Presenting the Winners from Our One-Pan Wonders Contest

Updated: Nov. 09, 2022

If you're big on homemade recipes but not so much on cleanup, then you'll love these simple winners that'll leave you with a full stomach and an empty kitchen sink.

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Grand Prize: Sheet-Pan New England Clam Bake

So many tasty swaps are possible for this recipe: Add pieces of salmon or haddock, use other quick-cooking veggies or go for kielbasa links. — Pamela Gelsomini, Wrentham, Massachusetts

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1st Place: Jalapeno Sloppy Joes

My husband loves jalapenos—and I just love any and all heat. This savory meal with some spice is a perfect make-ahead solution for busy weeknights. Serve with your favorite chips. —Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, Minnesota
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2nd Place: Sheet-Pan Salmon with Simple Bread Salad

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3rd Place: Sicilian Pizza (Sfincione)

My favorite pizza from childhood is still my favorite today. The crunchy bread-crumb topping sets it apart from its American counterpart. I like to top this pie with torn fresh basil. —Susan Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Most Innovative: Easy Tamale Pie with Peppers

Convenience items make for easy prep and one pan makes for easy cleanup. This quick and easy southwestern dinner is a surefire winner with my family. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Runner-Up: Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding

You can throw everything but the kitchen sink into bread pudding. This recipe came about because I had stale bread and apples that needed to be used. No apples? Use dried fruit, such as cranberries or apricots. —Debra Keil, Owasso, OK
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Runner-Up: Cafe Rio Copycat Pork Bowls

My friends are big fans of Cafe Rio’s sweet pork tacos, so I came up with this version to eat in the comfort of our own homes. Serve the pork in flour tortillas or taco shells, or enjoy it on its own. —Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky
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Runner-Up: Herby Chicken with Apricots and Feta

Mix up your weeknight menu with a flavorful braised chicken dish with Middle Eastern flair. I love to serve it with couscous. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
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Runner-Up: Mexicali Quiche with Avocado Crust

You’ve heard of avocado toast, but what about avocado crust? New Mexican cuisine is my go-to, so I created this quiche with my family’s favorite ingredients: chorizo, tomatoes, avocado, green chiles and more. — Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, AZ
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Runner-Up: One-Pot Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

This curry soup might be vegan, but it's still as creamy as ever. If you prefer a meatier bowl, toss some chicken and chicken broth into the recipe. —Kijan Zendi, San Diego, California
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Runner-Up: Sausage & Bean Skillet with Crispy Plantains

I love a quick weeknight dinner, especially when the whole family loves it. This dish has tasty Caribbean flavors, and the plantain chips on top are a big hit. We love this with smoked sausage, but it's also delicious with spicy chicken sausage. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Runner-Up: Thai Meatball Soup

This son-approved, Thai-inspired soup—with meatballs, kale, carrots and creamy coconut milk—is warm deliciousness on a chilly day. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois