One pot meals are the ultimate way of cooking with ease and minimal fuss. I realised recently that I have a lot of delicious gluten free one pot recipes on this website, and it is high time I did a little round up post!
All the dishes in this round up are gluten free (some naturally, some thanks to small tweaks), yet you can serve them to the whole family or to friends and visitors. No-one will miss having gluten in their dinner, I promise. There are also dairy free, veggie and vegan options – look out for DF, V and Ve in the title of the dish.
Many of these are also brilliant as meal prep. So if you live by yourself don’t be put off, you’re actually about to be super efficient and will have a well-stocked freezer full of tasty dishes.
I’ll be doing a second installment, covering one pan dish and traybakes, so keep your eyes peeled for that if you like easy cooking.
Easy Gluten Free One Pot Meals Round Up
Let’s kick off this round up with the easiest of the easy – meals where all the ingredients go straight into a single pot, to keep every delicious flavour in. Most of these gluten free one pot meals are perfect as a standalone dish. A few can be stretched by the addition of a side dish, but can also be enjoyed one their own.
1. Mediterranean Fish One Pot (DF)
White fish, grated courgette, tomatoes, rice and olives all cooked in a delicious sundried tomato and herb infused stock. This is a full meal in a single dish, no sides needed. To make it family friendly, use a low salt stock if cooking for young children). My kids love this one.
2. Chicken One Pot Wonder Dinner (DF)
Another full meal, wonder dish, this chicken variation has a similar Mediterranean vibe, but with crispy, golden chicken thighs nestled in a bed for tasty rice and veg. No sides needed, unless you fancy some extra veg (panfried tenderstem broccoli would be a nice addition). Family friendly if you use a low salt stock and perhaps use boneless chicken thighs for the kids.
3. Mexican Rice One Pot (V)
My daughter’s current favourite meal, this is a brilliant vegetarian one pot that even meat-eaters will enjoy. Rice, black beans, peppers and onions in tex mex style spices (mild enough for kids), topped with cheddar, avocado, sour cream and jalepenos. Serve as a standalone or with tortilla chips for scooping!
4. Easy Chorizo Stew (DF)
A flavour-packed tomato and paprika stew with chorizo and beans, this is a brilliant dish for the whole family. Try it on its own as a warming lunch, as a topping for baked potatoes with salad, or on a bed of rice with avocado and sour cream.
No need to precook the gnocchi, they simply go straight into the rich tomato, chorizo and aubergine sauce. Then the dish is topped with cheese and baked in the oven.
This easy one pot dish of baked halloumi, veggies and beans in a rich tomato sauce is a lovely vegetarian midweek meal. Scattered with pine nuts and fresh herbs to finish, it’s a delicious dish to enjoy with gluten free flatbread and salad. Or of course you can also enjoy it as a standalone dish.
7. Tomato, Lentil & Roasted Butternut Squash Stew (DF, V, Ve)
This butternut squash stew is such a delicious meal to whip up at home. Slightly smoky with paprika, punchy tomato flavours, the sweetness of squash and gentle bite of lentils. This stew is gorgeous either as a standalone dish or with roasted potato bites, rice or bread on the side.
Eggs gently poached in a bed of tomatoey, lightly spiced and smoky beans and chorizo combine to make one delicious meal. No side dishes necessary, unless you want to add some gluten free bread for dipping in those yolks!
9. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chilli (DF, V, Ve)
This sweet potato and black bean vegetarian chili is healthy, warming and packed with flavour. It’s naturally gluten free and dairy free too, making it a great crowd-pleaser dish when you are catering for different dietary requirements.
This Spanish chicken, chorizo and chickpea stew is a speedy and delicious dinner that is suitable for the whole family. It can be served as a standalone dish or with a side of new potatoes or crusty gluten free bread. Try it with my pao de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread.
Shakshuka is a naturally gluten free brunch dish of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s absolutely delicious and is a dish we love to make at home too. You can finish the dish off with various toppings, such as yoghurt, avocado, gluten free chorizo or zatar spice mix. Then serve with gluten free bread for a big sharing brunch dish.
