27 of the best Dutch oven recipes that make simple meals in one bowl

Person carrying white bean soup and sausage in a blue Dutch oven

Mike Garten

No matter the season, our Test Kitchen experts love using the Dutch oven. This versatile pot is perfect for every dish, from quick and flavorful soup recipes to sweet stir-fries, and the best Dutch oven recipes prove it. We’ve rounded up our favorite stews, tender bakes, and easy sauteed seafood recipes so you can put your Dutch oven to good use.

But first, you might be wondering, What is a dutch oven used for? Simple Dutch oven recipes, like slow-cooker one-pot dinners (beef stew, anyone?), as well as baked recipes, like no-knead bread all benefit from this kitchen tool. And you’re curious why they’re great for so many recipes? Dutch ovens are heavy-duty pots made of different types of materials. Our favorites are made of cast iron, which heats quickly and retains heat well for even cooking, from browning and browning to deep frying and even roasting. Many Dutch ovens on the market are also enameled, which makes the cast iron pan more durable and easier to clean.

Looking for your first dutch oven or upgrading that kitchen workroom? Check out the best Dutch ovens according to the product-testing experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab. Once you’ve got your pick, you’ll never put it away. Feed the crew some epic family dinner ideas, great vegan Dutch oven recipes and fancy apple pies for dessert. And with all the lovely purchases out there, you’ll feel the satisfaction of eating dinner straight from the stove to the table. Look no further for some great inspiration to use the Dutch oven tonight.

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Mussels are the perfect quick dinner winner – once you add them to the Dutch oven and open the lid, they’re ready in 3 to 4 minutes. Dinner is over!

get the Mussels recipe from white wine.

Garlic, ginger, onion, and spices contribute to the flavor of this quick dinner, but you can still have it on the table in 30 minutes.

get the chicken curry recipe.


Kale and chickpea soup

A twist on the classic coq au vin, this crowd-pleaser is full of mushrooms and bacon, too.

get the Coq au Vin Rosé . recipe.


Chicken, sausage and white bean broth


Roasted red pepper soup


Best fried chicken

Cashew butter is the secret ingredient to genius in this delicious dinner. It adds texture and richness to offset all those delicious spices.

get the Coconut chicken curry recipe.


Fresh Tomato Soup Seasoned With Sweet And Herbie Pitas


Pork Five Spice Maple Glazed


Pumpkin, walnut and white bean soup

Five-spice powder, a spice blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, Sichuan pepper and cloves, gives this beef stew recipe an extra boost of flavor.

get the Beef stew with five spices.

Craving for soup, but can you also choose a pasta recipe? Look no further than this classic Italian dish of pasta al dente, lots of greens and creamy white beans.

get the Fagioli pasta recipe.


White bean and sausage quick broth


Beans and vegetables with lemon juice and parmesan


Seafood, chorizo ​​and vegetable stew


Chicken and Pea Ball Soup

Think of this comforting dish as a lighter take on your favorite Italian wedding soup, using farro (a healthy whole grain) instead of pasta.

get the Chicken and pea ball soup recipe of Women’s Day.

Your Dutch oven is the perfect vessel for slow-cooking beef broth and then serving it to your guests!

get the Easy beef bourguignon recipe of Women’s Day.

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