One-Dish Meal

Recipe: Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cooking while on vacation is a great time to slow down and enjoy the process, but there can be some limitations. You might be in a rental kitchen with minimal equipment, or need to feed a crowd on a budget — that's where the tried-and-true combination of pasta, sauce, and cheese always wins the day. Throw in some Italian sausage and sweet peppers, and the smell of this baked casserole will lure everybody into the kitchen even though the sun's still up.

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Recipe: Farmers Market Pasta Dinner — Farmers Market Suppers

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The minute you get home from the farmers market, get a pot of boiling water going because tonight's dinner is going to feature whatever's in your farmers market haul. Start with your of-the-moment veggies and fragrant herbs, dress them up in a buttery white wine sauce and grated Parm, and set the table because dinner is pretty much ready. You're going to want to keep this veggie-filled pasta template in your back pocket all summer long because it's one of our favorite quick and reliable solutions for turning a trip to the farmers market into dinner.

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10 of Our Favorite One-Pot Pastas for Summer — Recipes from The Kitchn

Pasta is easily one of my most favorite meals, and I have no shame in admitting it's on weekly rotation in my household — all year long. I stock my pantry with noodles of all shapes and sizes, ready to be grabbed and transformed into a simple dinner with the addition of a green salad and perhaps a glass of wine.

Come summer, pasta night still prevails, but to honor the laziness of the season, my pastas become lazier. I'm talking about one-pot or single-skillet pasta dinners. It's hard to argue with their ease of prep and cleanup. Whether I'm craving something light and fresh, with loads of farmers market veggies, or something a touch more homey and comforting, these 10 recipes have my back all summer long.

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This Is the Easiest One-Pan Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Ever — Delicious Links

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When you don't have the energy to cook (say, on a busy weeknight after a long, hectic day), one-pan meals are the answer. This recipe in particular is one to have in your back pocket at all times. It's truly a dump-and-bake affair — no browning, boiling, or sautéing required.

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Recipe: Stovetop Pesto Macaroni and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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A few big spoonfuls of bright, herby pesto make mac and cheese a weeknight dinner suitable for summer. The creamy, nutty flavors of sharp cheddar play nicely with the herby pesto, which brings a vibrant contrast to the cheese's richness. Store-bought pesto is always a back-pocket shortcut for us, but during the summer fresh become our first choice. So when considering this for dinner, include homemade pesto in the plans too.

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You Only Need One Pan for This Lemon Chicken with Olives — Delicious Links

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If you're lucky enough to have a back patio, front porch, or even just a fire escape, now is the time to enjoy dinner al fresco. There's really nothing like sitting outside on a summer evening, enjoying a simple meal and a cold glass of wine. This skillet chicken with lemon, olives, and potatoes is the perfect dish to make for such a supper.

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