This chicken, mushroom and sundried tomato risotto makes the most glorious meal. Packed with those headline ingredients, plus peas for a pop of freshness, this is a lovely creamy risotto that is sheer comfort food at its best.
13. Beef & Red Wine Casserole (DF)
This one pot beef and red wine stew is straightforward to make and is a warming, hearty and delicious meal for a chilly evening or family lunch. Serve with smooth, buttery mashed potato and your choice of greens (broccoli, asparagus or green beans are all perfect partners for this stew).
14. Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew (DF)
Super-tender lamb, soft butternut squash, carrots and lentils in a tomato, wine, herb and stock sauce, then slow cooked for one truly delicious dish. Enjoy as a standalone bowlful, or serve with brown rice and sauteed kale.
15. Satay Chicken Coconut Curry (DF)
A mild, peanut and coconut thai-style curry sauce with chicken, aubergine and spinach. Sprinkle a few nuts and chilli flakes to finish, serve on a bed of rice and voila, deeeelicious!
My take on classic paella, with perfectly seasoned rice, chrozio, prawns, asparagus and peas. Not in keeping with the Spanish classic, but a tribute to it and much faster to make.
And here are a few *almost* gluten free one pot meals – noodle/stir fry dishes that are super simple to make. You’ll need to cook the noodles before adding, unless you use a straight-to-wok variety (such as Amoy), but otherwise they are easy one pot dinners:
17. Pad Thai with Prawns (DF)
My simple twist on classic pad thai, the famous Thai noodle dish. I’ve used supermarket ingredients to create this delicious and speedy dish.
18. 15 Minute Peanut Butter Tahini Noodles (DF, V, Ve)
Yes these noodles really are that quick to make and WOW they are full of flavour and incredibly satisfying. You can use chicken, prawns or extra veggies in this dish, depending on your personal preference.
19. Teriyaki Chicken Noodles (DF)
Seriously yummy noodles, feat succulent chicken pieces that are almost caramelised in the teriyaki sauce, for ultimate flavour. Then plenty of veggies and extra teriyaki sauce go into the pan to sizzle and reduce, before a final dose of shredded greens and rice noodles are tossed through to finish.
20. Red Thai Curry Noodles (DF, V, Ve)
These delicious red thai curry noodles are an absolute favourite meal of mine at the moment. Slightly soupy, packed with fabulous flavours and immensely satisfying. They are also quick to make, only taking 30 minutes, so make a lovely midweek meal.
This gluten free stir fry sauce is super tasty and is adapted from a brilliant recipe my mum shared with me. For a quick midweek meal, stir fry is always a winner and this particular recipe is one of my favourite go-tos.
Last but not least, soups are reeeeeally easy gluten free one pot meals. I love this way of cooking. Many involving bunging veg and stock into a pan, cooking and blitzing, so are perfect for lunch when you are working from home. You can also make most of these (not the noodle soup) as meal prep are freeze in portions. Cheaper and tastier than shop-bought shop:
22. Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup (DF)
This Thai-style gluten free chicken noodle soup is a staple in our household and an excellent way to use up roast chicken leftovers. It features a warming broth, which you can add fresh chilli too if you like a bit of spice, with rice noodles, soft chicken pieces, mushrooms, sweetcorn and spring onion.
23. Carrot, Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup (DF, V, Ve)
This warming gluten free soup is dairy free too, as well as being full of good nutrients and low in fat. Perfect whether you are eating healthily or just want a big bowlful of deliciousness.
24. Celeriac Soup (V)
I’ve discovered a new love for celeriac soup. It’s gorgeously creamy, with a slight nutty flavour, and is a perfect warming lunch with buttered gluten free bread.
A gorgeous soup to make using parsnips, carrots and lightly spiced with curry powder. Easy, delicious and waaaay better than shop bought!
There you have it – one pot dinners for dayyyyssssss. Be sure to bookmark this post and check back any time your tummy is rumbling. I’ve also got some great new one pot recipes to add here in the coming weeks.