Easy and delicious dinners that the kids will gladly eat, without creating a mountain of dirty dishes? Turns out we CAN have it all!

Parents are sharing their go-to one pot dinners that require just a single skillet or pan to cook all ingredients - no exceptions! Like our favorite slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes, these family meals free up time and energy for all of the other things we need to be doing.

What kid friendly one pot meals have been a home run in your house? Let us know about your tried-and-true recipes below.

    Skillet Beans and Rice with Kielbasa

    Kelly R.:  This beans and rice skillet has quickly become one of my favorite easy one pot family meals to make for dinner in the fall and winter, and it turned my kids into kielbasa lovers! The rice tastes magical after simmering with the smoked sausage, and it's great as leftovers for lunch the next day. From BellyFull

    One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans

    Kelly R.:  You only have to dirty one skillet to make this all-in-one chicken and veggie meal, with a delicious pan sauce that tastes decadent but is light and fresh. It's a great option if you want easy one pot meals that don't use pasta or rice as a base. The ingredients include a bit of white wine, but you can easily substitute chicken broth if you prefer - or if you want to make it a Whole 30 friendly recipe. From Skinnytaste

    Skillet Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

    Kelly R.:  This is one of the easy one pot meals that shows up on our family dinner rotation frequently! It's so delicious, and much easier than most other homemade mac and cheese recipes because everything cooks together in one pan - including the pasta! I like to add chopped broccoli during the last couple minutes of simmering for a truly one-pot dinner. You can also let each person customize their bowl with toppings of their choice...green onions, bacon, etc! From Mel's Kitchen Cafe

    Parmesan Portobello Orzo

    Shila:  Rice-shaped orzo pasta cooks up tender in a bath of chicken broth, buttery Portobello mushrooms and fresh garlic. Top it off with grated Parmesan cheese for a delicious, one pot vegetarian meal for the family. From Budget Bytes

    One Pot Fettuccine Alfredo

    Shila:  Some of the best easy one pot meals are recipes that include simple pantry ingredients. In just one pot, combine dry fettuccine with milk, butter, and chicken stock, along with Parmesan cheese to make an easy and creamy pasta Alfredo. From Spoon Fork Bacon

    One-Pot Chicken and Dumplings

    Kelly R.:  This delicious and comforting chicken and dumplings is a well-rounded one pot dinner for families. I love making it in the fall and winter! Because it calls for cooked chicken, it's a great way to use up rotisserie chicken. From Martha Stewart

    Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta

    Shila:  Combine the bold flavors of red tomato sauce with velvety cream cheese to create kid-pleasing "creamy tomato" or "pink pasta" that cooks up all in one pot! From Diethood

    One Pan Cabbage and Potato Skillet

    Shila:  You can brown a meat of your choice (sausage or chicken), saute crunchy cabbage, and cook diced potatoes for Irish-inspired easy one pot meals. Take this simply-flavored dish to the next level with this recipe that adds paprika and jalapeno slices. From Erin Lives Whole

    American Goulash

    Alexandra F.:  I'd never heard of goulash before my dad requested it for a birthday dinner, and now this tasty and ridiculously easy one pot meal is in our regular rotation. Ground beef, tomato sauce, macaroni noodles and just a few more ingredients combine in a single pot on the stove to make a yummy, comforting meal our whole family loves. It's super easy to customize, too, if you have allergies to account for or want to sneak in some extra veggies. From Spend With Pennies

    One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

    Shila:  Chili mac is one of those easy one pot dinners that will please everyone in the family! Use your choice of ground beef or turkey for this recipe, plus beans, canned tomatoes, pasta and a parade of delicious spices. Your family will love this dinner, and it will be ready in less than 30 minutes too! From A Pinch of Healthy

    One-Pot Pasta Bolognese

    Shila:  Italian Bolognese traditionally uses a combination of pork, veal, and/or beef, but you are free to use whatever protein you desire while making meat sauce. Saute your choice of meat in one pot, along with an aromatic mix of fresh vegetables, spices, and tomato paste. After these flavors marry, dry pasta is added to cook "al dente" within the sauce itself. From 12 Tomatoes

    One Pot Ground Lamb and Couscous

    Shila:  This tantalizing Mediterranean one pot meal has fluffy steamed couscous, tender chickpeas, fresh mint, chopped pistachios or toasted almonds, and well-seasoned ground lamb. Squeeze a little lemon wedge over your easy one pot dinner and enjoy! From Beyond Mere Sustenance

    One-Pot Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

    Shila:  Kids love Swedish meatballs with egg noodles; it's buttery yet light, creamy, and has an all-around familiar taste for them. Learn to make this easy one pot meal, fresh from scratch, with no seasoning packets required! These delicious meatballs start with a little counter prep by hand-rolling beef with spices and breadcrumbs. After browning the meat, egg noodles cook quickly in a simmer of broth and heavy cream. From Frugal Mom Eh!

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