One-pot meals are the easiest way to get dinner on the table during the lazy summer holidays because you can relax as they simmer away. Our selection celebrates beautiful seasonal fruit and veg, like courgettes, broad beans, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and aubergines. We've included healthy, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options to suit all families. Take a look at some of our best summer picks below.


For the ultimate collection of easy dinners, see our family one-pot recipes. Next, discover our top family summer traybake recipes, family summer slow cooker recipes and family barbecue desserts. When the heat gets too much to put the oven on, you can turn to our top no-cook family meals.

1. Smoky BBQ pork buns with crushed avocado

Smoky bbq pork in a pan next to buns and guacamole

Our smoky BBQ pork buns with crushed avocado are an easy, summer dinner the whole family can enjoy. Smoky, barbecue pork is a summer classic topped with fresh avocado and zesty lime. Kids can help in the kitchen by crushing the avocado by hand and building their own sandwiches. Use your favourite barbecue sauce or try our classic recipe.

For more smoky flavours, see our family barbecue collection.

2. Courgette & lemon risotto

Pan of courgette and lemon risotto

This courgette & lemon risotto is a light, vegetarian dinner option that includes nutritious, seasonal ingredients. For this easy risotto, simply stir in the courgette, simmer and serve. The addition of crème fraîche and parmesan make for a tasty, creamy sauce. The delicate flavours are mild enough for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy, too.

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For more veggie meals, see our vegetarian summer collection.

3. Chickpea tagine & couscous

Chickpea tagine & couscous

This speedy veggie one-pot is so easy it can be made on a camping stove. Using tagine paste for added convenience, combine with your tinned chickpeas and jarred piquillo peppers for a flavoursome, hearty dinner. Serve with one of our quick couscous recipes.

4. Aubergine, halloumi & harissa skillet bake

Aubergine and halloumi bake in a round skillet plan

For an eye-catching dinner that's both vegetarian and gluten-free, this one-pan skillet bake is sure to impress. With halloumi, aubergine and a rich tomato sauce, it's packs a summery punch. Try more summer recipes with halloumi.

5. Fridge-raid one-pan pesto pasta

Fridge-raid one-pan pesto pasta in a saucepan and bowl

The beauty of this dish is that it uses up any odds and ends of veggies left hanging around in your fridge. And by using a jar of shop-bought pesto, dinner is on the table in no time. Although if you're feeling ambitious, try making your own homemade pesto.

6. Salmon & asparagus one-pot gratin

Salmon & asparagus one-pot gratin in a large baking dish

Put seasonal asparagus to good use in this creamy one-pot dish with flaky salmon. The cheesy breadcrumb topping adds plenty of flavour as well as a satisfying crunch. Serve with crusty bread ready for dunking. Next, try more summer salmon recipes.

7. Honey & mustard chicken thighs with spring veg

Tray of chicken, potatoes and peas

Our honey & mustard chicken thighs with spring veg combines roast chicken, new potatoes and vibrant greens for a nourishing family meal. This gluten-free recipe is packed full of fibre, iron and folate and can be easily doubled for a large family. This self-saucing one-pot combines the best flavours of a Sunday roast without the fuss.

For more inspiration, see our family chicken collection.

8. Roast summer vegetables & chickpeas

Cpurgettes, chickpeas and aubergine in a pan

Our roast summer vegetables & chickpeas recipe is a vegan option packed with seasonal produce. Filled with hearty aubergines, courgettes and potatoes, this dinner is filling enough for veggies and meat eaters alike. This tomato-based stew is an easy mid-week meal that can be made ahead.

For more light dinners, see our vegan summer recipes.

9. Summer chicken one-pot

Pot of chicken with summer vegetables

This easy summer chicken one-pot is the perfect meal for al fresco family dining in the summer months. Get dinner on the table in under an hour with this quick chicken bake. It's filled with the best summer produce including colourful sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and broad beans.

For more chicken meals for the warmer months, see our summer chicken collection.

