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5 Easy One Pot Meals

Serve up a dish of comfort with one of these delicious recipes.


These classic one-pot meals are great any time of year, but their soul-warming heartiness makes them especially comforting during the colder months. From Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Turkey Pot Pie to Classic Beef Stew and Shepherd's Pie, these casseroles and stews are an easy dinnertime solution.

These five recipes, filled with fresh ingredients, are easy enough for weeknight meals―they're quick to throw together, and they don't dirty many dishes. All you need is a simple side salad and maybe some bread to complete the meal. Plus, all of the recipes can be made ahead.

1. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Quite possibly the ultimate comfort food, nothing can really top a good bowl of a hearty macaroni and cheese, and this classic cheddary option will leave everyone at the table wanting more. If you'd like to mix things up a little bit, try some other shredded cheese for this dish, such as Gouda or smoked Gouda, Fontina, or for those who love their foods on the spicy side, Pepper Jack.

2. Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Potato Topping

Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Potato Topping
With ground turkey, sauteed vegetables, and creamy mashed potatoes, this homey casserole is soul-warming and nourishing. It's the perfect one-pot meal for a chilly night. You can also bake the entire mixture in individual 6 to 8-ounce ramekins. Assemble up to a day ahead, cover, refrigerate, and bake just before serving.

3. Classic Beef Stew

Classic Beef Stew
This classic beef stew recipe has all you expect in beef stew: tender chunks of beef, carrots, and potato. The best part about this stew is that once you put it together, it requires no attention, not even stirring. And once its simmered, the meat is fork-tender and the sauce and vegetables are super flavorful. For a great meal, serve it with some buttered egg noodles.

4. Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie
If you're like me, you grew up eating pot pies - turkey or chicken, carrots and peas in a creamy sauce and topped with a flaky crust are a tried-and-true favorite combination. This version will not let you down, and it's super-easy to make. For an extra kick, add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes to the filling.

5. Easy Lemon Veal Stew

Easy Lemon Veal Stew
K. Kingsley
Here's an easy veal stew that's incredibly tender and delicious. It's a wonderful stew for a family dinner or to serve to company. Fresh lemon juice and zest impart a bright lively flavor to the dish. Serve it with buttered egg noodles, brown or white rice, or quinoa.
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