Dutch ovens are a magnificent kitchen favorite, but the Dutch oven recipes with one pot you cook in these hefty, colorful inventions are proof that making meals for yourself does not take hours and soil every plate in your cupboard.
Whether you want something comforting and rich – who doesn’t love a giant bubbling casserole with homemade mac and cheese every now and then? Or something that ticks all the nutrition boxes if you’ve got a Dutch oven during the holidays, or you’re just looking for your one-pot recipe game, do not miss these must-try, comforting and nutritious en- pot favorites from Cook with us, a YouTube series from the team Well + good.
1. One Pot Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Packed with nutritious vegetables and topped with a layer of vegan mashed potatoes, this easy spin on a classic is easier thanks to delicious brown lentils, cauliflower and mushrooms – all made in one pot – and assembled in an instant. Chef Palak Patel calls it “the perfect Sunday dinner” and it’s easy to see why.
2. Warming one-pot vegetable Dal
There may be nothing better on a cool winter night than a steaming pot with spicy, warming valley. In just three simple steps with your tried and tested Dutch oven, red and brown lentils are simmered in a mixture of delicious spices with tomato paste, carrots and sweet potatoes. Start by heating cumin seeds over medium-high heat. This releases the essential oils in the spice, creating a rich, enhanced flavor. Then add the onion, garlic and ginger and sauté. Mix spices, vegetables, lentils and water. Put lid on and simmer, then add lemon juice, spinach and cilantro. Sit down and enjoy.
3. Wild Rice Porridge
Porridge gets a bad rep. But this high-fiber, warming breakfast is a delicious upgrade to your typical oatmeal. Make a large pot for the week, and decorate it with all your favorite toppings for an easy, solid and healthy winter breakfast. Combine wild rice, water and dried cranberries in your Dutch oven (or a rice cooker). Let it simmer until the water is gone, leaving rice that is cooked through and extremely soft. Blend the entire contents of the pan with a stick blender. If you do not have a stick blender, transfer the porridge to a blender. Serve with your favorite toppings like grated coconut, pepitas, maple syrup and dried fruit.
4. Smoked carrot soup
Okay, we could all use an extra immunity boost to start the new year. Chef Julia Turshen, the founder of Equity at the Table, just delivers the ticket with this smoky carrot soup. Plus, it’s packed with flavor and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Bonus points for this delicious, simple evening dinner? You probably have everything you need right in your pantry or refrigerator. The smoky flavor comes with a hearty tablespoon of smoked Spanish peppers. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add vegetables and pimentón (aka paprika), pepper and salt. Cook until tender. Add the broth and carrot juice and bring to a boil, then lower and simmer until the carrots are very tender. Finally blend with a stick blender to a smooth mass. Top with sour cream and serve hot.
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