Weekday One Pot Meals

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Let’s face it, after months of holiday cooking, no one really feels like slaving over the stove for a week-night dinner. And with a new year beginning (and another tax season looming) it’s no secret that we’re all pinching pennies either. Paula believes one-pot meals are the best way to cut down on time and money. And, the best part –one pot cleanup!

One of the hurdles people face with one-pot dinners is uneven cooking. The potatoes aren’t done, but the celery is mushy. There are two ways to overcome this. One way is to add your veggies at different times. Stir in ingredients that have a longer cooking time first, then add the ingredients with a shorter cooking time later. Another way is to cut vegetables with a longer cooking time smaller than those with a shorter cooking time. This will allow you to add them all at once and get an even texture throughout. Keep these tips in mind while cooking Paula’s Pot Roast Soup or Gumbo and it’s sure to be a success!

Toppings are a great way to add texture, flavor, and a homemade touch to your dish. Don’t be scared to top your dish with something a little different. Instead of crackers try making your own jumbo croutons. Dice bread (to desired size), brush with olive oil, and bake at 300 degrees until toasty and golden brown. Adding minced tarragon to your croutons before baking makes them a great topping for our Lemon Tarragon Chicken Soup. Chopped peanuts are great sprinkled atop our Sweet and Mild Shrimp Stirfry. Thinking of topping our Speedy Veggie Chili with sour cream? Mix it up with some Greek yogurt, for a little added tart, or some ricotta cheese for smooth, mild cheesy flavor. Topping each bowl of Turkey Minestrone with a little fresh spinach will add a little crunch, and a fresh flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, a julienne of candied ginger is a great way to add some spice and crunch to Ham Fried Rice with Pineapple and Fried Egg.

With a dinner as good as this, always be prepared for unexpected guests. No need to thin out flavor by adding water or broth, one great way to stretch a soup or stew is to ladle it over prepared rice or noodles. No one leaves hungry, and clean up is still a breeze. Seafood Cioppino Stew is great over fettuccini or penne.  Ladle Shaggy Man Split Pea Soup over long grain basmati, or your favorite rice for additional servings. For a twist, pour Tomato Soup over sautéed, ribbon-cut collards. This will add rich flavor, not to mention lots of iron, without adding lots of cost.

Minimal dishes, minimal time, minimal grocery tab – the only things there’s a lot of in these one-pot dishes is flavor. Try out our favorites!

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You r amazing , I do have the blueberry speckle pots , really enjoy using your ! Thanks for all you do.

By vivian ketcham on January 07, 2014

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Paula, I have loved your cooking a long time. It get better all the time. I have most of your cook books and kept the magazines with the recipes. I have eaten in your restaurant in Savannah. Very good indeed. Hope to see you back on the tube soon. Until then, keep on cooking, Sherman

By Sherman White on January 06, 2014

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I am a huge Paula fan just got my pots and pans in red for Christmas I love them I can't say enough about them I love to cook and have retired all of my other cookware Thank you so much

By Nancy Zenzel on January 12, 2013

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Help! Love the idea of three greens and steak. I would love the recipe, please. My girls and I Enjoy the show on the weekend.

By Brenda Robinson on January 02, 2013

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Trying to find Ribs with potatoes/sourkraut--Please Help shown 12/26/2011 It was aprgram of one pot meals. Also the shrimp dish in the same segment THANK YOU

By Tori AQdler on December 27, 2011

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Hi Mary, Here is the recipe you're looking for: http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/omelette_for_a_crowd/

By Jonathan Able on March 24, 2011

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All of your kids recipes are delicious. However, your Pumpkin Muffins recipe is missing something. It calls for buttermilk, molasses and allspice. The texture is good, I'm wondering what you would suggest to make them more flavorful. Karen

By Anonymous on March 06, 2011

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Paula, I'm looking for the receipe you showed on your show for company omelets that are made in a baggie individually. Can you help me? Thank you! Mary

By Mary McElroy on March 04, 2011

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Hi Kathy, Here is the recipe you're looking for: http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/slow_berry_cobbler

By Jonathan Able on February 25, 2011

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Love your recipes but I can't find the one for the berry crisp you did on one pot dishes. You did it in the crick pot and I wanted to make it for our anniversary! Thanks, kathy

By Kathy sobel on February 18, 2011

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hi paula i look forward to your recipes their like cooming home the latast one is the shaggy man split pea soup wonderfull!!! my family couldnt get enough thanks jenny

By jenny on February 18, 2011

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I WATCH YOU EVERY DAY, I LOVE YOUR RECIPES. FOR CHRISTMAS I GOT YOUR POTS AND PANS. YOUR CASSEROLE DISHES IN EVERY SIZE. LOVE THEM. I GOT THE RED.

By Judy Rhodes on February 15, 2011

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By Janet Shirts on February 15, 2011

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Watch your show every day.. enjoy cookin some of your recipe.. Thank ya, for all the good dishes, you share!! Ya'll have a good day ya hear..

By Bessie Hall on February 15, 2011

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Good morning Paula I have a favor is there any advice you could tell my son who is graduating in May who wants to become a chef. He is terrified it seems to me he is not sure how to start he plans to attend Iowa Westeren Community College this fall. Any advice would sure be helpful

By Kimberly Richmond on February 15, 2011

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I love watching the foodnetwork when you are on so I can get new recipes to make for my family. I have tried a few of them but put my own twist on them cause I have high cholestrol so I have to cut out the extra butter

By Brandie Travis on February 15, 2011

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
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