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Four Easy One-Pan Pantry Suppers

Spend time enjoying your meal, not cleaning up afterwards.
By Published Apr. 8, 2020

We hate doing dishes! That’s why we’ve created tons of one-pan recipes. Here are four of our favorites, ones that lean on pantry ingredients like canned beans, ramen noodles, instant polenta, and pasta.

One-Pan Noodle Bowls

As soon as you ditch the seasoning packet (use it on popcorn!) and look at that little brick of dried noodles as a canvas to paint on, the world opens up. We wanted our fully loaded bowls to include tender pork tenderloin, vibrant broccoli, and a few pantry staples like soy sauce and cornstarch to creat a soothing supper with tons of flavor. [GET THE RECIPE]

What You’ll Need:
¼ cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pork tenderloin
2 ¼ cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 ounces white mushrooms
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
3 packages ramen noodles
12 ounces broccoli florets
3 scallions

One-Pan Chicken with Couscous and Carrots

We looked to North Africa for inspiration for this superflavorful supper, which rests on quick-cooking couscous and a rich mix of pantry spices. Bulking things up with a can of chickpeas added extra texture and a deep nutty flavor. Much like a tagine, we like to serve this straight from the skillet. [GET THE RECIPE]

What You’ll Need:
8 chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound carrots
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas
1 cup couscous
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
2 lemons

One-Pan Italian Sausage with Polenta

Instant polenta is a smart, speedy way to add a flavorful backdrop to many meals, but in this instance, its deep toasty flavor – bolstered by a heavy dose of Parmesan cheese – creates a comforting meal that’s just perfect for a movie or game night at home. Even better, you can make every component in the same nonstick skillet. [GET THE RECIPE]

What You'll Need:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper
1 onion
1 fennel bulb
3 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups whole milk
¾ cup instant polenta
2 ounces parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons butter
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

One-Pot Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach

Forget boiling the pasta in one pot, making the sauce in another pot, and then marrying the two in a third dish to bake. This savory, satisfying fan favorite with al dente pasta and rich flavors takes full advantage of canned tomatoes and dried spices, and happens in a single Dutch oven. [GET THE RECIPE]

What You'll Need
8 ounces sweet or hot Italian sausage
3 garlic cloves
1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
12 ounces ziti
6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
7 ounces baby spinach, chopped coarse
6 ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese
2 ounces Parmesan cheese
8 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese

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