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60 Best Easy Dinners

June 10, 2024

We’ve rounded up our 60 best, easy dinner recipes! From grilled steak to braised chickpeas to allll the sheet pan dinners—we’ve got you covered.


Shredded chicken thighs covered with marinara over polenta in a bowl with fresh basil

What should I make for dinner tonight that's EASY? What are some good, healthy dinners? Could I just pay someone to come up with an easy dinner idea for me? We’re food bloggers—we literally cook dinner for a living—and these questions still haunt us sometimes. Standing there, staring into the fridge, wondering what you can whip up tonight that everyone will gladly eat and that won’t take a zillion hours—yeah, we’ve been there! For you (and for ourselves!) we’ve put together this list of the 60 BEST, easy dinner recipes we’ve got. They’re all over the map—some are healthy recipes, some are a little more indulgent, some are vegetarian recipes, some are all about a big slab of protein—but they’re unified by their simplicity. So here you have it! Our absolute best, easy dinners—all in one place

Rigatoni pasta with broccoli pesto in a bowl with a spoon
4 lemon chicken breasts baked in a baking dish with olive oil, white wine, lemon juice, garlic and spices

Our Best Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

  • Instant Pot Chicken Marinara With Polenta. Our simple equation for this easy, satisfying dinner goes something like this: chicken thighs + a jar of marinara sauce = dinner’s done. (COVER PHOTO) Serve with a Simple Italian Salad and Garlic Bread.
  • Broccoli Pesto Pasta. To make broccoli pesto, broccoli florets are whizzed right into the pesto sauce itself, adding an even more vibrant punch of emerald green to the sauce as well as a seriously healthy boost. This pasta is perfect alongside Lemon Chicken or with Shredded Chicken tossed in.
  • Lemon Chicken. This easy recipe shines with a sunny, lemony zing. Garlic and herbs—plus a glug of white wine—mean that juicy, tender chicken breasts are as delicious as they are healthy. Serve with Roasted Broccoli and a Kale Caesar Salad for a perfectly complete meal.
  • Ratatouille Sheet Pan Dinner With Sausage. While ratatouille is delicious served all on its own, we’ve added sausage to the mix to take this healthy sheet pan dinner to new heights. To really take it over the top, serve it with Creamy Polenta or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
  • Garlic Ginger Salmon en Papillote. Who knew that such an elegant meal could be so very easy. Brown rice or couscous are delicious options to add extra veg to this outstanding thirty minute meal.
  • Baked Salmon with Grapefruit Salad. Moist, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth salmon perfection. This is the easy salmon recipe you’ve been waiting for. Oh, and did we mention it cooks in just 15 minutes? Serve with Broccolini or Baked sweet potatoes.
crock pot chicken tacos in a silver pan topped with salsa and limes
Whole30 approved shrimp and sausage sheet pan dinner with asparagus

Best, Easy Dinner Recipes For A Family

  • Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken. Full of rich flavors, almost NO prep, and using only one pan, this dish is destined to become a new favorite. Serve with Lemon Rice and Steamed Broccoli.
  • Five Spice Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner. Chicken thighs and cabbage get a little dose of flavor from Chinese five spice, and a little oven time on a sheet pan and boom! Dinner’s done. You can serve this on it's own, but potatoes or rice make great accompaniments.
  • Sheet Pan Quesadilla with Jalapeño Ranch. Stuffed with cheese and avocado, this giant, melty, upgraded cheese sheet pan quesadilla is good on its own, but we take it over the top with a side of homemade jalapeño ranch for dipping. Guacamole and Pico De Gallo with Cabbage are great sides for dipping as well. You can never have to many dips, in our opinion.
  • Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. What’s easier—and way better—than instant mac and cheese? Rich, creamy, homemade Instant Pot mac and cheese! Why? Because it takes about 5 minutes start-to-finish. We can easily eat this on it's own or love it with Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs or Steak Bites.
  • Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Meat. Wait wait wait—taco night can be even easier? Yep! Meet our 3-ingredient Crock-Pot chicken taco meat recipe! Whip up some Instant-Pot Mexican Beans and Cilantro-Lime Rice for a complete feast!
  • Mango Chutney Chicken Sheet Pan. A jar of store-bought mango chutney is the secret to this ultra easy dinner. Serve with Rice, Quinoa or Couscous.
  • Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner. Need we say more? Old Bay makes everything taste good—not that shrimp and sausage need any help. Serve with Cornbread and Butter Lettuce Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Za'atar Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner. We dressed up basic cauliflower and chicken with our latest favorite spice blend, za’atar. Great alone or spruce it up with some Middle Eastern side dishes like Mediterranean Couscous Salad and Classic Creamy Hummus.
Hoisin Glazed Pork Chops on a plate with a spoon
Italian hero sandwiches on a plater with honey mustard

Pork & Sausage Make Everything Taste AMAZING.

  • Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner. An easy one-pan sausage, kale and potato skillet that pleases everyone, from cook to clean-up crew. Serve with Sourdough Bread and Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan.
  • Hoisin Glazed Pork Chops. Having a few punchy ingredients on-hand is a great way to make a simple dinner out of just a few ingredients. Hoisin sauce is one of our go-to super-ingredients for easy dinners—just slather it on some pork chops, and you’re well on your way to dinnertime bliss. Our Asian Slaw with Sriracha Dressing or Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Fish Sauce Dressing are a match made in heaven for these chops.
  • Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Speaking of pork chops, this version—with a super creamy mushroom sauce—is ready in just 30 minutes. Crispy Shallot Mashed Potatoes or Crispy Smashed Potatoes are perfect sidekicks.
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri. Grilling always makes for an easy dinner, right? It’s so fast, and the clean up is minimal. Sliced up this pork tenderloin and serve it with a bowl of chimichurri—you’ll be hearing raves for days. Serve with Glazed Carrots or Green Beans Almondine.
  • Cauliflower Gnocchi with Bruschetta Sauce and Sausage. This hearty, low-carb supper that bursts with bright, bold flavors and comes together in under ten minutes. It just doesn’t get easier or healthier than that! Serve with a Simple Italian Salad then treat yourself with some classic super-easy Tiramisu.
  • Sheet Pan Italian Sausage Heros with Honey Mustard. The brilliant thing about breaking out your sheet pan to make italian sausage sandwiches with peppers is that it makes it so easy to make Italian hoagies for a crowd! Gather the hungry masses and let the feeding begin. If possible, Homemade French Fries or Instant Pot Mac and Cheese would make this meal even better!
Grilled Ribeye with Salsa Verde on a cutting board
A plate of grilled carne asada with tortillas, limes, avocado and radishes

The Best Dinner Recipes of All Time Involve Steak—We Can All Agree on That, Right?

  • Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Italian Salsa Verde. Easy? Check. Fast? Yup. Almost-no clean up? Uh, yeah, this recipe is perfect. Served with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Classic Wedge Salad.
  • Carne Asada. This easy carne asada recipe is as simple as can be—fire up the grill and you’ll be feasting on juicy carne asada tacos in no time. Serve with Refried Beans and keep the Margaritas flowing!
  • Chimichurri Steak. For some reason, a perfectly grilled steak never fails to impress people. And it's really easy to do. Grab yourself about ten minutes, fire up the grill, and let’s make a great steak! Serve with Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Panko and Golden Raisins and The Kale Salad, you'll feel like you had a fine dining experience.
  • Grilled Five Spice Flank Steak. A Chinese five spice-hoisin marinade sinks into scored flank steak like nobody's business, and turns a simply grilled flank steak into a total flavor bomb. Serve with Asian Chopped Salad or Coconut Fried Rice.
5 ingredient chicken tortilla soup in a bowl with cilantro and sour cream
ceramic bowl of creamy tortellini soup with sausage and kale topped with fresh parmesan

Our Go-To Easy Dinner Idea? Soup!

  • 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup. As simple and easy as it sounds. No, actually, it’s even easier than that. An Agua Fresca and a side of Chips and Salsa? Yes, please!
  • Taco Soup. Like tacos, but soup! Seriously! Serve with Elote (Mexican Street Corn) and a refreshing Paloma.
  • Tikka Masala Soup. Your favorite Indian chicken recipe, soup-ified. Serve with naan and Easy Raita for dipping. If you're wanting some more green, we love Roasted Broccoli on the side.
  • Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale. Can we just call this “The Soup”? A creamy tomato base is loaded with cheese tortellini and hearty sausage and basically this soup is just the greatest dinner ever. Serve with Simple Italian Salad or Roasted Asparagus and don't forget some crusty bread!
  • Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup. Just what it sounds like! Comfort in a pot. Serve with Spoon Bread and Fruit Salad.
  • Coconut Curry Ramen. This restaurant-worthy creamy ramen is ready in about 15 minutes and is loaded with healthy veggies—in other words, it’s a weeknight dream. Serve with Korean Style Baked Chicken Wings and Asian Cucumber Salad.
  • White Bean Soup with Bacon. Creamy and deeply savory, it’s hard to believe that this rich and hearty white bean soup with bacon is made from just five simple ingredients. An Italian Chopped Salad or Chopped Salad with Herb Yogurt Dressing make a winning duo with this soup.
  • Hungarian Mushroom Soup. Paprika-tinged and soothing, there’s something uniquely cozy about this creamy mushroom soup. It's a cold-weather staple in our homes, and we hope it’ll become one in yours, too!
bowl of creamy roasted red pepper rigatoni pasta topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil
baked gnocchi with fresh mozzarella

