13 One-Pot Summer Meals That Require No Slaving Over the Stove

by Kaila Stein
Jun 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET

There's no need to break a sweat over cooking this season unless you're working the grill. Save the labor-intensive dishes for the colder months and reserve your evenings for more important pursuits like sipping rosé outside and eating ice cream.  

These 13 tasty one-pot summer recipes will get dinner on the table fast with minimal cleanup so you can enjoy your night! 

1 /13: Sheet pan chicken nachos

1/13 :Sheet pan chicken nachos

Who says you can’t eat nachos for dinner?

These easy sheet pan nachos can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken. This upgraded bar snack makes for a surprisingly satisfying dinner.

2 /13: Sheet pan sausage & pepper hoagies

2/13 :Sheet pan sausage & pepper hoagies

Skip the sandwich shop tonight and opt for these home-cooked sausage and pepper hoagies.

These sandwiches take just 30 minutes to make — perfect for busy summer nights.

3 /13: Shakshuka with spinach & harissa

3/13 :Shakshuka with spinach & harissa

Shakshuka is one of my favorite eggs-for-dinner recipes.

You likely have all the ingredients on hand to make this easy one-pan recipe. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

4 /13: One-pan roasted shrimp & veggies

4/13 :One-pan roasted shrimp & veggies

You’ll have dinner ready in no time with one-pan roasted shrimp and veggies.

Use your favorite summer produce like tomatoes, zucchini or corn.

5 /13: BBQ chicken quinoa salad

5/13 :BBQ chicken quinoa salad

This recipe will be in your weeknight repertoire in no time.

Layers of quinoa, grilled corn, black beans, shredded BBQ chicken, diced avocado and a little cheese give this salad tons of dimension and flavor. 

6 /13: Mango salsa slow cooker chicken

6/13 :Mango salsa slow cooker chicken

If you think a slow cooker is for colder months only, think again.

This delicious chicken recipe is loaded with colorful summer produce like mangoes and tomatoes.

7 /13: One-pot zucchini pasta

7/13 :One-pot zucchini pasta

This one-pot zucchini pasta is chock-full of summer veggies.

This is the perfect dish to use up all the farmers market produce aging in your fridge!

8 /13: Summer succotash

8/13 :Summer succotash

Try this classic Southern succotash with fresh okra, tomatoes, lima beans and sweet corn for a light, vegetarian dinner perfect for a hot summer night.

9 /13: Salmon en papillote

9/13 :Salmon en papillote

Want to impress your family or friends? Make this easy yet elegant salmon and veggies cooked in a  parchment paper pouch.

The fish is topped with a summery basil, parsley and lemon peel compound butter, which melts temptingly over the fish.

10 /13: Hummus topped with spiced beef

10/13 :Hummus topped with spiced beef

A bowl of hummus topped with spiced beef and toasted pine nuts makes for a simple and delicious summer dinner.

You can make your own hummus or use your favorite store-bought version. Fresh pita is a must.

11 /13: Deep-dish pizza

11/13 :Deep-dish pizza

Use store-bought pizza dough and your favorite summer veggies in this simple (and lighter than average) deep-dish pizza recipe.

12 /13: Chicken lettuce wraps

12/13 :Chicken lettuce wraps

Keep things cool and crunchy with these chicken lettuce wraps.

You’ll have a tasty low-carb (read: bathing suit-friendly) dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

13 /13: Chicken & rice with artichokes

13/13 :Chicken & rice with artichokes

One-pot chicken and rice is one of those classic comforting dinners that everyone loves.

This rendition has marinated artichokes, but you could add mushrooms or red peppers and substitute another grain like barley for the rice.