Few things are as important to a busy family cook than easy clean up. Even if you have kids old enough to help with the task—4- to 5-years-old according to our guide to kids’ chores by age—nothing is more draining at the end of a long day than having to juggle multiple cooking times and deal with a sink full of pots. That’s why we love a good one-pot meal. These 6 sheet pan recipes are the oven’s answer to the one-pot recipe and we love them just as much. Maybe more since we don’t have to man the stove while the food cooks.
Melissa Clark at the New York Times is somewhat of an expert when it comes to sheet pan meals. Well, if you ask me, she’s an expert at whatever she cooks but, as a busy working mom, she nails sheet pan cooking. Her Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Arugula, and Garlic Yogurt is absolutely gorgeous and, without a doubt, totally delicious. In this other piece describing her Springtime Sheet Pan Chicken (top), Melissa gives great tips that are useful for cooking any sheet pan meal. Check them out.
Sheet pan cooking is nearly as easy as Chinese take-out and, with this recipe for Chicken and Broccoli with Spicy Peanut Sauce at This Beautiful Day, it’s just as delicious, too! I love that you can use the simple peanut sauce from this recipe in other ways, like on pasta, soba noodles, or rice. I also like that you can easily serve it on the side. If you have a picky eater, roast one chicken cutlet and some broccoli plain and offer the sauce up as a side for dipping.
Sheet pan cooking has a reputation for being a fall and winter thing. It’s no wonder with recipes like this stunning Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner that we spied at Simple Bites. That said, we often prefer to stick one thing in the oven than stand over multiple burners in the warmer weather, plus we’re always down for a taste of the holidays. If you’d rather bring this dinner into Spring or Summer, swap some of the fall veggies for leeks, radishes, and asparagus. Either way, yum.
Sheet pan meals aren’t just for cooking chicken and turkey; fish also roasts up beautifully on a bed of vegetables. This recipe for Roasted Salmon and Asparagus at the Tampa Bay Times pairs salmon with red onions, cherry tomatoes, and spring asparagus. The lemon slices aren’t just for looks, either—they impart a bright citrus flavor that brings the whole dish together.
Traditional saltimbocca is typically made by pan frying veal that’s been wrapped with prosciutto and, often, sage. This recipe for Pork “Saltimbocca” with Roasted Onions and Potatoes at Bon Appetit replaces the traditional veal with pork and cooks the whole thing, complete with side potatoes and onions, in the oven. Though not quite traditional, this sheet pan meal brings all of the flavor of classic saltimbocca with half of the work, and we think that’s a good equation.
You didn’t think we’d wrap up without a vegetarian option, did you? I love this inventive Ratatouille with Goat Cheese from the Sheet Pan Suppers cookbook shared at Soni’s Food. The classic French vegetable casserole gets new life as a quick sheet pan meal. Dotted with goat cheese and served with crusty bread or a pile of rice, this makes a gorgeous spring or summer dinner.