Looking for easy and healthy dinner ideas that get the veggies in? Check out this collection of our favorite one pot veggie-loaded recipes! Ideal for busy weeknights, these recipes require minimal prep and cleanup. From a tasty sweet potato taco skillet to a veggie-loaded makeover of hamburger helper, there’s something for everyone in this collection of delicious and nutritious one-pot recipes.


We love easy, healthy dinner recipes just as much as the next person. And if a delicious veggie-loaded meal can be made without creating a sink full of dishes, it instantly becomes a staple recipe. Sound like something you need to, then you’ll love these tried-and-true veggie-loaded one pot recipes!

One pot meals have become pretty popular, and for good reason. Our lives are busy and spending hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning at the end of a hectic weekday just does not sound like a good time. And the great thing is, you don’t have you! These veggie-loaded one pot recipes not only get vegetables on the table in a delicious way, but they simplify the cooking and cleaning process by using just one pot or skillet!

Bonus: most of them are done cooking in about 30 minutes, making them even more ideal for those weeknight dinners.

Whether you eat vegetarian, gluten-free, or everything in between, there is a one pot recipe below that will help you get a veggie-loaded dinner on the table in no time.

Veggie-Loaded One Pot Meals


One-Pot Corn & Potato Chowder

This Corn and Potato Chowder is a hearty and flavorful soup that makes for an amazing vegetarian dinner. This one-pot soup is made with fresh corn on the cob or easily adaptable to be made with frozen corn for year-round enjoyment. Naturally gluten free and with a vegan option, this chowder is true feel good comfort food.
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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup ready

One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup (with ground beef)

This One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup is flavorful, simple to make, packed with veggies and protein from ground beef, and makes for a hearty dinner. Make it on the stovetop or cook it up in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. It is a delicious and comforting dinner recipe!
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Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup served in a big bowl

30-Minute Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup

This Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup is easy to make, full of flavor, and totally plant based. Made with blended carrots, red lentils, and coconut milk, this cozy soup is full of warm spices that truly take it next level in the flavor department. Made in about 30 minutes on your stove top, I've also included directions for slow cooker and Instant Pot.
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Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup (vegetarian)

Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup (vegetarian)

This Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup is packed with flavor, is simple to make, and is the perfect cozy vegetarian soup recipe. Make it on the stovetop in one pot in under 30 minutes and enjoy it as a comforting dinner.
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One-Pot Curry Lentil & Vegetable Soup

One-Pot Curry Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Lentil and Vegetable Soup might be the coziest thing I can think to curl up with! Made with just the right amount of warming curry flavor, this soup is full of veggies + plant protein from lentils and chickpeas. Made in one pot in about 30 minutes, it is the perfect end to your day. Recipe based off of this delicious curry lentil soup from Bon Appetit.
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One-Pot Coconut Curry Kabocha Squash Soup

This Coconut Curry Kabocha Squash Soup is the perfect thing to curl up with at the end of a chilly day. Made in one pot, this plant based soup is delicious, creamy, and full of warm flavors.
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Veggie-Loaded Lasagna Soup (vegetarian)

This Vegetarian Lasagna Soup is loaded with veggies, is easy to make, and has all the cozy flavors of lasagna! Easily dairy-free and vegan, this hearty soup is a complete meal all by itself!
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Vegan Leek Potato Soup

Vegan Leek Potato Soup is the perfect plant based comfort food! A flavorful one-pot meal that is done in 30 minutes and is full of veggies!
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Pasta Dishes

One-Pot Veggie-Loaded Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

This Veggie-Loaded Tex-Mex Taco Pasta is hearty, flavorful, made all in one pot, and the perfect family dinner! Cooking up in under 30 minutes and easily made gluten free and dairy-free, this healthy family-friendly pasta is packed with riced cauliflower, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, and spinach!
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15-Minute Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower Rice

This Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower is the perfect easy veggie-loaded comfort meal! Coming together in just 15 minutes, this homemade mac and cheese is loaded with 1.5 cups of riced cauliflower that almost disappears into the easy homemade cheese sauce and requires no blending. Made in one pot, naturally vegetarian, and easily gluten free!
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Hamburger Helper with Veggies

Healthier Hamburger Helper (with veggies!)

