Recipe report: One-pot meals

one-pot meal

Soups, stews, baked pastas and other one-pot meals not only ease operations during the hectic holiday season, but they also have wide customer appeal. Here are five make-ahead recipes to add to your repertoire.

1. Oliver’s Chicken Stew

chicken stew

Chef Jody Adams created this comforting one-pot meal for her son Oliver when he was a toddler, and after it was printed in a Boston newspaper, it became one of her most requested dishes. The lemon, olive oil, garlic, tarragon and Parmesan cheese “are flavors people grew up with,” she says. Adams recommends using fresh herbs and cooking the tiny pasta separately, stirring it into the pot at the end.

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2. Butternut Squash, Bacon and Kale Three-Cheese Pasta

This riff on macaroni and cheese features a different pasta shape and three types of cheese. Butternut squash and kale add a vegetable component, and bacon imparts a smoky flavor. For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon. Either way, this pasta bake makes for a comforting cold-weather dish.

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3. Tomato and Olive-Braised Lamb Meatballs with Soft Polenta

meatball polenta

Meatballs are an on-trend menu item and a sought-after comfort food. Chef Accarrino of SPQR puts a Mediterranean twist on the dish by using ground lamb, smoked paprika and toasted cumin, but the Italian influence shines through in the tomato-based sauce and bed of creamy polenta.

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4. Kerala Potato Stew


For this stew, chef Gomez looked to the flavors of her native India for inspiration. Fragrant with spices, rich with coconut milk and brimming with vegetables, the recipe makes a satisfying dish for vegan and vegetarian customers.

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5. Black Barley Paella


Using black barley instead of rice in this paella recipe is a smart way to introduce customers to a grain that may be less familiar. In terms of presentation, the barley makes a colorful contrast to the shellfish, chicken, vegetables and other ingredients in this one-dish entree.

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