When you’re cooking just for yourself, it’s easy to fall into a routine of quick, functional meals and bland microwave offerings. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

There are lots of single-serve recipes out there that don’t take long to make, have all the nutrition you need and, best of all, they taste great. If you’re seeking a little inspiration in order to change your solo cooking habits, we’ve got three amazing recipes right here. As a bonus, here’s one of Seasoned’s favourites – a delicious and light salmon puff pastry tart. And, if you still need some help, consider one of our cookery courses to get your skills up to par.

Garlic Prawn Pasta

There aren’t many things that go together as well as prawns and pasta, and this warming, delicious dish is quick and easy to make. There’s no hassle involved and by halving your pack of prawns, you can re-use the other half for something else... or just make the same dish again tomorrow – it’s that good. This dish will take about 15 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Garlic Prawn Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 765 kcal

Ingredients

  • 100 g Spaghetti
  • 250-300 g raw fresh or frozen prawns
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cream
  • ¼ tsp of paprika
  • ¼ cup of pasta water set aside
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • An optional splash of white wine

Instructions

  1. Boil your pasta in a large pot, following the on pack instructions. As a rule of thumb, cook for around ten minutes for al dente or until you can’t see any white at the centre of the pasta. When you drain your cooked pasta, reserve a small amount of the pasta water to loosen the sauce later.
  2. Finely chop the onion and garlic and add the butter to the now-empty pasta pot along with the paprika . Let this melt – but not burn – and throw in the prawns (defrosted if you’re using frozen), and splash of white wine. You can tell when the prawns are ready because they will turn pink.
  3. After half a minute, add your cream to the pot. Season this with some salt and pepper, and then put your pasta back in.
  4. Let everything warm through and that’s it – grab a plate and tuck in!

 

Chanterelle Mushroom Omelette

Eggs are the solo cook’s best friend and this recipe enables you to make something that smells and tastes special, without going to too much effort. This recipe will serve one person but to feed more, just double the ingredients as necessary.
Course Main Course
Cuisine English
Keyword Chantarelle Mushroom Omelette
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche
  • 1 tbsp chopped herbs – equal parts chives parsley and tarragon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • A good handful of chanterelle mushrooms – you can use others if you want!
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together your eggs, herbs and crème fraiche
  2. Heat the oil in a small non-stick frying pan and, when hot, add your mushrooms, letting them cook for 2-3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Next, add your butter to the same pan. Pour in the beaten egg and let this cook for about 30 seconds, until the egg starts to form ribbons and is no longer runny.
  4. Once the egg starts to set, turn off the heat and let the omelette cook in the remaining heat of the pan. And that’s it – one tasty omelette in no time at all!

 

Chicken Bruschetta Pasta

This recipe is a classic one-person meal. It’s quick, extremely tasty and it will leave you with ingredients to use for further meals – it covers all the bases! As with the other recipes above, you can scale up the ingredients to feed others, just double or triple the quantities.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 421 kcal
Author Clare Major

Ingredients

  • 60 g dry spaghetti
  • 1 to large tomato – chopped or a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • ½ onion – chopped
  • 1 small/medium chicken breast
  • 1 tsp garlic olive oil – or garlic and olive oil combined
  • fresh basil leaves – chopped
  • balsamic vinegar to taste

Instructions

  1. First, you’ll want to season and grill your chicken breast. Salt and pepper will do nicely, but you can always add something like a hint of paprika for an extra layer of flavour. Ensure the chicken breast is cooked all the way through, but not too dry. Set aside.
  2. Boil your pasta for 10-15 minutes according to the pack instructions then drain.
  3. Now mix your pasta, onion and tomatoes together, ensuring all of your pasta is coated in the sauce.
  4. Slice up your chicken breast and top your pasta.
  5. Drizzle on a little balsamic vinegar – and that’s it! A healthy, tasty meal for one in less than an hour!

We hope you enjoy these quick, delicious recipes! Let us know in the comments if you have any more recipes for one

Clare is the founder of Seasoned Cookery School. She is passionate about inspiring people with food and creating memorable experiences for everyone who passes through the Seasoned door.


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