This Healthier Hamburger Helper is creamy, delicious, easy to make, and loaded with veggies! This one-pot recipe is a perfect hearty dinner. It cooks up in just 30 minutes and can be easily made gluten free!
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15-Minute Spinach Mac and Cheese served in two bowls

15-Minute Spinach Mac and Cheese

This Spinach Mac and Cheese is a great way to get veggies into a classic family favorite! Easy to make with frozen or fresh spinach, perfectly cheesy, and done in about 15 minutes!
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One-Pot Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

This One-Pot Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta recipe is made with lots of amazing squash and even some spinach! Perfectly cheesy and cooked up in one pot, this cozy veggie-loaded dinner is done and on the table in under 30 minutes!
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One Skillet Meals

Is a skillet a pot? Maybe? Kinda… either way, these one-skillet dinner recipes are tasty, full of veggies, and will help simplify dinner just like all of the one pot recipes above!

35 Minute Ground Turkey & Sweet Potato Taco Skillet in a big pan

35 Minute Ground Turkey & Sweet Potato Taco Skillet

This easy one-pan dinner recipe is perfect for when you’re short on time, but looking for a dinner idea that’s satisfying. In 35 minutes, it combines ground turkey and sweet potato cubes with black beans, spinach, and salsa, creating a simple but hearty meal. Top with cilantro, sour cream, and avocado, and enjoy!
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One-Skillet Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes served in a skillet

One-Skillet Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes 

One-Skillet Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes is going to be a new favorite! Quick and easy to make, it is flavorful and the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight.
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Veggie-Loaded Turkey Sloppy Joes served on a board

Veggie-Loaded Turkey Sloppy Joes

Made with ground turkey, flavorful homemade sauce, and packed with 3 veggies (carrot, zucchini, and spinach) these healthy turkey sloppy joes are easy to make and are sure to be a crowd-pleasing meal.
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Sausage, Broccoli & Spaghetti Squash Skillet

This spaghetti squash skillet recipe is the perfect busy weeknight meal. Made from tender cooked spaghetti squash, flavorful Italian sausage, perfectly cooked broccoli florets, and brought next level in the flavor department by shallots, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. This easy, hearty one-pan dinner is amazing over cooked rice, quinoa, or simply on its own.
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Sweet Potato Apple Sausage Skillet

Who doesn't love a quick and easy 30-minute meal made in a skillet? This sweet potato apple sausage skillet dinner comes together super quick, is full of flavor and protein. Gluten free and easily made Paleo and Whole30 with compliant sausage
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Sesame Ginger Chicken & Leek Stir Fry

Cooking up in under 30 minutes and in one skillet, this Chicken & Leek Stir Fry recipe is loaded with veggies, protein, and a delicious homemade sesame ginger sauce. The perfect healthy dinner recipe!
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Hamburger Helper with Veggies
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15+ Veggie-Loaded One Pot Recipes: Veggie-Loaded Hamburger Helper

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
This Healthier Hamburger Helper is creamy, delicious, easy to make, and loaded with veggies! This one-pot recipe is a perfect hearty dinner. It cooks up in just 30 minutes and can be easily made gluten free!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped or sub 1 cup defrosted frozen spinach
  • 8-10 ounces elbow macaroni or other small-shaped pasta, use gluten free for a gluten free option.
  • 3 cups broth
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt , whole milk or 2% recommended
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot or high-sided skillet. Add onion and carrot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, breaking it up into small crumbles. Cook until browned. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and paprika. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds to develop the flavors. Add Worcestershire sauce, spinach, pasta, and then stir in the broth.
  • Cover and bring up to a simmer. Cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. If the liquid fully evaporates before the pasta is cooked, stir in an additional ½ cup of broth or water.
  • Remove lid then stir in yogurt and cheese. The pasta will absorb more liquid as it sits, so it’s ok if there seems to be a lot of sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper, as needed.
  • Enjoy warm.


  • cook time will vary based on type of pasta you use. 
Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 526mg, Potassium: 537mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2869IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 3mg