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25 Easy Dinners To Make Tonight

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Looking for ideas for what to make for dinner tonight? The best meal of the day doesn’t have to take your whole day! I’ve compiled a list of 25 easy weeknight dinners to get you in and out of the kitchen in a flash. This guide features everything from meaty to vegetarian meals, every one a family-favorite made with healthful ingredients.

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“What the heck should I make for dinner?”

You’re definitely not the only one who asks that question, almost every single day. Let’s be real: It takes work to think about cooking dinner, never mind planning and shopping for it.

Even I feel challenged sometimes, and I’m someone who cooks professionally AND creates this food blog! First is that daily question, followed by searching through the pantry and refrigerator for inspiration. Because dinner needs to be done and it needs to be simple!

It’s a good thing I also wrote a cookbook — Family Style: Shared Plates for Casual Feasts — on busy days I search through it to get dinner on the table without too much thinking.

This handy list has a month’s worth of weeknight dinners. Bookmark this page and share with a friend who needs more simple dinner ideas — I hope it’s a helpful resource!

Best Healthy Dinner Recipes:

One-Bowl Chorizo Chickpea Stew with Greens

30-Minute Chorizo Chickpea Stew

With tasty chunks of chorizo (or vegan chorizo), red peppers, leafy greens and spices this stew is an incredibly satisfying one-bowl meal that you can make in 30 minutes flat.
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Coconut Curry Chicken with Chickpeas and Cauliflower {Slow Cooker or Instant Pot}

Creamy and delicious curry-spiced, one-pot chicken stew packed with cauliflower, chickpeas and healthy greens is so easy to make in your pressure cooker or slow cooker. Make-ahead and freezer-friendly. Serve with basmati rice or warm naan on the side to make a complete meal. 
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Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

Juicy grilled chicken kabobs with a Greek flair — these magically delicious skewers are loaded up with chunks of chicken, vegetables and halloumi cheese and a side of yogurt tahini sauce.
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Minestrone soup in a bowl, with a spoon on the side.

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup with Pasta

A classic homemade minestrone soup recipe that's easy to make with pantry staples like dried pasta, beans, canned tomatoes and carrots. This vegetable soup is packed with fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta and makes a hearty meal in one bowl.
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Parchment Baked Cod with Tomatoes with Fennel, Thyme and Tomatoes

Simple and elegant Mediterranean-style parchment cooked cod recipe is the best, foolproof way to cook flaky white fish and clean up is so easy!
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Best Simple Dinners, Family Style:

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli

A quick, super-tasty chicken and broccoli stir-fry full of green broccoli and tender chicken chunks in a spicy sesame sauce.
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Italian Chicken Sausage Stew (One-Dish Dinner)

Ready in 30! A savory one-dish chicken sausage stew with cannellini beans, greens, chicken sausage and marinara sauce, topped with grated cheese and toasted breadcrumbs.
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30-Minute Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Quick and delicious baked boneless, skinless chicken thighs with mustard and crispy shallots. A 30-minute recipe to add to your weeknight rotation!
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Chicken meatballs and orzo on a platter, with a spoon on the side.

20-Minute Baked Pesto Chicken Meatballs (Family Favorite!)

Tasty baked chicken meatballs seasoned with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese are ready to eat in 30-minutes! Serve this family-favorite with cheesy orzo for an easy dinner, or your favorite marinara sauce.
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A gray bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, full of chicken, chunky carrots and wide pasta noodles.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

A classic homemade chicken noodle soup recipe straight from my Italian grandmother's kitchen. This recipe makes a tasty, nourishing soup loaded with tender chunks of chicken, vegetables and wide noodles to catch all the delicious broth. Easy to cook on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.
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Easy Vegetarian Dinners:

Thai Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Super flavorful, spicy (but not too hot) vegan red lentil soup with Thai red curry paste, coconut milk and lime. Simple and soul-satisfying!
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Perfect Black Bean Burgers with Lime Mayo

Vegan Black Bean Burgers tested to perfection! These hearty burgers are DELICIOUS and they don't fall apart or need to chill before cooking.
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Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

An easy, colorful and incredibly tasty roast vegetable salad packed full of Mediterranean vegetables tossed with pesto sauce, chickpeas and greens.
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Sweet and Spicy Banh Mi Rice Bowl

Easy, flavor-packed brown rice banh mi salad recipe full of umami! A healthful vegetarian salad with fresh vegetables and a sweet, tangy spicy dressing.
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Harissa Chickpeas

The incredibly tasty roasted cauliflower salad with spicy harissa and chickpeas makes a hearty vegetarian main dish. 
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Best 30-Minute Dinner Recipes:

Cooked shrimp in garlic sauce on a bed of pasta noodles in a pan.

