27 Easy and Delicious Main Dishes That Make Dinner a Breeze
FEBRUARY 13, 2023
What’s for dinner tonight? If your answer is “I don’t know,” don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or a dish that will wow your dinner guests, we’ve compiled 27 of our favorite main dishes that check all the boxes.
From veggie-packed to one-pan meals, these easy recipes are guaranteed to please—and they’ll save you a ton of time in the kitchen. Looking for something a little more adventurous? We’ve got hearty proteins, and pastas made with fresh and flavorful ingredients that will make you forget all about takeout.
Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. Let these easy main dishes be your inspiration tonight.
The Recipe Critic
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are filled with tender chunks of roast beef with thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese all held together by a soft hoagie bread all dipped in au jus sauce. This warm, savory and comforting sandwich is a MUST!
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Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo
Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo - Only 5 ingredients - smoked sausage, pasta, cajun seasoning, heavy cream and parmesan - ready in under 15 minutes! No prep! Very similar to our all-time favorite Chicken Lazone, but with smoked sausage. OMG! AMAZING! Make this tonight! We ate it two nights in a row - i...
This Quinoa Crusted Salmon uses quinoa and breadcrumbs for added texture, flavor and nutrition and pairs beautifully with a side salad. It's packed with flavor and ready in under 20 minutes, making it an ideal weeknight meal!
This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they've asked me to make this Penne alla Vodka recipe again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies. This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!
Arrabiata pasta is a traditional Italian spicy sauce pasta made with garlic, tomatoes and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. It's made with simple ingredients yet has a deep spicy bite that will definitely give your taste buds a kick. Try it with sauteed shrimp for a quick and flavorful we...
Get ready to step up your flatbread game with this delicious Super Spinach + Salmon Flatbread. This drool-worthy recipe features flaky, oven-baked salmon, a medley of roasted vegetables, and a creamy spinach sauce. All these flavors come together for a flatbread that's sure to be the star of your ne...
20-Minute Chicken Cutlets & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce
This low-carb chicken dinner whips up in only 20 minutes, thanks to thin-cut chicken breast and packaged zucchini noodles. If you have a spiralizer and want to make your own zucchini noodles, use two medium zucchini.
Craving comfort food? This Chicken + Creamy Broccoli Mash is just the ticket. A perfect balance of creamy mashed potatoes, tender chicken, and hearty broccoli make for a delicious, wholesome meal. Ready in under an hour, this recipe is the ideal weeknight dinner.
Skillet Pork Chops with Peas, Carrots & Pearl Onions
This superfast one-dish dinner is full of classic flavor and is such a crowd pleaser that you'll want to work it into your regular weeknight dinner rotation. We call for bone-in pork chops to maximize flavor, but boneless pork chops are a fine substitution. To round out this meal a little more, serv...