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Say goodbye to messy meal prep and cleanup with three simple and delicious meals you can cook in one pan. These recipes make it easy to whip up a home-cooked dinner without hours of work or a sink full of pots to scrub afterwards. You’re welcome!

Martha Stewart’s One Pot Pasta

This pasta dish from Martha Stewart only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, and is amazing. It cooks entirely in one skillet or saute pan, without boiling your linguini first. We know, we know – it sounds too good to be true, but this is the real deal. It’s a vegetarian pasta with cherry tomatoes, onion, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a little kick. The trick is that the recipe uses exactly the right amount of water to cook the pasta perfectly, while the starch from the pasta simultaneously thickens the sauce. It’s genius! Tip: the printed recipe calls for ½ a teaspoon of pepper flakes, but you might find ¼ teaspoon provides just enough heat if you’re not a fan of spicy food.

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Broccolini

We would like to introduce you to your new best friend in the kitchen – the sheet pan. There are about a zillion sheet pan dinner recipes online, and one of our favorites is this recipe from Country Living magazine for savory lemon-rosemary chicken with roasted broccolini. After prepping and seasoning the ingredients with lemon slices, fresh herbs, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and crushed red pepper, you bake the chicken in a 425 degree oven for around 20 minutes, before adding the vegetables to the pan and baking for another 15 minutes or so. It is so flavorful and tasty, and it looks beautiful when served.

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops & Veggies

With only five main ingredients, this recipe from Damn Delicious is super easy, and super yummy! The key to this recipe is the ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix (Hidden Valley is probably the most common brand you’ll find on supermarket shelves). The meat and veggies are also seasoned with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper before roasting for around 20 minutes at a low temperature. The final step is to broil the meat and vegetables for two to three minutes to get a little char and caramelization. Then serve it up and enjoy.

Have fun trying these recipes, and enjoy all the free time you’ll gain when you can do the dishes (or should we say dish) after dinner in a snap. For more helpful cooking and lifestyle tips, visit the Olympus Willow Park blog.