30-Minute Dinner Recipes

Get dinner on the table in a half-hour or less with these quick and easy recipes.

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Grilled Steak with Greek Corn Salad

Cube steaks are inexpensive, and they're a great way to make midweek steak dinners doable. A cube steak needs little more than salt and pepper and a quick spin on the grill before it's ready to be served alongside grilled corn and vinaigrette-coated veggies.

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Tortellini in Brodo

It's easier than you think to make a vegetable-filled bone broth. A smoked pork chop adds tons of flavor to this soup, and a Parmesan rind gives it extra richness.

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30-Minute Cod with Lemony Braised Fennel

You'll almost want to eat by candlelight: This quick cod dish takes only 30 minutes to make, yet it's nothing if not elegant. Save time by juicing the lemon and slicing the olives while the cod and fennel cook.

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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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Escarole and Bean Soup

A hearty dinner doesn't need to include meat — just ask Giada. This classic Italian soup is filled with tart escarole and hearty cannellini beans. A chunk of Parmesan is the secret ingredient that makes the soup silky and rich.

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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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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

We love multi-purpose kitchen gadgets that make life easier, so that's why the Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one) is a go-to for quick meals. Especially this creamy kid-friendly mac and cheese, which cooks up in no time. And after it's been gobbled up, you'll only have one pot to clean!

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Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

For a quick meal that's low in carbs but big on flavor, whip up Rachael's chicken lettuce wraps. Garlic and ginger is a terrific one-two punch for the sauteed chicken and mushrooms. And just a few tablespoons of Chinese barbecue sauce go a long way, lightly coating and flavoring the meat-and-veggie filling.

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Chicken Summer Rolls

These crunchy Vietnamese-style rolls are healthy and light, and the addition of rice makes them a filling dinner option. They're gluten-free, but anyone — even kids — will love them.

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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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Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Stuff corn tortillas with a cheesy Buffalo chicken filling for a mashup you'll crave again and again. It's an easy weeknight winner, thanks to rotisserie chicken.

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30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy, smoky chipotle chiles and chili powder add long-cooked flavor to this quick pork stew. To save time, only the pork is browned in oil, while the onions get pureed with tomatoes, garlic and the chile to make the broth.

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Herb-and-Mustard Sirloin with Baked Potatoes

This 30-minute steak and potato dinner is going to be a standby in your weeknight repertoire.

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Ravioli with Sage-Walnut Butter

See how easy it is to dress up refrigerated ravioli. A delicious brown butter sauce flavored with fresh sage leaves and toasted walnuts will make the cheesy pillows taste like you spent hours on dinner.

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Start this simple dish by sauteing salty pancetta with flavorful garlic, then watch it get only better from there. Mix together eggs and Parmesan, which act as a thickener, to create the sauce. Stir into the hot pasta so the eggs cook and the sauce perfectly clings to every strand of spaghetti.

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Instant Pot Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and Greens

Let your Instant Pot do all the work tonight. Get buttery smashed potatoes, lemony salmon and perfectly cooked greens on the table in only 30 minutes — and with minimal cleanup.

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Shrimp Stir-Fry

Shrimp is a weeknight timesaver that belongs in everyone's arsenal. Ree uses it in this veggie-filled stir-fry, perfect for those nights when you don't have a minute to spare.

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Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Ina's buttery shrimp linguine is just what you need when you want a fast but elegant dish. Cooking the pasta and the sauce together for the last few minutes is her trick to getting the pasta to really absorb the fresh flavor.

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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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Mushroom Quesadillas with Succotash

Bulk up your typical weeknight fallback — quesadillas — with buttery mushrooms and a thinly sliced red onion. Frozen corn and lima beans make for a quick side to round out this family-friendly meal.

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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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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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Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Trade your usual chicken breasts for tenders in Ree's easy recipe and you can have saucy and cheesy chicken Parmesan on the table in 16 minutes. Now that's how you avoid the weeknight dinner rut!

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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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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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Beef Stew with Spinach Pitas

This Moroccan-spiced stew, filled with ground beef, fire-roasted tomatoes and chickpeas, will taste like it simmered for hours. Serve it with spinach-and-cheese-stuffed pitas for a hearty dinner in a flash.