25-Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

This is a quick and simple recipe for incredibly tasty shrimp pasta (shrimp scampi). The pan-seared shrimp is paired with a spicy garlic butter sauce with tomatoes and fresh herbs.
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Chicken meatballs and orzo on a platter, with a spoon on the side.

20-Minute Baked Pesto Chicken Meatballs (Family Favorite!)

Tasty baked chicken meatballs seasoned with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese are ready to eat in 30-minutes! Serve this family-favorite with cheesy orzo for an easy dinner, or your favorite marinara sauce.
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Stir-Fried Frozen Vegetables in Sesame Ginger Sauce

Stir-fry frozen vegetables in a savory sauce with ginger and sesame. Make this healthful super-tasty meal in about 15 minutes!
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Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs

Incredibly tasty sweet and spicy Asian chicken thighs, grilled and glazed with a gingery sauce with peanuts. Serve with seasoned cucumbers, rice and a squeeze of lime.
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Ground Chicken Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles

A quick and tasty ramen noodle stir-fry that packs in layers of flavor. Use frozen vegetables and ground chicken (or meat or vegetarian protein) for the ultimate easy pantry meal.
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Thai Steak Salad with Rice Noodles

30-minute Thai Steak Salad packed with Southeast Asian flavors like lime, chili and mint. This salad is quick, healthy and incredibly delicious!
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Pasta for Dinner Recipes:

30-Minute Italian Sausage Pasta

A 30-minute Italian sausage pasta with a light, creamy sauce, Italian sausage, tangy-sweet sun-dried tomatoes and perfectly tender broccolini. A family favorite one-dish dinner.
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Creamy Lemon Pasta (No-Cook Sauce)

This is a creamy lemon pasta recipe with a luscious, super-lemony sauce that doesn't require cooking. It's quick and easy to make and so good! With just a few ingredients, this pasta recipe comes together in a matter of minutes. Serve topped with plenty of Parmesan cheese.
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Mushroom Spinach Pasta with Shallots

This simply delicious pasta is tossed with a savory mushroom spinach sauce. You can make this recipe at home in less than 30 minutes!
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30-Minute Hearty Italian Meat Sauce

This hearty homemade tomato meat sauce is rich, rustic and meaty, full of traditional red-sauce Italian-American flavors. It's perfect for a weeknight and it's ready to eat in about 30 minutes! Sauce your favorite pasta shape with this thick tomato sauce, or layer it into a cheesy lasagna.
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Mushroom Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Sauce

Stay in for dinner tonight! Make this restaurant-worthy gnocchi in a creamy blue cheese mushroom sauce. This delicious main dish cooks in one pan in 30 minutes.
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Weeknight Chicken Sausage Stew

25 Easy Dinners To Make Tonight, Including Weeknight Chicken Sausage Stew

Karen Tedesco
One of our top easy dinner recipes! This savory one-dish stew has cannellini beans, leafy greens, chicken sausage and marinara sauce, all topped with cheesy, crunchy bread crumbs.
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5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Chicken
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (108 g) fresh breadcrumbs, homemade or prepared
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (160 g) chopped yellow onion
  • 1 pound (450 g) uncooked chicken sausage, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon crushed red chili
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 15-ounce can (850 g) cannellini beans, drained
  • ½ cup (125 ml) chicken stock or water
  • 2 cups (500 ml) prepared marinara sauce, or homemade marinara
  • 2 cups (60 g) baby spinach or kale greens
  • cup (30 g) grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Instructions 

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the crumbs are crisp and golden brown. Set aside
  • Put the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet (12-inches) that has a lid. Place over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the sausage. Cook the sausage until it begins to brown, stirring it around the pan so it doesn’t stick.
  • Stir in the garlic, rosemary, chili and salt to taste. Cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the beans, stock and Roasted Garlic Sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook 10 minutes. Uncover the pan and simmer 5 more minutes to thicken the sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach.
  • Sprinkle the bread crumbs and cheese over the top and serve.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

To make your own breadcrumbs, lightly toast 4 slices of crusty bread. Cut into chunks (you can leave the crusts on) and pulse in a mini food processor to make coarse crumbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 2170mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4549IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 4mg
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I’m a food obsessed super-taster and professionally trained cook ALL about creating elevated dinners with everyday ingredients. Find simplified recipes made from scratch and enjoy incredibly tasty food! Read more about me here.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yum, Karen! All your recipes make my mouth water and I plan to just work my way through the list. Love your new website, too!

  2. So many fantastic dinner ideas to choose from! I’m definitely making the pasta al limone and spicy peanut lime steak salad first though! Thanks for the inspo and new ideas!