One-pan recipes make some pretty big promises. From “dump and stir” to “set it and forget it,” this branch of home cookery promises meals that minimize effort and yield unbelievable results. Here in the test kitchen, we saw one-pan recipes as the ultimate challenge. After all, what’s the point of serving a whole meal from a single vessel if it doesn’t taste good? And why confine yourself to one pan if it makes a recipe harder than it was in the first place? So, with a clear goal in mind, we set out to streamline our favorite dishes (and think up a host of new ones) for an inspiring range of satisfying meals—from speedy stir-fries to slow-cooked roasts—without shortchanging flavor, texture, or overall impact.