Main Dish Recipes

Not sure what main dish to cook for dinner tonight? Get inspired with our collection of main dish recipes for chicken, fish, pasta, vegetarian and vegan mains, salads, and more.

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Stirring the Pot: Our Most Ravishing Risotto Recipes

Try our risotto recipes, they're easy and delicious --and just right for a weeknight dinner.

Vegetarian Main-Course Salad Recipes for a Healthy, Hearty Meal

From grain salads to seasonal blends, these satisfying salads are delicious any time of the year.
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Easy Basic Pancakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 4791
Nothing says "weekend" like homemade pancakes for breakfast. Our easy recipe will help you whip them up in less than 30 minutes. Making pancake batter from scratch is so simple that you'll wonder why you never did it before!

Easy Waffles

Rating: 3.5 stars 294
Consider this your new, go-to waffle recipe when you want to start your day off on a sweet note. No fussy steps or unexpected ingredients are required here, which means you can whip these up whenever your cravings hit.

Slow-Baked Citrus Salmon with Carrots

For this healthy weeknight dinner featuring brain-boosting salmon, using a low oven temperature produces juicy, evenly cooked fish.
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One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.5 stars 7146
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.

Simple Crepes

Rating: 3.5 stars 825
Crepes are easier to make than you think. These French street-food staples can be dressed up with sweet or savory toppings and any number of flavorful fillings.

Penne with Garlicky Tomatoes and Salmon

Shake yourself out of a pasta rut with this simple, supremely flavorful recipe for penne with salmon. While the noodles cook in their own pot, you'll sauté juicy cherry tomatoes with garlic and then steam the salmon right in the same pan. The result is a fresh and flavorful seafood dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes. 
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Classic French Toast

Rating: 3.5 stars 634
Any dense bread such as challah, brioche, or sourdough will work for this simple French toast recipe.

Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3 stars 1540
This oven-roasted chicken recipe showcases juicy, flavorful thighs with a lemony sauce that makes itself in the pan. It's the ideal weeknight dinner for busy families, especially when served with simple Roasted Potatoes.

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 1738
When musician John Legend visited Martha Stewart, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food. Learn how to make the singer's delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese at home.

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.
Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight
In addition to being quick, tasty, and comforting, these one-pot pasta recipes keep cleanup to a minimum. Start with our original one-pan pasta, then make all the other easy, delicious options, including skillet lasagna, shrimp with orzo, and stovetop mac and cheese.
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes

Like your favorite dip reinvented as a meal, and made healthier to boot! Sauteed chicken cutlets cook fast, and cream cheese provides a little richness with less fat than heavy cream.