On cold, dark evenings, all we want is to throw a load of delicious stuff in a pan – and these one-pot dishes are the ultimate comfort food recipes.
After a long day, we don’t want to be faffing around with complicated recipes – especially when it’s chilly outside. Instead, we want simple, straightforward dishes that require nothing more than chopping up a load of ingredients, bunging them in a pan and letting the oven (or the hob) do the rest.
As a general rule, one-pot dishes are high on rich flavours and heady aromas (if there’s a better feeling than opening the front door to the smell of something delicious bubbling away in the oven, we’re yet to discover it). But they also tend to be relatively low on effort – and even lower on washing up. Which, when all you want to do is collapse in front of the TV, is a definite plus.
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Below, we’ve gathered some of the best one-pot recipes from one of our favourite female cooks, Darina Allen. Whether you're looking for chicken, vegetable or even one-pot desserts, Darina Allen is back with a new book – and this one is all about easy and tasty one-pot wonders.
One Pot Feeds all features 100 new recipes, from roasting tin dinners to one pan desserts - perfect for anyone who's time-poor (which is most of us, really). Simple, tasty dishes that are high on flavour and low on fuss - and washing up. It includes soups, frittatas and hearty dishes like stews, tagines and curries, as well as lots of desserts. The recipes can be scaled up or down, depending on how many people you're feeding.
Below, a trio of recipes from her book for you to try yourself. Happy cooking!
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Chorizo, Goat’s Cheese And Tomato Frittata
Every teenager should be able to whip up a frittata before they leave school. It’s a brilliant basic recipe to have in your repertoire, a one-pan dish that will feed family and friends. It can, of course, be super simple with just a few fresh herbs and cheese – or you could go all out with some delicious chunky morsels of smoked fish or spicy sausage, goat’s cheese or roast bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a picnic, or cut into cubes to serve with drinks. A frittata can be served directly from the pan for a rustic family meal. Frittata were originally cooked on the stove, but nowadays I prefer to bake it gently in the oven.
Try the recipe here.
Roast Cauliflower With Saffron And Bay Leaves And Crispy Chicken
This roast cauliflower is delicious on its own but also pretty irresistible with some spicy chicken drumsticks. Look out for pul biber, not too hot but really aromatic. I fell in love with them on my first trip to Turkey. You can get the recipe here.
Chocolate Fudge Pudding With Toasted Hazelnuts And Frangelico Cream
Chocolate puddings run neck and neck with apple tarts as people’s favourite dessert. My version is wickedly rich with a melting texture. It should be moist and gooey in the centre, so don’t overcook it or it will be disappointing and dull. This one is surprisingly good served cold.
Give it a try here.
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