25+ Time Saving One-Dish Meals

Is it just me or were we just discussing what to buy teachers at the end of the year and summer plans? Before you know those catchy Target commercials for back-to-school are back on TV and we are preparing for the holidays. An easy weeknight dinner is what we all need this time of year, so that’s where these one-pot recipes come into play.

Quick One Dish Dinner Recipes

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Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is quick and easy to prepare.  With diced chicken, egg noodles, bacon and a creamy cheese sauce this dish will have you reaching for more!
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Spicy Thai Noodles

One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles are SO good and easy to cook up. This is a vegetarian recipe, but there are options for added protein too!
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Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas are an easy weeknight meal using tender beef and homemade fajita seasoning.
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pimento cheese sandwich on wheat bread with olives

Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

A southern classic, this Pimento Cheese Sandwich recipe is the absolute BEST! It's quick and easy to throw together and tastes amazing with pickles!
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Chicken Stir Fry Rice Noodles

With chicken, broccoli slaw and a sauce that is both sweet and spicy, this Chicken Stir Fry Rice Noodles recipe will be your new weeknight go to!
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Turkey Club Sandwich Pinwheels

Turkey Club Sandwich Pinwheels use the traditional club sandwich ingredients, but wrap them in a tortilla. Easy to make, eat and clean up!
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Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

This easy Mississippi Pot Roast recipe is super tender and so perfect if you're craving comfort food! It's the best pot roast recipe!
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Cubed Steak and Gravy

Cooking dinner every night can be challenging, but save both time and money with this easy Cube Steak Recipe with Mushroom Gravy!
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30-Minute Mongolian Beef

Skip the takeout and make this homemade Mongolian Beef recipe instead! It tastes even better than the PF Chang's recipe!
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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole combines layers of crispy tater tots with homemade sloppy Joe mix, cream cheese and cheddar for the ultimate quick meal or party food! #tatertotcasserole #sloppyjoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole combines layers of crispy tater tots with homemade sloppy Joe mix, cream cheese and cheddar for the ultimate quick meal or party food! 
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Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon is a fast, easy and healthy weeknight meal. Prep this sheet pan meal in just 5 minutes using tomatoes, asparagus and a crispy panko and walnut topping for you salmon.

Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe

Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon is a fast, easy and healthy weeknight meal. Prep this sheet pan meal in just 5 minutes using tomatoes, asparagus and a crispy panko and walnut topping for you salmon.
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Guacamole Grilled Cheese

This Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich is stuffed with gooey provolone cheese, crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and freshly made guacamole, all grilled to perfection on crusty bread.
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This BBQ Chicken Hobo Dinner is a great dinner option for families on the go. These chicken foil packets are packed full of flavor for a weeknight meal! #hobodinner #chickenfoilpackets #hobopackets www.savoryexperiments.com

BBQ Chicken Foil Packet Recipe

This BBQ Chicken Hobo Dinner is a great dinner option for families on the go. These chicken foil packets are packed full of flavor for a weeknight meal! 
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Sausage & White Bean Cassoulet

Baked sausages in an herbed navy bean sauce stewed with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and oregano.
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Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Recipe

Garlicky alfredo sauce paired with pasta, shrimp, plump peas, juicy roasted red pepper stripes and nutty parmesan cheese.
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Meatball Casserole

Cheesy Meatball Casserole comes together w/ frozen meatballs, marinara sauce, and pasta. Minimal prep makes it the perfect weeknight dinner! 
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Pan Fried Steak

How to make a Pan Fried Steak at home is easier than you think with my step-by-step instructions and easy steak seasoning!
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Creamy Asiago Chicken

Creamy Asiago Chicken is a tasty and easy chicken recipe that is perfect for a weeknight meal. Mushrooms, shallots and thyme flavor this delicious dish. 
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Looking for a homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that you can enjoy all year round? This Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is flavorful and SO easy to make!
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Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta is an easy and healthy shrimp pasta recipe. It's great for busy weeknights but full of flavor and sure to impress guests! #shrimppasta #shrimpmeals #shrimppastarecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta is a deliciously easy and healthy shrimp pasta recipe. It’s full of flavor but quick and simple to make!
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French Bread Alfredo Pizza

If you're looking for a homemade pizza recipe, look no further than this French Bread Alfredo Pizza. It's basically like chicken alfredo in pizza form!
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Salisbury Steak

Forget what you know about salisbury steak, this Homemade Salisbury Steak recipe is out of this world! Topped with a mushroom gravy, it's moist and delicious!
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breaded pork chop with mushrooms

Crispy Baked Pork Chops

If you've never made pork chops in the oven, this shake and bake Crispy Baked Pork Chop recipe is the best! It's even better than shake and bake!
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Pesto Salmon

This Pesto Salmon recipe is the best way to make baked salmon. With only 5 ingredients including Greek yogurt and homemade pesto, it will be your new favorite.
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skillet of parmesan garlic linguine

Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta Recipe

Creamy, cheesy & delicious, this EASY Parmesan Garlic Linguine pasta recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner! With simple ingredients!
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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a traditional Italian dish made with a garlic butter sauce and shrimp with al dente pasta and fresh lemon juice.
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Szechuan Chicken Recipe

Quick and EASY Szechuan Chicken & Rice is an easy dinner recipe using unique Chinese spices, like sichuan peppercorns and a vegetable stir fry.
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Mushroom Chicken and Rice Skillet is an easy one dish meal with loads of flavor like peas, mushrooms, shallots, sage and garlic.

Mushroom Chicken and Rice Skillet Recipe

Mushroom Chicken and Rice Skillet is an easy one dish meal with loads of flavor like peas, mushrooms, shallots, sage and garlic.
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. I love all the ideas! Cleaning up can take longer than cooking most nights, so this will save us so much time.

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