5 Weeknight Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

PENNE ALLA VODKA Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Cowgirls and Cowboys Food Network Penne, Garlic, Onion, Butter, Olive Oil, Vodka, Tomato Puree, Tomato Sauce, Heavy Cream, Red Pepper Flakes, Parmesan

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Matt Armendariz, 2015

It’s that time of year when some days are hot, some days are cool, and the only constant is that every day is packed with busy schedules. We’re here to help with some of our favorite weeknight meals that are ready in less time than takeout.

Penne alla Vodka (pictured above)

You’re only 25 minutes away from sitting down to the table with this take on a classic Italian-American comfort dish.

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Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

Dress up leftover store-bought rotisserie chicken — just a cup stretches to feed four — with a spicy peanut sauce, vegetables and nutty soba noodles for a refreshing meal on a hot night.

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Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

The star of this easy vegetarian meal is a super quick yogurt sauce made with grilled peppers and garlic, leading everyone to believe you spent more than 30 minutes in the kitchen.

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Photo by: Andrew Purcell

Andrew Purcell

A quick trip to the broiler brings out the flavors of a dish that baked for hours, but it only takes 30 minutes to put together this shortcut lasagna.

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Ree uses shrimp as the base for this self-serve taco bar, which cuts down on cook time for a meal that’s ready in just 16 minutes. If you’re feeling ambitious, prep the coleslaw ahead of time and let the flavors develop in the fridge for a few hours.

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