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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By Kelly Vaughan

Easy Basic Pancakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 4791
Homemade pancakes are a treat, but they are surprisingly simple to whip up. Our easy pancake recipe uses ingredients you likely have on hand, like all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, and egg. Start with our basic recipe, or try one of our variations using buttermilk or yogurt. Either way, you'll have a fluffy stack ready to eat in less than half an hour. Tip: Be sure to preheat the oven to keep the pancakes warm while you cook the rest—it makes all the difference.

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 1738
Macaroni and cheese is one of the most beloved comfort foods. If you're in the camp that believes baked iterations beat stovetop ones, then this recipe is for you. Musician John Legend shared this delicious, creamy casserole with Martha Stewart. Layers of macaroni and two kinds of cheese—extra-sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack—are combined with a mixture of evaporated milk and seasoning, and baked. A sprinkle of paprika and a final layer of cheese give it a gorgeous, golden color.

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 4 stars 396
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Perfect Roast Turkey 101 (With Cheesecloth)

Rating: 3.5 stars 669
In her recipe for perfect roasted turkey, Martha roasts a 20-pound bird stuffed with her Classic Stuffing. Before it goes into the oven, she covers the turkey with four layers of cheesecloth soaked in a butter and white wine basting mixture. The cheesecloth keeps the bird moist, and prevents it from getting too dark too quickly. It's removed about an hour before the end of roasting to allow time for the turkey to brown.

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.

Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 680
When it comes to comfort food, nothing tops macaroni and cheese, especially Martha's easy-to-make version. It uses two cheeses, sharp white Cheddar and Gruyère. The recipe is broken down into very simple steps; guiding you through making breadcrumbs, stirring up the cheese sauce, cooking the macaroni, assembling the dish, and baking.

Turkey Brine

Rating: 3.5 stars 918
Keeping your bird juicy isn't that hard—all you need is the right seasoning and a really large fridge. Brining is the first step in our roasted turkey recipe.

Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.5 stars 631
Brined to retain moisture, then basted with butter and wine while roasting, this turkey, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, is golden and juicy. The bird is brined for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps one and two.

Roast Spatchcocked Turkey

Rating: 3.5 stars 290
Want to cook your turkey faster? Try spatchcocking. When the turkey's backbone is removed and the halves are flattened, the meat cooks in just one hour. Since this method doesn't allow for stuffing the bird, simply make a batch of turkey stock to flavor and moisten the stuffing as it bakes beside the meat.

Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup

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

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Upside-Down Turkey

For super-flavorful gravy, scatter cut oranges, onion, and garlic, along with a few rosemary and sage sprigs, in the bottom of the pan before you begin roasting the turkey. This recipe for upside-down turkey is a fun way to prepare your Thanksgiving meal.