60 Easy Weeknight Dinners You'll Want to Make Tonight
Peace out, boring dinners.
Peace out, boring dinners. With pasta, tacos, soups, and more, these recipes will make sure you never have another basic meal again. While we all want to have that picturesque dinner, nobody wants to work for hours at it after a long hectic day. These 60 easy weeknight dinners will have you sitting down to eat in no time flat. With a good mix of greens, protein, and carbs, you really can’t go wrong.
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If you’re more of a takeout or delivery person, no worries! Check out some of our top cooking pointers here, but really all you need to know is that a little salt (usually more than you think!) and a sharp knife (keep your wrist steady for even cuts!) go a long way. Get all your ingredients prepped before you begin (think meal delivery-style, but on your own), and everything will come together that much faster.
The whole “I’ll cook if you clean” thing doesn’t really work when everyone’s exhausted, so make it easy on yourselves—as you’re browsing this list, take note of all the one-pot recipes. They start and end cooking in one dish (sometimes all on the stovetop!), meaning less for you to juggle in the kitchen and less cleanup. And if you want to leave your plates and silverware soaking in that pot overnight, no judgment here.
Another trick? Do yourself a favor and consider buying an air-fryer or slow-cooker. We’ve used these magical appliances to save SO much time and mess for lots of recipes here, like our air fryer pork chops and slow cooker chicken noodle soup.
So don’t stress out over dinner, you’ve got this. For more dinner inspiration, check out more ideas here and here. And don’t forget dessert!
The bell pepper is an excellent vessel for stuffing meat, rice, and, of course, cheese. It's strong enough to hold its shape in the oven, and the flavor is subtle enough to go well with just about anything. This is our favorite recipe but the customization options are endless.
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Goulash originated in medieval Hungary, where it was prepared by herdsmen—so you know it’s bound to be hearty and filling. Our version is simple but full of flavor: because the pasta cooks in the skillet, it’s infused with the tomato sauce and beef broth from the very beginning. Just a cup of cheddar cheese melted in seals the deal on flavor at the end.
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The fish—we use cod, but any flaky variety, like tilapia, works—marinates in a mixture of lime juice, chili powder, and cumin that will become your standard. But the real gem of this recipe is the cabbage slaw—it takes just a few minutes to toss together and its brightness is the perfect condiment to the spiced cod.
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Fried rice is a quick and delicious way to transform leftovers into something greater than the sum of its parts. Though we sometimes think of certain ingredients being typical (eggs, peas...) the only things you need heat, rice, and oil. Anything else you add is up to you!
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Oh, chicken alfredo: It's the classic pasta we just can't seem to get enough of. Of course there are tons of jarred pasta sauces you can buy, but making alfredo sauce from scratch is actually so easy.
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These enchiladas are definitely Tex-Mex at their core, but we went with non-stand corn tortillas in place of flour. (Go ahead and use flour if that's your preference though!) They may not be authentic by, well, anyone's standards, but they are quick, easy, filling, and delicious.
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This pasta went viral on TikTok, and for good reason! Roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is amazing, and you can add things like shallots and smashed garlic to make it your own.
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A longtime favorite of Delish readers, this savory-sweet salmon never disappoints. Searing fish might seem intimidating but, once you get the hang of it, it'll be second nature—just follow our easy tips.
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We skipped some traditional ingredients (such as dried shrimp, tamarind, pressed tofu, and bean sprouts), opting instead for ingredients that you can pick up at your local grocery store. Absolutely necessary for our recipe: fish sauce. It's easy to find at nearly every grocery store, and it adds an unbeatable punch of umami goodness.
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The easiest way to make chicken noodle soup? Use your slow-cooker!
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Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand, because this sauce is KILLER. And don't skip the suggested lemon wedges — the bit of acid helps cut through all the cream!
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Battered and lightly fried chicken is extra crispy underneath a sticky and sweet honey sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, serve with rice, and you'll never need takeout again!
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Due to the intense heat circulation that happens in the air fryer, the outside of these chops crisps slightly while the inside stays nice and juicy. 20 minutes later — most of it hands-off time — and it's basically instant dinner.
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Gumbo is a true melting pot dish. It's a top notch comfort stew centered around a flavorful roux and the Holy Trinity of onions, celery and bell peppers.
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There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of chicken parm recipes in the world, but this one is our favorite. Crispy, well-seasoned chicken, a flavorful tomato sauce with a kiss of sweetness, and, of course, tons of melty cheese. It's easy, simple, and classic.
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This easy one-pot soup was inspired by our love for that Tex-Mex classic: ground beef tacos. Lots of us grew up with taco night with those boxed taco shells and pre-shredded cheese. Now you can have all the joys of serving tacos without having to do any of the taco building.
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If you're looking for a super simple, comforting, no-frills bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, you've come to the right place. And if you're feeling adventurous, it's also a great jumping off point for your own version of this classic dish— try different meatballs and sauces to see what combo you like best.
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This recipe starts on the stovetop for a perfect golden sear then finishes in the oven for the juiciest, most flavorful results. If you don't want to turn on your oven, you can do everything over the stovetop too—after you add the sauce ingredients, reduce heat to medium, and cook for about another 3 minutes until the sauce is a perfectly silky consistency.
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Craving something hearty, healthy and warm? Pasta e Fagiole (AKA pasta and beans) is the answer. Traditionally this soup is made from dried beans, but we've opted for canned beans for ease. Not only can we be sure that canned beans are cooked perfectly every time, but in this recipe we're also using their canning liquid for added flavor.
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This is the least basic grilled chicken has ever looked. Make it on repeat during summer — when tomatoes are at their peak.
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Shakshuka, though typically eaten for breakfast, is a hearty dinner. Our take spins the color wheel, thanks to roasted tomatillos and Swiss chard. We top these eggs cooked in a tangy, spicy salsa verde with cotija cheese and avocado, but the topping choices are endless from chorizo to toasted pine nuts.
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Using a slow-cooker is one of our favorite, easy ways to prepare chicken thighs. The gentle heat helps ensure that the thighs will be tender and juicy. AND the sauce, you'll be happy to know, doesn't need any precooking. It just gets poured right in and forgotten about until dinner time.
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When we're sick, there's only one thing we crave: this chicken noodle soup. If you wanna pack it with more veggies (hey, they're good for you!) throw in some peppers with the onions, or stir in some spinach or kale when it's almost done cooking. You'll never go back to Campbell's.
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Although nothing's faster than picking up a sandwich from your favorite falafel joint, we promise that making these falafel balls at home is a cinch. These are herby, savory and the crispy outside give ways to a perfectly tender and spicy interior.
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Confession: We really love Chili's fajitas. There's nothing quite as exciting as when the steak arrives at the table sizzling IN the hot skillet. It's an experience we've always cherished, and one that you can now re-create at home!
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There is literally only one dirty dish to clean with this recipe. If you'd rather sub in chicken breasts, you totally can — we just love thighs for their flavor and crispy skin.
You're going to want to put this balsamic honey mustard glaze on EVERYTHING. We enjoy this with roasted red potatoes, but you can serve with any veggie side!
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This simple weeknight classic turns your favorite spinach and artichoke dip into a protein-packed dinner.
A lean, lemony fish like this would benefit from being served with some extra lemon wedges, a savory roasted green (like asparagus or string beans) and creamy mashed potatoes.
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Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. Mix and match your favorite toppings and feel free to sub in your favorite protein — pork, beef, or turkey would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust your cook time accordingly. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Red Pozole.
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