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

Nobody will accuse you of eating "rabbit food" when you sit down to one of these bright and hearty vegetarian main-course salads! Bursting with fresh and roasted vegetables, hearty grains, and protein-rich beans and cheese, you'll look forward to eating these salads for any meal, any day of the week.
By Kelly Vaughan

Easy Basic Pancakes

Rating: 3.64 stars
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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!

Broccoli-Cheddar Hash-Brown Casserole

This casserole is a riff on a Swiss rosti. It tastes like a loaded baked potato and has the crispness of hash browns.

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.

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
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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.

Easy Waffles

Rating: 3.69 stars
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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.

Simple Crepes

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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.

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.69 stars
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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.

Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine

Rating: 3.48 stars
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This classic Italian dish includes fettuccine tossed with butter and Parmesan cheese, and it's quick and easy to make. U.S. versions of the dish may include chicken or shrimp. Whatever your choice, with three simple steps in our chicken alfredo recipe, you'll have a hearty dinner on the table in no time!

Breaded Chicken Breasts

Rating: 3.21 stars
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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.

Classic French Toast

Rating: 3.49 stars
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Any dense bread such as challah, brioche, or sourdough will work for this simple French toast recipe.
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Inspiration and Ideas


Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce

For this all-American classic that's great for lunch or dinner, use a great homemade sauce and pick your method: Slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results or grill smaller pieces for a fast meal.