicken and rice: warming spices, savory chicken, and comforting carbs all nestled together in one pot. In fact, the fragrant rice is good enough to eat on its own. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Cardamom Rice is another one pot chicken and rice favorite that gets requested all the time around here.

Lemon Chickey Biryani ~


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