10. Sausage & veg one-pot

Pot of green vegetables and sausages

This sausage & veg one-pot is a casserole that's light enough for warm summer evenings. Bright veggies like broad beans, peas and green beans give this one-pot a boost of colour. Try serving with our easy white bread.

For more hearty stews, see our family casserole collection.

11. Cajun chicken one-pot

Cajun chicken pasta

The creamy, alfredo-inspired sauce is sure to go down a treat with the whole family. We've added in cajun seasoning for a gentle kick and chunks of tender chicken breast. Top with plenty of fresh parsley and grated parmesan for a weeknight winner. Try more quick and easy family pasta recipes.

12. Summer chicken stew

Chicken with green vegetables in a bowl

Our summer chicken stew is a healthy one-pot that incorporates lots of summer greens. This low-cal option combines tender chicken thighs, new potatoes and hearty veg for a super filling stew. Serve with a squeeze of lemon for an even fresher flavour.

For more meals you can feel good about, see our healthy family collection.

13. Spanish rice & prawn one-pot

Pan of rice with prawns and mixed vegetables

Feed the whole family in under 20 minutes with our super quick spanish rice & prawn one-pot. It's perfect for a lazy summer evening as it requires minimal ingredients and prep. Plus, it channels the flavours of a sunny Mediterranean holiday with chorizo, prawns and colourful peppers.

For more speedy dinners, see our quick summer recipes.

14. Chicken Provençal with olives & artichokes

Pot off chicken with artichokes and olives

Our easy chicken Provençal with olives & artichokes brings the flavours of summer in Provence to life. The fragrant selection of herbs, tomatoes, olives and artichokes combine for a light meal. This one-pot is great for larger families, serving up to six people. Try serving it with our epic summer salad.

For more inspiration, see our summer family collection.

15. Sausage, roasted veg & puy lentil one-pot

Sausages, lentils and roasted vegetables on a plate

Our sausage, roasted veg & puy lentil one-pot is an easy family dinner that uses minimal, no-prep ingredients, like ready-to-roast vegetables. Use your favourite sausages or try swapping with veggie ones for a vegetarian meal. The lentils and chunky vegetables are super filling, and provide three of your five-a-day.

For more simple recipes, see our easy summer collection.

16. Spicy chicken couscous

Pot of chicken couscous

This healthy one-pot spicy chicken couscous is perfect for a summer dinner. It can be ready in just 30 minutes, so you don't have to spend too long at the stove when the weather is really hot. Adjust the spice to suit your family by swapping the hot curry paste for medium or mild.

For more filling, fast and cheap dishes, check out our couscous recipes.

17. One-pot prawn & lentil curry

Lentil curry with king prawns, red onion and coriander

Freeze the dhal base of this curry for busy weeknights. It's cheap, easy and versatile – defrost and add prawns, veg or meat. It’s also gluten-free and low in fat.

For more shellfish flavours, check out our prawn curry recipes.

18. One-pot coconut fish curry

Pot of creamy coconut fish curry

This one-pot coconut fish curry can be cooked in just half an hour, with only five mins of prep. Served with rice and yogurt, it's ideal for feeding the family quickly and on a budget. It’s also healthy, gluten-free and low carb. Swap your rice for cauliflower rice to make a keto-friendly dinner.

Discover more creamy and spicy fish curry recipes.

19. Chicken, kale & mushroom pot pie

Pot of creamy mushrooms and chicken with kale and pastry on top

This creamy chicken, kale and mushroom one-pot makes a fantastic family dinner. Using ready-made puff pastry means that it can be cooked and served in under an hour, and if you have any leftovers, they can be easily frozen to enjoy another day.

Discover more hearty pot pie recipes.

20. Sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot

Gnocchi, sausage and kale in a pan and bowl

This sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot is highly filling and, believe it or not, takes only 20 minutes! Fry the sausage meat before adding chilli flakes and fennel seeds. Then tip in the gnocchi and fry for a minute before adding chicken stock and simmering for three minutes with the lid on. Stir in the kale and cook for two minutes before stirring in some parmesan and seasoning. Voila!

Discover more gnocchi recipes.

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