Delicious recipes and tips for one-pot casseroles, gratins, soups, and stews
When the wind is howling outside and you're chilled to the bone, reach for a homey casserole, gratin, soup, or stew to warm you up. One big advantage to making our favorite no-fuss one-pot recipes: Clean-up won't be such a chore, so you'll be able to spend more time with friends and family.
Slow It Down
A slow cooker is perfect for meat- and poultry-based soups and stews: You turn it on, walk away, and let the slow steady heat tenderize tougher-and usually, cheaper-cuts of meat. For poultry, note that dark meat will take longer than white, so adjust your cooking time accordingly. Leaving bones in will also add to the total cooking time. For helpful cooking tips, check out our primer on slow cooking.
If you need breadcrumbs but only have fresh bread on hand, lay the slices on a baking sheet and place them in a 300° F oven for approximately ten minutes. Allow them to cool before cutting them into smaller pieces, and then blend in a food processor until fine.
Even when it's wintertime, you can find seasonal ingredients such as root vegetables and certain cooking greens. If you can't find local, seasonal produce, canned and frozen goods are good-and convenient-options. See what's in season at your local farmers' market with our seasonal ingredient map.
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