5 Weeknight Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour


©2012 Food Network

2012 Food Network

Though there’s a certain time and place in which it is exciting to experiment with hands-on, over-the-top recipes that require planning and patience, your busy kitchen at about 6 p.m. on a weekday is not it. Instead, that time calls for a no-fuss meal that your whole family will enjoy, and that can be quickly and effortlessly prepped. We’ve rounded up five of Food Network’s go-to dinner recipes, so that even on the busiest evening, you can cook up a complete, feel-good meal.

Rachael Ray uses flour tortillas, cumin-laced chicken and taco sauce instead of traditional noodles, ground meat and tomato sauce to build her 30-minute lasagna, a top-rated recipe with over 900 user reviews.


A meaty and firm fish, halibut is mild in flavor and pairs nicely with cannellini beans, roasted red peppers and rosemary.

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Lean boneless pork chops need just 5 minutes to marinate in a shallot-thyme vinaigrette to ensure they adopt bold, full flavor.


A drizzle of cider vinaigrette before serving balances the richness of the creamy, cheesy soup, made with sweet onions, fresh garlic and crushed tomatoes.


Top garlic-laced chicken cutlets with a dollop of soft ricotta cheese and a warm sun-dried tomato, pine nut-eggplant mixture.