I love to cook at home for my family, and I definitely want our family meals to be delicious, but I also like simple. Cooking entire meal in one pot, like my new Le Creuset 6 3/4 Qt French Oven, keeps things neat and simple, and there is less to clean up after a good hearty meal too. I have the opportunity to try it out and share some of my favorite one pot recipes with readers.
The benefit of a Le Creuset French Oven is that enameled cast iron heats very evenly and retains heat well, so you can slow cook a meal to enhance its tenderness and enrich its flavor. It can be used in the oven or stove top, and is beautiful enough to be brought to the table to serve as well.
We are now in Lent, so for forty days and forty nights, we are eating meatless meals. In this day and age, with so many options, this isn’t much of a sacrifice, and there are so many great one-pot French Oven recipes for anyone who doesn’t want to eat meat. I’m going to share my own one-pot recipes with for the Le Creuset French Oven, starting with my Honey Baked Tofu and Mushroom Risotto Recipe.
Honey Baked Tofu and Mushroom Risotto Recipe
1 package (about 14 oz) extra firm organic tofu, marinated in 4 tbs honey and 2 tbs soy sauce mixed
4 cups vegetable broth
4 tbs olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 pepper sliced
1 cup arborio rice
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then bake honey marinated tofu for 8 minutes on each side in french oven. Put tofu on side.
2. Place oven on stove top and add vegetable broth. Cook over medium heat until you achieve a low rolling boil.
3. Add baked tofu, olive oil, mushrooms, pepper and seasonings into oven and stir together.
4. Stir in rice and let simmer covered over very low heat, stirring continuously until rice is tender.
What are some of your favorite one pot recipes for the French oven?
The beautiful cast iron cherry French Oven and mini cocottes featured in the images here are all from Le Creuset.