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Our Favorite One Pan Recipes for Valentine’s Day That Don’t Mess Up Your Kitchen

Our Favorite One Pan Recipes for Valentine’s Day That Don’t Mess Up Your Kitchen

Our Favorite One Pan Recipes for Valentine’s Day That Don’t Mess Up Your Kitchen

It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s always crowded at the restaurants. Who wants to deal with long wait times, a tired wait staff, a large bill and most of all zero alone time with the one you love!  In today’s world of fast paced everything and little time to yourself let’s take a moment, slow down our breathing and create something delicious, easy, something that uses just copper pans so it’s quick to clean up and you can get to cuddling on the couch with your Valentine!

First let’s pick our pan, you’ll need something that can fit 2-3 chicken breasts.  It should have a good depth to it because for these recipes you’ll be adding sauce and cheese.  There are so many great pan options out there for this one pan recipe, I’m sure you have a favorite you’re thinking of right now!  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get started.

First, we are going to make Skillet Chicken Parmesan, this recipe is so easy you’ll make it again and again!  Now you can add pasta to it if you like, but if you’re trying to eat low carb, I highly recommend a salad and I also highly recommend picking up a premade salad because it’s less work for you! 

One Skillet Chicken Parmesan Recipe


  • 2-3 medium sized boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups pasta sauce, pick your favorite with or without vegetables in it
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Grab your skillet and heat the oil over medium to medium high heat, add your chicken breasts and cook for about 10 minutes flipping half-way through. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° and will look golden brown.  When your chicken is finished cooking, reduce the heat to low.  Add your pasta sauce and 3 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese to the pan and stir everything so the chicken breasts are fully coated in sauce.  Cover your pan and cook for 10-15 minutes to allow the chicken to cook a little longer in the sauce. After 15 minutes remove the cover and sprinkle on  your mozzarella cheese and the remaining parmesan cheese, covering each chicken breast. Cover the pan one more time and wait for about 5 minutes until the cheese has fully melted.  Serve with a tossed salad or steamed broccoli for fewer carbs! Enjoy!

This next recipe is for anyone who loves a good comfort food!  It’s hearty, delicious and extremely easy to make! 

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie – Inspired by my waitress days at a Pub!


  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (medium onion if you like onion)
  • 1 can (10 ½ ounces) of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups of your favorite frozen vegetables (I prefer peas and carrots)
  • 2 cups of prepared instant mashed potatoes (you can buy the instant in a box or premade in the deli section of most grocery stores)
  • 1/3 cup of chives (optional)

Grab your trusty skillet, a 12 inch one is best and it should be oven safe if you want to put it in the oven to brown the mashed potatoes at the end, but it’s not mandatory.

Cook your ground beef completely in your skillet over medium high heat until it is completely cooked, continue stirring so you break up all the meat. Pour off any remaining fat in to a collection jar or whatever you prefer to use. Add your soup, your frozen vegetables and your ketchup into the skillet and stir so everything is mixed together.  Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. If you plan to place your skillet in the oven, you’ll want to turn that on now to 400° so it can preheat. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and spoon on your prepared mashed potatoes and cover again, allow this to cook for another 10-15 minutes until your potatoes are hot.  If you used an oven safe skillet you can leave off the cover and place your skillet in your oven for 15 minutes to brown the tops of your potatoes.  Make sure you are using oven mitts when you handle your skillet from the stovetop to the oven and then when  you remove it from the oven.  When the time is up, you can add chopped chives to the top for added flavor and serve in a bowl!  A crusty bread with real butter is a great compliment to this dish!

There’s an Italian in all of us! 

The pasta lover in me absolutely must include a great skillet pasta dish for you to try!  I love manicotti and have made it in the oven many times, but when you don’t want to scrub a casserole dish before relaxing this is a great alternative. It’s also perfect for those summer nights where you don’t want to heat up the house!

For this dish you will still use only one pan, but we’ll need it to be a bit deeper so you can cook your manicotti noodles first and that requires boiling water. Grab a deeper skillet for this one or even a 5qt pot that is large enough to lay 4-5 manicotti noodles side by side. You can test this out with your uncooked noodles and lay them in the pan.  You can also layer this dish in your skillet if you want to and make twice as much, it all depends on who you are cooking for.  Let’s get started.

One Pan Manicotti Recipe


  • 1 box of manicotti noodles
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 16oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 1tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • ½ tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese, you can use the shaker style or the deli packaged parmesan cheese, your choice
  • 1 tsp olive oil

What’s next? 

Using your deep pan boil enough water to fully cover your manicotti noodles, add your olive oil to the water.  When the water begins to boil gently and carefully add your noodles to the water, you don’t want to splash hot water up and you don’t want to break your noodles, so I recommend using tongs to place the noodles in the water. Following the instructions on the box boil your noodles for their recommended time frame. When the time is up remove your pan from the heat, turn off the stove and strain the noodles into a strainer, I always run my noodles under cold water so that they are cool enough to handle, I recommend doing this for 2-3 minutes and gently moving your noodles around so you cool them on the inside as well. Once they are cooled you are ready to stuff them.  Mix your ricotta cheese, oregano, garlic salt, pepper and ½ a cup of the parmesan cheese in a bowl.  Take 1/3 cup of your pasta sauce and put it in the bottom of your empty skillet.  This will be your base for the manicotti.  Take each manicotti noodle and using a small spoon add the ricotta mixture to the inside of each noodle, they don’t have to be over stuffed, just enough so each noodle remains open.  After filling a noodle place it in the skillet and repeat with 4 more noodles or until your bottom is full.  You can layer more noodles on top if you like, just pour ¼ cup of sauce between layers.  When you have finished filling all of your noodles pour the remaining sauce over the noodles and place it on your stovetop.  Turn your burner on to medium high heat and cover the pan.  You will let this simmer at low heat for 20 minutes.  Remove your lid and sprinkle on your mozzarella cheese and the remining parmesan cheese, cover again and allow to cook for about 10 more minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.  This is a great dish with a side salad or any steamed vegetable, you can pick up steam-in-bag vegetable packs in your frozen section and quickly steam them in a microwave so you keep your dishes to one pan!

Clean up is a breeze with these easy one pan recipes that won’t mess up your kitchen!  Happy Valentines Day and enjoy the time together!

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February 14, 2020