Casseroles, stews, soups: the most filling and warming one pot dishes


There's a definite chill in the air. Which means it's time to start spending a lot more time inside, keeping warm. And what better way to do that with a warming, hearty dish? One of the best things about autumnal dishes is that they're generally very low-maintenence to make - pop everything inside one big pot, and Bob's your (culinary) uncle. 

Take a look at our pick of cassoulets, soups and stews from around the internet, and we guarantee you'll be wishing yourself onto the sofa, holding a steaming bowl of one of these dishes in no time.

Words: Victoria Gray and Anna Pollitt.

  • Vietnamese Beef Stew

    A hugely popular one-pot recipe by Super Golden Bakes that's a labour of love well worth the wait. It's hearty, fragrant and utterly rejuvenating. Make it on Sunday and enjoy the leftovers on a dark and wintery Monday evening.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Prawn Noodle Soup

    “You literally just chop everything up, put it in a pan and 15 minutes later it's ready.”

    Music to our ears. And as long as you stick to the main ingredients of noodles and prawns and remember chilli, cumin and garlic, there's the option to substitute the vegetables for whichever you have in your fridge.

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    Find the recipe here

  • 15-Minute Sausage Gnocchi Bake

    Sometimes we opt for one-pot meals because of the awesome medley of flavours all cooking together. Other times we like them because they're speedier than other recipes and require less washing-up.

    This carb-heavy beaut courtesy of innovative British food blogger A Life of Geekery doesn't even require a chopping board.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Peanut, Sesame and Vegetable Noodles

    Featuring bok choy, one of our favourite vegetables, and a simple but effective mix of garlic, ginger, sesame oil and red pepper flakes, this crunchy vegetarian dish is a super-fast autumn staple that can easily be adapted for pescetarians and meat eaters.

    Images courtesy of Oh My Veggies.

    Find the recipe here


  • Cheese and Tomato Tart

    Ok, so it's not technically made in a 'pot' - rather a single baking tray - but this is a year-round favourite. After all, food hardly comes more warming and comforting than hot melted cheese and tomato.

    This colourful number is a quick and easy win for a weekday evening meal or a Saturday lunchtime.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Mexican Chicken, Chilli and Potato Pot

    Heartier than chicken soup - and with more of a kick - this is the dish to go for when you feel like you've picked up a touch of whatever winter virus is going round.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Vegan Seitan Chilli

    British veggie food blogger Natalie Tamara has won our hearts with tasty dishes and wry musings on her blog The Tofu Diaries.

    This vegan take on a winter favourite features the little-known wheat protein seitan.

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    Find the recipe here


  • Ultimate Macaroni Cheese

    Winter just wouldn't be the same without a dollop of mac 'n cheese. 

    British blogger Rachel Brady has developed her own 'posh' take on the classic in a one-pot wonder featuring a mega-mix of gruyere, mascarpone, parmesan and mozzarella.

    Images courtesy of Well Worn Whisk. 

    Find the recipe here

  • Cheats' Paella

    A simple, inexpensive and adaptable take on the Spanish classic from British blogger All That I'm Eating that takes only half an hour, including prep and cooking.

    Vegetarians can swap chorizo for peppers and chicken stock for vegetables, while pescetarians can include prawns. Add black olives if you're a fan.

    Find the recipe at

  • Thai Green Curry

    The One Pot Chef has created a quick and easy version of the classic curry that requires only one large frying pan and uses less than 10 ingredients.

    Watch his tutorial here.

  • Kale, Tomato and Lemon Zest Spaghetti

    Food writer Anna Jones brings us the ultimate fuss-free healthy pasta recipe that uses the pasta water to make its sauce - the key is in the amount of liquid used.

    Image courtesy of Anna Jones.

    Watch how easy it is to make on Instagram


  • Chicken, Apricot and Rosemary Tagine

    Tagines are multi functional - as well as cooking up some of the most delicious meals possible, they also make beautiful serving dishes. If you're inviting friends round, impress with this simple-to-make chicken, apricot and rosemary dish. Of course if you don't own a tagine, it will taste just as delicious coming from a casserole.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Minted Pea and Lettuce Soup

    That summer salad you've been taking in for lunch for the past few months just isn't going to cut it when the weather's cooler. But this soup, made with peas, lettuce, leeks and potatoes will offer a hearty alternative, but isn't so heavy that you'll need a mid-afternoon nap after a huge lunch. And bonus: it's a beautiful shade of green which will cheer you up as you look into the fridge.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Basque Pipérade

    This Spanish dish, made from eggs, tomatoes, onions and paprika is a low effort alternative to an omelette that will taste both comforting and healthy at the same time. Simply mix the ingredients in a oven proof pan and grill, and if you're not planning on being virtuous, add a little cheese.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

    One of the ultimate slow-cooked meals, cassoulet is incredibly simple to make, with a combination of meat, tomatoes and beans as the main ingredients and can be flavoured with red wine, balsamic vinegar and herbs before being cooked for hours to bring out the flavours and seasoning. We love this one with sausages and white beans, but they taste just as good with chicken, duck or lamb, so get experimenting.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Vegan Noodle Laksa

    A fragrent noodle stew is the perfect replacement to a stir fry when you want something warming. This one takes just half an hour to put together, so is ideal to welcome you home after a long cold day when you want to put your feet up and catch up on your latest box set.

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    Find the recipe here

  • French Onion Soup

    The brasserie classic has a more than welcome place in the home. With the simple ingredient list (spoiler alert: you need a lot of onions) the main thing you really need to cook French Onion Soup at home is a lot of patience, as waiting for the onions to release their flavours can take up to an hour. But when it's done, it'll be the tastiest dish to curl up on the sofa with.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Sweet Potato and Kale Chilli

    Who says a hearty dish has to be full of meat? This chilli, made with sweet potatoes, kale and kidney beans is just as filling and warming as any stew and the beautiful bright colours make it a cheery meal to cook up on a gloomy evening. Best of all - it's super simple to make: simply add the ingredients together and wait!

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  • Beef Bourguignon

    How is it that the French seem to have every sort of dish covered? From soup to dessert, you can trust there'll be a recipe for every occasion. And for winter, beef bourguignon is that recipe - a delicious red-wine flavoured stew that will have you feeling like you're eating at a gourmet restaurant when you're actually snuggled up in your kitchen.

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    Find the recipe here

  • Traditional Irish Stew

    We couldn't talk about hearty dishes without mentioning an Irish Stew. Who could have thought cooking beef, potatoes and vegetables in a pot for several hours could turn out so deliciously? This one even has Guinness as an ingredient to make it extra Irish. Serve with plenty of bread, as you'll definitely want to mop up the mouthwatering broth at the end.

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    Find the recipe here