What to Eat: One-Pot Meals for a Busy Holiday Season

The holidays are supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying good food with good company—and these delicious recipes will ensure that even the cook gets in on the fun.

Pumpkin and Goat’s Cheese Lasagneby Nigella Lawson

The ingredients in the name alone say it all: Any pairing of pumpkin and goat cheese means good things are bound to happen.

When the holiday crowds roll in this week, hosts have to have something hearty and satisfying to eat at the ready. And since one never knows who’s eating what these days—is Aunt Nancy still a vegetarian? is Uncle Jerry still lactose-intolerant?—it’s best to make something warm, rich, nourishing, and generally accommodating. This lasagne is just that dish, made with seasonal squash, goat cheese (low in lactose!), and filling sheets of pasta. This dish can be reheated until every last bit is gone, though it shouldn’t take too long for that to happen.

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Chili for a Crowdby Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famers reveal their recipe for the perfect pot of chili.

The Silver Palate, the premier gourmet takeout shop in New York in the 1980s, always offered Sheila’s special chili in the winter. There’s not much to say about it except that it was consistently a winner. And when there’s a host of people to feed, this Southwestern stew is easily the answer. Offer bowls of sour cream, chopped white onion, and grated Cheddar cheese, and let guests garnish as they please. This is low-stress dining at its tastiest.

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Roasted Loin of Pork with Brussels Sproutsby Rick Rodgers

Forget the scary stories about Brussels sprouts—soak them in pork juice and never look back.

When the guests arrive, there will invariably not be enough time for all the cooking that needs to be done, especially for pre-Christmas meals. The solution? Throw everything into the same pan. In this recipe, the Brussels sprouts are roasted in the pork loin’s pan juices, a technique that will make them even more delicious than they were at Thanksgiving. Plus, at-home chefs will save time, effort, and the ever-valuable clean pot.

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Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Winter Greensby Amy Farges

The queen of mushrooms shares a recipe that will help kick off a very happy and hearty holiday.

The family is coming to town on Wednesday, and there’s still shopping to do. Who has time to think about cooking dinner? We say: Don’t worry. Make this stew—full of rich flavors, meltingly tender meat, and irresistible sauce—the day before, and heat it up after that trip to the mall. We guarantee everyone will be impressed.

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Moroccan Lamb and Lentil Stew with Minted Yogurtby Lorna Sass

Stir the pot this holiday season by making something unusual—starting with this mouth-watering stew.

If the Christmas dinner is all about tradition, do something out of the ordinary for those nights before. Cumin, cinnamon, and tart-sweet prunes give this exotic stew North African flavor. Depending upon how much lamb is included, the stew can be lentil with lamb or lamb with lentils. In any case, it’s sure to be an unusual crowd-pleaser.

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