One Pot Wonders

Ever get tired of always having to wash up? Maybe you should try cooking one pot meals. No, it won’t get rid of washing up entirely, but it will make the job faster and easier on you. Restricting your cooking to one pot does require some forethought, because it’s far easier to do things one way than another. Not only that, but there are some things you just can’t cook using only one pot, like having rice with a curry. No getting around that one.

Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind when cooking with a single pot is soups, broths and stews. Perfect for the colder months of the year. The other big ticket item for these one pot wonders is pasta. Provided you cook the pasta before you start the sauce, it’s a very convenient way to make a meal in terms of prep and cleanup. On a side note, a lot of people recommend adding a little bit of the water you cooked the pasta in to the sauce so the starch can thicken it up.

One last possibility, that isn’t some family sized omelette or cooked-in-a-pan-cake, is making risotto. To the inexperienced, and even a seasoned cook (see what I did there?), a risotto can seem like a daunting dish that should be left well enough alone. I’m here to tell you that just because an amateur cook on television can’t make a decent risotto doesn’t mean you can’t. Gennaro Contaldi posted a recipe to Food Tube that simplifies the heck out of making that apparently elusive dish.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of limiting your cooking to one pot is that you can very easily modify your recipe for the size of your pot, ultimately reducing the amount of food and, by correlation, the amount of money you spend per meal. If you have a pot, no matter the size, you can cook yourself something in about the same time it’d take you to order out from a fast food store.

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