The Easiest Weeknight Dinners Featured on The Kitchen

Ready to eat in an hour or less, The Kitchen co-hosts' go-to supper ideas are timesaving showstoppers.

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Sunny's Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo Sauce

Bold garlic and nutty Pecorino Romano cheese deliver tried-and-true flavor to Sunny's quick-fix alfredo sauce. Follow Sunny's lead and forgo defrosting the peas before adding them to the pan with the pasta to save time in the kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo Sauce

Salmon and Vegetable "Stir-Fry Cheat Sheet"

Moist and tender, salmon fillets roast atop a bed of veggies to create a satisfying stir-fry-inspired supper. Brighten up the dish by finishing it with pickled cherry peppers dressed with soy sauce and a splash of rice wine vinegar.

Get the Recipe: Salmon and Vegetable "Stir-Fry Cheat Sheet"

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

A generous splash of Buffalo sauce delivers a bold, tangy taste to the three-sauce sauce that coats the pasta, while add-ins like shredded chicken and (even more) blue cheese give a nod to the beloved wings.

Get the Recipe: Pass the Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Pesto-Rubbed Baked Salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad

Ideal for both simple weeknight cooking and dressed-up entertaining alike, Geoffrey Zakarian's salmon supper features a blanket of mustard-laced pesto sauce and a refreshing side dish of cool cucumbers and crisp apples. For added texture and flavor in the salad, he tosses in crunchy pine nuts and chopped mint.

Get the Recipe: Pesto-Rubbed Baked Salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad

Sunny's Honey Chipotle Chicken Wet Burrito

Follow Sunny Anderson's lead and save time in the kitchen by taking advantage of a few shortcuts — like ready-to-go rotisserie chicken, a can of flavored beans and leftover white rice — when prepping this quick-fix burrito. 

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Honey Chipotle Chicken Wet Burrito

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Packed with lean, juicy chicken breasts, vibrant vegetables and a base of hearty rice, this satisfying stir-fry is an all-in-one meal that's ready to eat in just 25 minutes. The savory sauce, made with soy sauce, sriracha and bright lime juice, marries the flavors for bold results.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Eggplant Parm Soup

Jeff Mauro transforms a traditionally involved Italian dinner into a 20-minute recipe by reimagining each of the classic elements: breaded eggplant, tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. His secret is starting with prepared tomato soup, which he tops with a layer of gooey mozzarella and cubes of golden-brown fried eggplant. 

Get the Recipe: Eggplant Parm Soup

Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Brussels Sprouts and Kale Couscous

Instead of preparing a series of separate meal components, stick with Katie Lee's all-in-one supper. Her one-pan recipe features protein-packed fish blanketed in salty prosciutto, plus vegetables and couscous studded with dried fruit.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Brussels Sprouts and Kale Couscous

Hot Dog Fried Rice

Consider this next-level takeout-fakeout fare. Katie's quick-fix fried rice is laced with fresh ginger for a subtle bite, and it's finished with a fried egg and a drizzle of hot sauce, which promise over-the-top texture and flavor.

Get the Recipe: Hot Dog Fried Rice

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

Boasting all of the beloved flavor and texture of traditional falafel, this satisfying salad features a bed of romaine topped with crispy spiced chickpeas, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and a creamy yogurt-tahini dressing. 

Get the Recipe: Deconstructed Falafel Salad

Quickest Mac and Cheese

Made with a trio of rich cheeses — cream cheese, cheddar and American — this tried-and-true dinner is a comfort food classic.

Get the Recipe: Quickest Mac and Cheese

West Virginia-Style Hot Dog

The toppings are the star elements of Katie's fuss-free hot dog; she finishes the franks with contrasting meaty beef chili and cool coleslaw, plus a drizzle of yellow mustard for welcome tang.

Get the Recipe: West Virginia Style Hot Dog

Creamy Chicken Succotash

Sunny Anderson builds layer upon layer of flavor in her succotash by sauteing the juicy chicken thighs, peppers, corn and garlic in the same pan in which she crisped salty thick-cut bacon.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Chicken Succotash

Shrimp and Artichoke Tagliatelle with Black Pepper and Pecorino

The ultimate in quick-cooking seafood, shrimp require just a few minutes in the oven until they're ready to eat. Here Geoffrey tosses the roasted shrimp, fresh pasta and garlic-scented artichokes with a splash of the pasta water and butter to create a hassle-free sauce.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Artichoke Tagliatelle with Black Pepper and Pecorino

Brown Sugar-Spiced Salmon

It takes only four ingredients to make the bold topping for Katie's moist salmon. While the brown sugar promises sweetness, the chile powder balances the flavor with a punch of smokiness.

Get the Recipe: Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

Corn and Chipotle Ravioli Lasagna

The key to making Marcela Valladolid's hearty comfort food in a hurry is starting with packaged cheese ravioli. She mixes these timesaving beauties with a creamy chipotle-studded sauce, plus fresh zucchini, to create a rich, satisfying casserole.

Get the Recipe: Corn and Chipotle Ravioli Lasagna

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