Some people (like my roommate) wake up as the day goes on. By the time they get home from work, they're ready to tackle a workout, dinner, and a couple episodes on Netflix.

I am not one of those people. By the end of the day, my energy is spent and I'm easily overwhelmed. Juggling multiple steps and a mess of pots and pans can send me into a spiral. I need a no-fuss, streamlined strategy. I need a one-pot wonder.

My favorite one-pot (or one-pan) meals, like soups, stews, pastas, and curries, don't demand spinning plates. They usually entail a simple, soothing formula, building layers of flavor in one heavy-bottomed vessel. They leave me full and my kitchen (relatively) clean. Below, I've gathered 17 of our best no-mess masterpieces.

Bonus: Many of these are make-ahead! So maybe I can squeeze in after-work exercise, too — or better yet, some Netflix time.

1. One-skillet sausage, peppers, potatoes, and onions

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2. Cavatappi with sun-dried tomatoes, brie, and arugula

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3. Chicken with caramelized sumac onions, preserved lemon, and Israeli couscous

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

4. Meera Sodha's Mum's chicken curry

(Bobbi Lin/Courtesy Food52)

5. One-pot kale and quinoa pilaf

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6. Nigel Slater's really good spaghetti bolognese

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7. Dad's favorite seafood stew

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8. Coconut braised chickpeas and broccoli

(Bobbi Lin/Courtesy Food52)

9. Poor me chicken and biscuits

(Bobbi Lin/Courtesy Food52)

10. Purnima Garg's eggplant and tomato curry

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11. Carrot, sweet potato, and red lentil soup with Moroccan flavors

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

12. Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson

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13. Victoria Granof's pasta con ceci

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14. Brussels sprouts hash and eggs

(Bobbi Lin/Courtesy Food52)

15. Jerk pork stew

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16. Curried red lentil zucchini soup

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

17. Jamie Oliver's tender, crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes and basil

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 17 one-pot dinners to pull out for weeknight magic.