Dinner Recipes

Whether you're planning a weeknight dinner, weekend meal, or special-occasion feast for friends, we'll show you how to do it right, with tips, menus, and so much more. Check out our 15-minute main dishes, quick pastas, inspired chicken recipes, make-ahead meals, and freezable entrees.

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Our Favorite Four-Ingredient Recipes for Those Times When You Need Meal Prep to Be Simple

Practice the art of simplicity when you embrace these four-ingredient recipes. Assuming you've already got salt, pepper, and olive oil socked away in the pantry, you need only pull together a few more ingredients to make each of these delightful dishes for lunches, dinners, and desserts.
By Rebecca Morris

15 Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners

We're sharing comforting dishes that the whole family will love. Best of all? You'll love that you can prep them ahead and put them in the oven anytime you need an easy dinner.
By Lynn Andriani

20 Classic Takeout Recipes That You Can Make at Home

No need to dial the phone or download an app—make these takeout-inspired recipes at home any night of the week.
By Kelly Vaughan

25 Main-Course Summer Salads That Are Packed with Protein

From mixes topped with steak and tofu to those finished with chicken and chickpeas, these salad recipes are filling enough to serve as your main course at lunch or dinner.
By Emily Goldman

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.

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.
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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.

Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 355
This wonderfully creamy mashed potato recipe comes from Martha's mother, Mrs. Kostyra. What's her secret? She adds cream cheese to the mashed potatoes, along with a generous amount of butter, plus a touch of milk and cream. A mixer is used to whip the mixture into fluffy clouds for what is sure to be everyone's favorite side dish. These mashed potatoes can be made up to two hours ahead—a big win when entertaining.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 819
Everyone will ask for seconds of this casserole made with mashed sweet potatoes and a marshmallow topping that's a perfect combination of gooey and crunchy. With the help of a little nutmeg for flavor, this casserole is sure to be a new favorite.
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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.