30-Minute Dinner Recipes

Get dinner on the table in under a half-hour with these easy recipes.

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Pork Chops Pizzaiola

Finish browned, caramelized pork chops in a quick pan sauce made with red wine, chicken stock and tomato paste for an easy, flavor-packed main dish ready in 30 minutes flat.

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Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage and Ricotta Cheese

If you plan it right, this sauce should take about as long to prep as it takes to boil the pasta. The sauce is finished by tossing the pasta and some of its cooking water into the pan with the sauce.

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Creamy, Garlicky Shrimp Skillet

This super-quick and indulgent weeknight dinner takes a slight left turn from the standard fettuccine Alfredo. Red peppers and paprika turn the expected into spectacular.

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Chicken Stir-Fry

The time it takes to cook and combine this hearty meal is all in its name — cut small pieces of chicken and vegetables, and spritz them with teriyaki sauce. 

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No-Pain Lo Mein

Making Chinese food at home is easy. Skip delivery and stir-fry vegetables like peppers, mushrooms and scallions, then toss them with cooked noodles coated in soy sauce and sesame oil. 

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Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese

Nutmeg and cayenne are the secret ingredients to Rachael Ray's decadent macaroni and cheese. Top the casserole dish with more cheese, then bake until bubbling and slightly browned.

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Veggies

Rachael's colorful meal is complete with protein, vegetables and a starch. While the potatoes and veggies roast in the oven, prepare a cheese-coated chicken breast and everything will be ready to plate at the same time.

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Penne with Butternut Squash

Buy diced, peeled butternut squash to cut down on prep time for this pasta that's even heartier when made with whole-wheat or multigrain penne.

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Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese

Giada De Laurentiis boils pasta until tender but still firm to the bite, as it will then be tossed with tomatoes and cooked spinach; the end result will be perfectly cooked noodles.

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Glazed Salmon with Spiced Carrots

The combination of a sweet honey glaze and high-heat cooking creates a golden, crunchy layer of flavor on the salmon, while coriander and cumin add warm spice to sweet carrots.

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Pappardelle with Snap Peas

Toss pappardelle pasta with sweet snap peas and a little ricotta salata for a simple, satisfying meal in about 30 minutes.

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Inside-Out Chicken Cordon Bleu

Stuffing chicken is too much work for a weeknight. Instead, get all the same flavors together in this inside-out version, with boneless chicken breasts paired with Gruyère cheese and wrapped in ham.

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Turkey Sausage Tacos

Diced mango gives a sweet touch to these turkey tacos that get kick from ancho chile powder.

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White Clam Pizza

This sounds like a tough dinner dish, but using refrigerated pizza dough and canned clams makes it surprisingly easy to whip up.

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Penne with Eggplant Sauce

Make a chunky sauce of Japanese eggplants and crushed plum tomatoes for this pasta. A dollop of ricotta cheese on top is the perfect finishing touch.

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Shrimp and Kale Pitas

Fill pitas with a mixture of shrimp, kale and chickpeas for a simple hand-held dinner.

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Skillet Orzo with Tuna

Canned cannellini beans help this orzo dish come together quickly. Cost-conscious solid white tuna gives it a protein boost.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

This cheesy, broiled sandwich is hearty enough to serve as a simple dinner.

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Gnocchi with Bacon and Escarole

With just 10 minutes' prep time, this pasta dinner is a cinch to put together. Quick-cooking bacon and escarole add color, texture and tons of flavor.

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