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!

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.

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.

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.

Perfect Roast Chicken

Rating: 3.44 stars
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The almost universal appeal of roasted chicken stems from its power to comfort. The ideal roasted chicken recipe will leave your chicken golden brown and gleaming, tender, and juicy. The crackle of chicken as it roasts and the wondrous aroma that perfumes the kitchen provoke a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

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.

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.

Baked-Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 3.36 stars
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Choose firm, smooth eggplants. We bake rather than fry ours for less mess and less fat.

Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3.16 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas


Classic Pot Roast for the Slow Cooker

Rating: 3.2 stars
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For a classic pot roast—a tough cut of beef braised until succulent and tender—we start with a well-marbled chuck. Pair it with familiar carrots and potatoes and place in the slow cooker. This recipe comes from Martha's latest book "One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More."