Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes

Quick and easy dinners are great for weeknights. Browse through our easy dinner recipes such as one-pot pasta dishes, easy salad recipes, quick chicken recipes, easy casserole dishes, even our 30-minute dinner recipe meal ideas.

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36 One-Pan Meals Just Right for Dinner Tonight

One pan, pot, skillet, or Instant Pot is all you need to make these no-fuss family dinners, which include recipes for salmon, pasta, pot roast, chili, and so much more.
By Victoria Spencer

20 Quick Sunday Night Dinner Recipes That Soothe and Satisfy

When it comes to wrapping up the weekend with a good meal while saving some energy and time for the week to come, keep these easy recipes in your back pocket. Our favorite Sunday night dinners are comforting—and you don't have to cook all day to pull them off. We keep it simple with suppers that come together in an hour or less, but taste like they cooked low and slow. There are no processed foods in these nutritious entrées—unless a can of beans or a bottle of Chinese black bean-garlic sauce count. That's because fresh ingredients are just as quick to cook when you know what to do with them. End your weekend on a relaxed note with one of these meals that soothe and satisfy. And when Monday morning comes around, you'll be off to a good start.
By Anna Kovel

These One-Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes Are Perfect for Busy Weeknights

Using a skillet, Dutch oven, sheet pan, Instant Pot, and other favorite pieces of cookware, our stellar selection of one-pot chicken dinner recipes makes getting an evening meal on the table a whole lot easier.
By Victoria Spencer

Quick Salad Recipes That Make Excellent Dinners on Busy Weeknights

These main-course salads are ready in a flash and reliably delicious, which makes them the perfect for those hectic nights when you need a speedy supper.
By Frances Kim

Quick, Easy, and Delicious Pasta Recipes Ideal for Weeknight Dinners

When you need a comforting meal but don't have a lot of time, whip up one of these fast pasta recipes. All can be made in 45 minutes or less.
By Jennifer Anderson

15 Quick and Delicious Plant-Based Dinner Recipes

Looking to add a few plant-based dinners to your weeknight rotation? Try these quick, tasty recipes that are on the table in 45 minutes or less—you will not miss the meat!
By Janet Taylor McCracken

One-Pan Pasta

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It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

Breaded Chicken Breasts

Rating: 3 stars 291
Whenever you make breaded and fried chicken, it disappears almost immediately. Try our foolproof three-step method for perfect results every time, then turn it into Chicken Parmesan or serve over salad.

Sauteed Red Cabbage

If you love red cabbage then this is an easy recipe you'll make and enjoy all the time. The thinly sliced red cabbage is sauteed with red-wine vinegar and finished with light-brown sugar, creating a sweet-and-sour flavor that pairs well with all kinds of fall and winter entrées.

15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 291
Need lentil soup for one? We're here for you with this super fast recipe for a  "can"-do dinner. It starts with canned lentils and vegetable or chicken broth, that's why it's so fast. You'll add garlic, onion, carrot, and celery just like you would in a big-batch lentil soup. For a  healthy, delicious, and easy meal, you can't beat this recipe. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Pan-Fried Steak

Rating: 3.5 stars 266
Follow our foolproof recipe for a restaurant-quality pan-fried steak in under 10 minutes. Serve with a simple steak sauce and a classic side like roasted potatoes. From the book Mad Hungry, by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup

A Parmesan rind is the powerhouse ingredient behind this fast, flavorful version of the classic soup.

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Chicken and Spinach Casserole
Rating: 3.5 stars 430

Use the supermarket staple of rotisserie chicken in this comforting casserole. Combine shredded chicken with sauteed spinach in a cream sauce, pour into a baking dish, and top with torn bread. Serve your family this creamy, bubbling casserole for a cozy dinner.