Book Jacket: One Pot cooking by Martha Stewart Kitchens

by Bridget O’Donnell

With only so many hours in a day who wouldn’t appreciate cooking a healthy meal in ONE POT on a regular basis? Just think of how economical and practical this approach could be. Save time with meal-planning, -prep and cleanup. Depending on the dish [set a timer/alarm and] multitask while your meal cooks and leave yourself more time to do other things like go outside and enjoy the weather. … Subtly prefaced, our next review introduces One pot: 120+ easy meals from your skillet, slow cooker, stockpot, and more / from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. If you don’t already have that ‘go-to-pan’ in the kitchen One Pot can help you pick a favorite while providing a number of backups. Learn a few basics and suggested cooking tips for each of the following cookware:

  • Dutch oven,
  • [Cast iron] Skillet & Sauté pan,
  • Roasting/Sheet pan & Baking dish,
  • Stock pot & Sauce pan,
  • Slow cooker,
  • Pressure/Instant cooker.

Photo of Beef Stew with Noodles

Flip through pages of deliciously accessible recipes that take less than an hour from start to finish. Good luck deciding what to make first…

The Beef Stew with Noodles (on pg.14) recently provided me with a base recipe to repurpose corned beef ‘broth.’ I further modified the recipe by omitting the parsley and vinegar [before serving] and adding celery, garlic and baby portabella/Cremini mushrooms as they’d be called for in a pot of soup. My cook-times were a little different than what was suggested in the recipe but I’ve only been cooking in the Dutch oven since Winter and I’m still getting used to its nuances on our stove top. We’ll definitely be trying a few other recipes from One Pot to help make room in the freezer for Summer gardening and local vegetable-share produce.

And with everyday dinners streamlined you may find there’s [also] more time (and motivation) to make dessert or maybe you just prefer dessert first. Whatever your preference, we can thank Jess for her short and sweet and very persuading review below of the Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie (found on pg.239). …Calling all Cookie Monsters…

Photo of skillet chocolate chip cookie

What prompted you to check out this cookbook?

I love to cook a tasty meal that uses as few pots as possible. Less to clean!

What did you like about this cookbook?
There’s a great variety of recipes and the directions are straight-forward. Everything I’ve made has been delicious!

What didn’t you like about this cookbook?
Really nothing. I liked it so much I bought a copy.

Favorite recipe (that you tried from the cookbook):
The Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie on page 239, hands down! It’s the recipe that saved me during quarantine.

Did you alter the recipe or make any substitutions? If so, what were they?
You can always add a cup of your favorite toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds) to the mix when you add the chocolate chips.


  1. One pot: 120+ easy meals from your skillet, slow cooker, stockpot, and more / from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living (cookbook reviewed)

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