Oodles of Easy Noodle Recipes

Roasted Chicken With taco seasoning over Cabbage in a skillet
Green Chicken Enchiladas with melted cheese and extra sauce

Chicken Dinner Ideas? Ooooohhhh Have We Ever Got Chicken Dinner Ideas!

a bowl of homemade baked orange chicken on white rice topped with sesame seeds and green onions
thai basil beef over white rice in a large white bowl

Stir-Fries: The OG Quick, Easy Dinner

  • Easy Orange Chicken. Our easy orange chicken recipe puts a healthy spin on the sweet-savory favorite. Delicious with Fried Rice and Hot and Sour Cabbage.
  • Kung Pao Chicken. Step away from the takeout menu. Step towards the stove and make this easy chicken instead! Or Try Kung Pao Tofu, both are great with White or Fried Rice.
  • Thai Basil Beef. A speedy, savory Thai beef basil stir fry that’s just a bit spicy and really hits the spot. Delicious on rice or on top of a baked sweet potato.
  • Crispy Chicken Stir Fry. Cornstarch and high heat mean super-crispy chicken every time. Toss in some green beans, and you’ve got an easy, healthy dinner in about 10 minutes. Serve with Chinese Dry-Fried Green Beans or Hot and Sour Cabbage.
  • Gingery Ground Beef (Soboro Donburi). Five ingredients, a few minutes and a hot skillet, and you’ll be digging into a delicious soboro donburi. Serve over rice and match up with Tofu Lettuce Wraps or Sticky Shrimp Lettuce Wraps for extra dinner deliciousness!
braised chickpeas in tomato sauce with chard shown in a ceramic bowl with sourdough bread and a wooden handled spoon.
eggs cooked in salsa verde topped with radish, cotija cheese and cilantro

Easy, Fast Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

  • Braised Chickpeas with Chard. Rich, filling and healthy, this dinner is as fast and delicious as any we could imagine. Easy on the budget, too!
  • Portobello Mushroom Fajitas. Just as good as their chicken or steak-filled counterparts, and just as fast, too.
  • Huevos Rancheros. Runny, fried eggs over a bed of seasoned beans, atop a layer of warm corn tortillas, add a few condiments and voila—breakfast for dinner takes on a whole new meaning.
  • Soft-Scrambled Eggs. Don’t knock it—scrambled eggs make a perfect dinner in our book. Add a little Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad or Avocado and Melon Salad if you want to round it out, and dinner will still be ready in about 15 minutes.

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  • Brenda

    Hello, my mother is 90 years old. I am her caregiver and I am grateful to be able to do this. The biggest problem I have is figuring out what to make her for dinners. She is beyond fussy and I am running out of ideas. I have searched and searched on the web and all that I see is meals that I know she would not like. Any idea’s? She does not like fussy meals, she is a simple lady with simple tastes when it comes to her suppers. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    Check out our Lemon Chicken and our Creamy Chicken Orzo. Both are pretty basic and mild in flavor. Hope this helps!

  • Morgan

    All looks really good, and I am excited to make all of this stuff

    Thanks Morgan, you'll have to let us know how you like them as you make them!

  • Ash

    Omggg All of this stuff looks super good and delicious! I need to get some more recipes!


    Thanks Ash!

  • Jayla

    How do I make an amazing lasagna? Your food looks incredible I really like them,

    Thank you! You can check out our Classic Lasagna Recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • skehen

    delicious dinners for my husband

    Glad we could help!

  • Ciella



  • Keira

    good i like it

    Thanks Keira!

  • Jessica

    This was so good! I love every meal on here!!

    Thanks Jessica!

  • Ed

    Great list! Very helpful for someone in college like me who has gotten tired of chicken and rice.

    Thanks Ed, so happy we could help!

  • Carol

    I love these recipes they are truly perfect for a quick and easy dinner.

    Thanks Carol!