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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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Chicken Fajita Pasta

Creamy and packed with peppers and onions, the whole meal can be made in just 30 minutes. A tortilla chip topping adds some surprising (and welcome) crunch.

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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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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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Linguine with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Linguine simply flavored with olive oil and garlic is an easy and comforting meal on its own; tossed with a chunky tomato sauce and sauteed shrimp it becomes a 25-minute winner.

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Penne alla Vodka

Creamy and comforting, penne alla vodka is an impressive dish to serve up when you're entertaining, but it's also perfectly appropriate for a weeknight. (Go ahead and treat yourself!)

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Prosciutto and Sage

With the help of a spiralizer, butternut squash becomes the noodles in this sweet-and-savory, satisfying dish that's impressive enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a weeknight meal.

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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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Soba Noodles with Salmon

When you want an easy dinner that tastes like it came from your favorite Japanese restaurant, look no further than quick-cooking salmon. Sauteed in a mirin-based sauce with bell peppers, the fish is ready for its noodle bed in minutes.

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Pita Pizzas

Don't worry about having to wait for the dough to rise. Pitas make pizza night come together in 30 quick minutes. Give the toppings a grown-up touch with a tomato-olive mixture, baby arugula, and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

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Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

You're more than willing to give peanut butter a spot at your lunch table; now's the time to invite it to dinner. Stir it together rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and chili sauce to create a creamy, sweet-salty sauce just right for coating soba noodles.

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Egg-and-Bean Dinner Salad

A salad can certainly be satisfying dinner, especially when it comes filled with protein-packed hard-boiled eggs and hearty cannellini beans. The fresh mix of greens in this all-in-one meal will not disappoint.

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Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Fresh-squeezed orange juice brightens up the peanut butter-based dressing atop this salad. Shredded rotisserie chicken and edamame add to its filling power, and chow mein noodles provide a nice, crunchy texture.

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Nacho Chicken Cutlets

Get all the tortilla chips and shredded cheese you love about nachos in dinner form. Seasoned chicken and chopped romaine lettuce help transform the starter into a complete meal.

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Greek Frittata with Dill-Feta Salad

Frittatas are terrific for breakfast and brunch, yes, but they're also fantastic for dinner. This one is filled with olives, tomatoes and feta cheese for a Greek take on the early morning favorite.

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Lemon-Garlic Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

This one-skillet dinner will look like it took you a whole lot longer than 30 minutes. Cook the potatoes alongside the crispy chicken thighs and enjoy the evening with minimal cleanup.

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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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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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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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Chicken Flautas

Pick up a rotisserie chicken and get dinner on the table quicker than it'd take you to call in an order from your favorite Mexican restaurant. And don't forget the avocado cream!

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Everything Salmon Fillets and Cream Cheese Potatoes

Bring your love of everything bagels to the dinner table with this 30-minute meal. Salmon fillets get a flavor boost from everything bagel seasoning, and they're perfect served alongside cheesy mashed potatoes.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Tomato and Basil and Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

Chicken Tostadas

Store-bought tostadas and a rotisserie chicken help this meal come together in 15 short minutes. Layering on the flavors is easy enough that you can even enlist the kids!

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Lemon Capellini

You're only three ingredients and 15 minutes away from lemony, buttery weeknight success. Pair this pasta with chicken or shrimp, or serve it by itself — it won't disappoint.

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Tuna Bagel Nicoise

You know how easy it is to turn a can of tuna into a great lunch, so why not use the trusty standby to make dinner? Pile it onto a bagel and top with veggies, herbs and sliced hard-boiled eggs; you'll wonder why you've never done this before.

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Mexican Tortilla Pizzas with Chorizo

You can serve up mouthwatering Mexican pizzas any night of the week, thanks to flour tortillas. Crisp them up in the oven, then top with fresh chorizo, refried beans and cheese. When the cheese is warm and melty, the pizzas are ready for their cool finishing touches: think lettuce, lime juice, avocado and Mexican crema.

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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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Spicy Tofu and Vegetable Lo Mein

Fresh ginger adds great flavor — and it's a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. This is one meal you can get on the table quickly and feel good about serving to your family.

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Classic American Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a delicious crowd-pleaser that's easy to adapt by mixing and matching breads, cheese and soups on the side.

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