Easy One Pan Recipes That Won’t Stress You Out

If you’re having one of those weeks where even the thought of what to make for dinner stresses you out, these are the recipes you need. After a busy day, the only solution that will keep you calm is something that comes together easily and leaves minimal cleanup behind. These 10 one-pan meals are just that. They’re also comforting and crowd-pleasing — which are major wins any time.

1. Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos

Assembling all the components for taco night can sometimes be a pain. This version, however, relies on a sheet pan to bring everything together effortlessly.

2. Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies

Forget the fuss of waiting for a big pot of water to boil. Roasting gnocchi with colorful vegetables not only gets them nice and crispy, but the vegetables also turn into an easy sauce.

3. Potsticker Stir-Fry

This quick stir-fry cooks the dumplings straight from the freezer, so you don’t even need to bother thawing them. Plus, you can use any dumpling you prefer, like chicken, shrimp, or veggie.

4. One-Skillet Chicken with Garlicky Broccoli and Croutons

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts have a reputation for being easy — but they also have a reputation of being a bit boring. Instead, opt for bone-in, skin-on breasts, which provide a lot more flavor with no more work.

5. Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

When you’re craving a classic steak and potatoes dinner but the thought of assembling one stresses you out, lean on this recipe. The potatoes, steak, and sauce come together all in one skillet, leaving you with minimal cleanup.

6. Feta and Tomato Braised Chickpeas

This 5-ingredient skillet is a comforting meatless dinner that’s easy to feel good about. You’ll definitely want to serve it with some crusty bread, though, because there’s lots of good sauce to mop up.

7. Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet

Opting for precooked chicken sausage means all you need to do is brown and warm it up. Since the orzo cooks right in the skillet, it releases some of its starch and makes the whole dish creamy and almost risotto-like.

8. Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Making lasagna from scratch can be stressful — but this skillet version isn’t. Flavorful sausage takes the place of ground meat so you don’t need to reach for as many spices, and the noodles cook right in the sauce.

9. Easy Sheet Pan Chili Garlic Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

This sheet pan dinner is basically an extra-lazy stir-fry. If you’re up for pulling out a second pan it’s great served over rice, although it’s totally fine without it.

10. Giant Skillet Grilled Cheese with Ham and Apple

When all you’re really craving is a warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwich, turn to this recipe that’s made into more of a meal with the addition of ham. It will definitely feed your whole crowd.

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