Honestly, a Dutch Oven Is Worth Every Penny—Here Are the Recipes I Swear By

Easy Dutch oven recipes MyDomaine's managing editor swears by
Broma Bakery

Blame it on the fact that I binge-watched the entirety of Netflix's Salt Fat Acid Heat, a four-part docuseries based on Samin Nosrat's brilliant cookbook, in one sitting, but I finally invested in a Dutch oven. Although I've proclaimed many, many, many times that I don't love cooking, I can honestly say this classic piece of cast-iron cookware was worth every penny. Of course, I didn't need a $300 Dutch oven, but after acquiring a one, my food (and, at the risk of sounding overly dramatic, my life) has drastically improved.

Typically I cut any and all corners in pursuit of an under-30-minute meal on busy weeknights, but this sturdy pot has boosted my kitchen confidence, inspiring me to attempt recipes that I'd typically shy away from. While I opted to add a pricey Staub Dutch oven to my cookware arsenal, there are plenty of affordable options on the market to choose from, too, including under-$100 Milo and Lodge models. But no matter the brand printed on the bottom of your pot, trust me: You're going to want to bookmark these easy Dutch oven recipes to break it in.

From braised kale with crispy chicken to coq au vin, these are the recipes I swear by for channeling Julia Child on those Sunday afternoons that afford a bit more time spent over the stovetop.

One- Pot Braised Kale With Crispy Chicken

One-Pot Braised Kale with Crispy Chicken
The Modern Proper

Why I Love It: Ready in about 45 minutes from start to finish (most of which involves walking away and letting everything simmer on the stove, undisturbed), this braised kale with crispy chicken is a one-pot meal that makes actually makes braising seem like an approachable cooking method. I'd consider this a great starter recipe for breaking in a Dutch oven.

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Modern Proper

Why I Love It: Brimming with fire-roasted tomatoes, smoky enchilada sauce, and spicy green chiles, this chicken tortilla soup only gets more flavorful as it bubbles away on the stove.

Make a big batch on Sunday evening, and ladle individual servings into containers to freeze for later. Trust me; come Thursday, you'll be glad you did.

Chorizo Bolognese Pasta With Kale Pesto and Burrata

Chorizo Bolognese Pasta With Kale Pesto and Burrata
Half Baked Harvest

Why I Love It: Before I discovered this recipe, homemade Bolognese never seemed worth the extra effort. Made with accessible store-bought ingredients like canned San Marzano tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto, this chorizo version is delicious proof that I was dead wrong. As an added bonus, stirring up your own pasta sauce makes you feel like Ina Garten, guaranteed.

Coq Au Vin With Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

Coq Au Vin With Cheesy Cauliflower Grits
Broma Bakery

Why I Love It: Coq au vin is a classic French recipe that I didn't have the gall to attempt until very recently. Although it was surprisingly easier to make than I'd anticipated, be forewarned: This is a time-consuming recipe best attempted on a Sunday afternoon when you have a few hours to spare. That said, your efforts will be rewarded with fall-off-the-bone tender chicken and cheesy cauliflower grits, which are much easier to make than cauliflower rice, in case you were wondering.

Golden Turmeric Chicken Soup

Golden Turmeric Chicken Soup
Broma Bakery

Why I Love It: Deemed "dope soup" by recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery, this golden turmeric chicken soup really is lick-the-bowl-clean delicious. Although I tend to steer clear of recipes that call for ingredients I don't use frequently (looking at you, fish sauce), this soup is worth reevaluating your pantry staples for.

Braised Chicken Escabèche With Roasted Apples and Grapes

Braised Chicken Escabèche With Roasted Apples and Grapes
Half Baked Harvest

Why I Love It: The recipe might sound fancy (what with the French and all), but this is a one-pan, under-an-hour kind of meal. Made with apples, grapes, and thyme, it's the perfect recipe for putting seasonal produce to good use now that we're entering late fall / early winter. Plus, it only requires 15 minutes of active prep time, making it a more realistic fancy French recipe than the coq au vin if you're strapped for time.

Smoky Squash Chili With Quinoa, Pinto, and Black Beans

Smoky Squash Chili With Quinoa, Pinto, and Black Beans
The First Mess

Why I Love It: This smoky squash chili is so satisfying that my meat-loving boyfriend doesn't even know it's vegan. (Juan, if you're reading this, I guess the secret is out!) Filled with butternut squash, pinto beans, and black beans, this protein-packed chili has that stick-to-your-ribs consistency you really want in a comfort food recipe.

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