20 of the best vegan one-pot meals for a lazy day

Author: Rachel Smith

These easy vegan one-pot recipes are perfect for those days when you want something healthy and packed with flavour for dinner but don't fancy washing up!

If you dread the mountain of dishes and pans after dinner, why not try one of these vegan one-pot recipes to make your life a whole lot easier?

Now that vegan one-pot recipes have become easier to find, we’ve collected 20 of our favourites to share with you. We’re sure you’ll find some plant-based comfort food for the next time you’re having a lazy cooking day.

1. Vegan Smoky Sausage & White Bean Casserole

This smoky vegan sausage casserole really is a winner all year round. In the summer it’s amazing with fresh bread, salad and hummus in the garden with a glass of red wine.

Vegan Smoky Sausage & White Bean Casserole Recipe

2. One-Pot Burrito Rice

Super easy to make, packed with vegan protein and super healthy, this one-pan Burrito rice is one of our go-to dinners when we don’t want to wash up. It’s best served with fresh parsley and avocado for the ultimate boost.

One-Pot Burrito Rice

3. Vegan Fennel & Butterbean Cassoulet

This aromatic cassoulet is flavoured with fennel to give it a gorgeous, herby flavour while butterbeans ensure it’s packed with protein. It’s topped off with a dusting of breadcrumbs to give it a crispy coating we can’t get enough of.

Vegan Fennel & Butterbean Cassoulet

4. Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani with Aubergine

Want dinner in 30 minutes with minimal washing up? This easy vegan biryani recipe is here to save the day! Full of complex flavours and plenty of veggies, it’s feel-good food that’s quick and simple to make.

Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani with Aubergine

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5. Mushroom Bourguignon

This vegan take on the classic beef Bourguignon dish is richly flavoured and packed with vitamin D making it ideal for the colder months.

You can serve it as is with a slice of crusty bread to keep it a simple one-pot dish, or on a bed of fluffy mash if you don’t mind washing up a second pot.

Mushroom Bourguignon

6. One-Pot Vegan Gnocchi with Autumn Vegetables

For a ridiculously easy and tasty weeknight dinner, why not try this vegan gnocchi? Crispy pan-fried gnocchi is covered with a creamy sauce mixed tender French beans, nutty sweetcorn and soft courgettes.

7. Vegan Mushroom & Ale Stew

This flavourful vegan mushroom and ale stew is perfect cosy comfort food for a winter’s evening. It has a rich umami flavour that will satisfy any meat eater, while Guinness and mushrooms add a savoury flavour along with soya mince for a meaty texture.

Vegan Mushroom & Ale Stew

8. Butterbean, Sweet Potato & Spinach Coconut Curry

Creamy, fragrant, and loaded with protein and carbs to leave you feeling full and satisfied, this speedy one-pot curry recipe is ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

Butterbean, Sweet Potato & Spinach Coconut Curry

9. Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

If you like your soups thick, chunky, and packed with goodness look no further than this sweet potato and lentil soup. It’s wonderful served up with slices of freshly baked bread for an easy and healthy vegan lunch.

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

10. Easy Protein-Packed Vegan Chilli

Chilli is one of our go-to dishes when we want to pack in the protein but are short on time. This nutritious vegan chilli is loaded with lentils, pinto beans and veggies and is great for meal prepping as the flavour only gets better over time.

Easy protein-packed vegan chilli

11. Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

Turn up the heat this dinner time with this fiery vegan sweet potato and black bean curry. Jerk seasoning gives it spicy kick with notes of ginger and garlic to make it extra tasty.

Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

12. Red Lentil Dhal

We love rustling up a steaming pot of dhal when we’re in need of good food but want to avoid creating masses of washing up! This red lentil dhal is great for meal prepping as you can enjoy it for up to 5 days and it only takes 8 ingredients to make – including salt and oil.

Red Lentil Dhal

13. Vegan Udon Noodles with Shiitake & Pak Choi

You can’t beat wok-fried noodles with oodles of veggies for a healthy vegan dinner. This recipe combines the five basics of taste: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, giving a great balance of flavours to this quick vegan meal.

Vegan Udon Noodles with Shiitake & Pak Choi

14. Easy Vegan Mushroom & Pak Choi Ramen

This colourful bowl is vibrantly coloured and low in calories so is great for when you want healthy food without the fuss.

Easy Vegan Mushroom & Pak Choi Ramen

15. Vegan Tempeh Paella

One pot dishes are perfect for entertaining as they give you more time to enjoy with your guests.

This sunshine-coloured paella recipes swaps fish for hearts of palm and tempeh with samphire giving it a lovely salty flavour.

Vegan Tempeh Paella

16. Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

This vegan curry is a taste sensation as it’s flavoured with a tasty array of health-boosting spices and veggies. Not to mention the fact it’s ready to eat in just 40 minutes.

Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

17. BBQ Crock Pot Lentil Chili

This quick slow-cooker recipe is rich in fibre and protein. It is gluten-free as well as vegan, and jazzes up a few simple ingredients with BBQ spices. A flavour sensation you’ll all enjoy.

chili one-pot meal

18. African Peanut and Sweet Potato Stew

There are so many ways to tweak this recipe, so if you love to experiment with your cooking you’ll love the numerous tips, substitutions and suggestions. You can serve it with rice to make it last longer, for instance.

stew one-pot meal

19. One Pan Mexican Sweet Potato Bake

For that awkward time between seasons, this recipe makes use of the best produce from summer and from autumn. It’s beautifully colourful and perfect for anyone who loves sweet potatoes (so pretty much all of us)!

bake one-pot meal

20. Creamy Polenta & Mushrooms

Veganise this recipe by swapping out the cheese and butter for vegan alternatives. If you like mushrooms, the combination of three different kinds is sure to satisfy you.

polenta one-pot meal

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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