Make Clean Up Easy With These One-Skillet Dinner Ideas

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If you don’t like cleaning a pile of dishes after each meal, make it easier on yourself with these handy, tasty one-skillet recipes!

Easy Breakfast Skillet

Start your day with a high-protein meal and low-effort cleanup. This one-pan breakfast comes together in about half an hour, and it combines morning-meal favorites like eggs, sausage, and bacon. You’ll need an oven-safe skillet, so cast iron is perfect for this dish. Start by browning some potatoes on the stovetop, then add the sausage and bacon. Once they’ve been on the heat for a couple of minutes, add the eggs, top with salt, pepper, and cheese, then load it all into the oven to bake for up to 12 minutes.

Garlic Butter Steak

Pan cooking a hearty steak in a cast iron skillet is as straightforward as it gets, and this recipe is proof that you don’t have to spend too much time at the stove to yield amazing results. When your skillet is nice and hot, add a little oil and sear the steak on both sides for about four minutes each. When it’s ready to serve, add a generous slice of butter on top. While a simple knob of butter would be fine here, you can enrich the flavors by making a compound butter beforehand. Just combine two tablespoons of softened butter with two minced garlic cloves, plus a tablespoon of chopped parsley. You can throw all this together while the steak is set aside to tenderize in salt and pepper, then let it firm up in the fridge again until you’re ready to put it in the pan.


How about a convenient take on some classic Italian fare? This skillet lasagna by Texas recipe developer Serene Herrera makes cheesy, melty, home-cooked comfort food easier than ever. Start by cooking the meat, and remember that while this recipe recommends Italian sausage, ground beef would work well here, too. When the protein is nearly cooked all the way, build the sauce in the pan by adding onion and garlic, then poring in tomato sauce with herbs. Break the pasta into pieces before adding it, then mix it all together and cover it with a lid to cook until tender.

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