If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I adore handy tools and kitchen devices that help to make cooking quicker and easier! My Dutch oven is one of the most versatile pots in my kitchen, and it makes cooking on a busy weeknight even easier. I love how you don’t have to worry about putting it straight into the oven or on the stove, and it retains heat remarkably well. If you love coordinating your kitchen tools, they are available in a wide range of fun colors, so you won’t have an eyesore in your kitchen and can have a cooking device you like looking at. These are some of my favorite go-to Dutch oven recipes, which will provide a hearty meal that your whole family will enjoy, without you having to spend hours in the kitchen!
Tasteful Dutch Oven Recipes
1. Dutch Oven Lasagna
You’ll absolutely love this Dutch oven Lasagna recipe from The Cookie Rookie. This dish is so easy to make yet follows the classic Italian recipe. Lasagna is one of my family’s favorite comfort food dishes, and this recipe is absolutely loaded with cheese on top. With the ease of just using one pot, it’s perfect for a busy weekday night when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, but you still need to serve your family a filling and satisfying meal. You won’t require any fancy ingredients for this recipe, and you’ll only need fifteen minutes of hands-on prep time to create this dish before you leave it to cook for fifty minutes before serving.
2. Whole Roast Chicken
Bowl of Delicious shares this ideal Sunday dinner recipe for a whole roast chicken that is cooked to perfection. You’ll enjoy a crispy-skinned chicken that is covered in garlic, lemon, and rosemary butter. At the bottom of the pan, you’ll add potatoes, so you’ll create a well-rounded and complete meal in the Dutch oven without having to make another side dish. The recipe uses only five ingredients, yet it is packed with flavor. There’s absolutely no waste with this recipe, and it only needs ten to fifteen minutes of hands-on prep time in the kitchen. When you add the potatoes to the bottom of the Dutch oven, it will not only save you from washing up multiple pans, but it will also allow the potatoes to soak up all of the delicious juices from the chicken.
3. Easy Dutch Oven No-Knead Bread
As I mentioned before, the Dutch oven is one of my favorite tools, thanks to its versatility. I was so surprised to find out that it’s the perfect vessel for cooking bread in, and this recipe from Joy Food Sunshine needs only five minutes of prep time. Homemade bread always seems like it requires so much effort, but this recipe is so quick and easy to follow and uses only four ingredients. Once you’ve created your dough, you’ll need to wrap the dough and set it aside for up to twenty-four hours. After this time, it’ll be ready to bake, and it takes less than an hour in the Dutch oven to create the perfect loaf to enjoy alone or with a hearty bowl of soup.
4. Dutch Oven Beef Stew
Beef stew is a classic comfort food dish, and using the Dutch oven is one of the easiest ways to create this perfect warming winter meal. This recipe from Kelly Neil is packed with potato, carrot, and onion for a healthy and hearty meal that your whole family will enjoy. You’ll use plenty of dried summer savory in this recipe, which creates a flavorful dish that is ideal for serving when you have guests around throughout the colder seasons. This meal is great for anyone who loves to meal prep at the start of the week, and it can be stored in the fridge for three days or saved in the freezer for up to two months.
5. Dutch Oven Pizza
If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can still enjoy making your own homemade pizza in your Dutch oven. It creates the perfect pizza in your oven because it retains its circular shape well. Parchment paper is the best option for lining your Dutch oven, and it makes transferring the pizza out much easier and safer once cooked. The best thing about this pizza recipe from Kitchen Confidante is that you can customize it to fit your needs, and children and teens will love getting involved in the kitchen and adding their favorite toppings to the pizza.
6. Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie
When you need to feed a large group of family members or friends, this is an easy dinner that creates a good amount of portions. This recipe from Delicious Made Easy uses puff pastry, frozen vegetables, and rotisserie chicken in the dish to save time, yet you’ll still enjoy that home-cooked meal taste. If you are really short of time, you can eliminate the potatoes to reduce the cooking time. For anyone who prefers to use uncooked chicken breast, just cook it at the same time as the onions and garlic.
7. Dutch Oven Idaho Potatoes
The Mom 100 has created this delicious Idaho potatoes recipe which can be served with any meat or vegetable main course of your choice. The recipe creates something similar to potato gratin, but it is a little rougher around the edges, with plenty of bacon included in the dish. This would be a fantastic crowd-pleasing dish to create when you are serving a large gathering and it requires minimal effort. You’ll simply slice up the potatoes, chop the onions, cook the bacon, and then layer everything together before cooking.
8. Dutch Oven Rhubarb and Hazelnut Crumble
A Dutch oven recipe list wouldn’t be complete without at least one dessert, and this crumble from Sunset makes the perfect end to any meal during the winter. This dessert uses a rhubarb pie filling that will be topped with a crunchy topping to create a crumble. You’ll also add orange and cardamom into the mix, which adds even more winter flavors to this recipe. It serves eight people once cooked and is best served with sweetened whipped cream on top.
9. Dutch Oven Cinnamon Roll
For a great start to any day, try out this giant cinnamon roll recipe from Favorite Family Recipes. It can be cooked right over the coals when camping, or you can make your home smell amazing by cooking it in your oven at home, and you’ll only need fifteen minutes of prep time and thirty minutes to cook. Kids and teens will love this recipe and the novelty of the size of the cinnamon roll it creates! You’ll also find a simple glaze recipe included, which creates the perfect finish before serving the cinnamon roll while it’s still warm.
10. Dutch Oven Vegetarian Lasagna
If you are a vegetarian, the Dutch oven is a fantastic tool for your cooking, and this recipe from Phenomenal Phoods creates a simple one-pot meal that everyone will enjoy. It’s packed full of vegetables and is topped with plenty of cheese yet doesn’t require too much time or skill to prepare. The recipe can be simplified even further by using a store-bought sauce, and if you don’t have a Dutch oven yet, it can be cooked in any oven-safe skillet. In under an hour, you’ll have a huge dish of vegetarian lasagna that can be shared between up to eight people.
11. Dutch Oven Chili
For a classic campfire recipe, try out this Dutch oven chili from The Stay At Home Chef. Regardless of whether you are camping or just in the comfort of your own home, this recipe will be a crowd-pleaser that kids and teens will be sure to love. The dish combines beef, spices, kidney beans, chilis, tomatoes, and onions for a hearty meal that’s perfect for a cold winter’s night. The flavor and texture of this dish make it good for serving by itself, but for a more substantial meal, add biscuits, potatoes, or chips on the side.
12. Dutch Oven Pulled Pork Recipe
Here to Cook has created a tender pulled pork recipe using your Dutch oven. It’s a sugar-free, keto-friendly, and gluten-free dish, so it is ideal for when you need to cater to a wide variety of dietary requirements. It’s perfect for a family celebration and for anyone who likes to meal prep, as it can easily be stored and reheated as needed. This recipe’s magic ingredient is beer, which is added in with the beef broth before allowing everything to cook for two and a half to three hours until the meat is perfectly tender.
The next time you are looking for an easy weekday dinner, try out one of these recipes, as none of them require much time or skill in the kitchen. The Dutch oven is a great camping accessory and is also a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to cook but always struggles to have time to create a hearty meal for their family. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my kitchen recently, and as you can see, it can create a huge variety of dishes, including bread and pizzas. Whichever one of these recipes you try first, you won’t be disappointed by the results and how much time you’ll save in the kitchen in the future.