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One-pot meals are incredible. You can create a big, filling and tasty family dinner, all in one big pan. Prep is easier and faster, everyone gets a yummy meal that they enjoy, and there’s much less washing up than with some other recipes. You won’t have to worry about the room on your hob or space in your oven. And, one-pot meals are often perfect for freezing and reheating on another day.

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All you need to create a fantastic one-pot meal is often a chopping board and a knife, and one of these Cast Iron Casserole Dishes, and you’re good to go. Here are five fantastic one-pot meals that your family are sure to love.

Sausage and Bean Casserole

A super simple casserole that’s filled with flavour, and goodness. Fry 12 sausages, some chopped bacon, two cloves of garlic (crushed) and one diced onion in your cast iron dish in a little oil. Add 200 ml chicken stock, 400g tinned tomatoes, 2 tbsp tomato puree, and 100ml red wine and bring to a simmer. Add 1 tsp mixed herbs and 1 tsp oregano and simmer for 30 minutes. Add a tin of drained butter beans and cook for a further 10 minutes.

This kind of casserole is so filling you could happily eat it on its own or with some bread to mop up the sauce. If you don’t mind a little more washing up, serve with mashed potatoes.

Lamb Hotpot

Hotpots are a fantastic one-pot meal, and a great way to use up any leftover meat that you may have. Gently cook diced lamb, onions and any other veg that you like in some beef stock in your pot until the meat is tender. Top with sliced potatoes and brush with butter. Bake in the oven on 180 degrees for around 30 minutes until the top is browning and the gravy is bubbling up from underneath the potatoes.

Classic Beef Stew

Diced beef, chopped vegetables and big chunks of potato, slowed cooked in a big pan with beef stock, a little onion and some mixed herbs. Add dumplings for something extra and serve with fresh, crunchy bread. A classic meal that’s incredibly easy, cheap and filling.

Cod and Chorizo Stew

If you fancy something, a little different, Cod and chorizo stew could be the answer. Gently fry some sliced chorizo in your pan until it’s releasing its oils. Add a diced onion, and continue to cook until soft. Pour in a tin of chopped tomatoes and 500 ml of vegetable stock before adding sliced new potatoes, a tin of butter beans and some spinach. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the lid, stir in a pinch of chilli flakes and gently place four cod fillets on top. Cook for a further 20 minutes until the fish is cooked and the potatoes are soft.

One of the best things about one-pot meals is that you can add things and change the recipes up to suit you. Use the vegetables and beans that you like the best. Add potatoes, or take them out. Serve with sides, or on their own. There’s so much freedom when you cook easy, one pot meals.

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