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Let’s face it, sometimes we’re busy! These 15 Minute Dinner Ideas are for you! Ideally, we’d love to have a 3-course meal with all the bells and whistles, but realistically, you might have less than 30 minutes to feed a bunch of very hungry mouths! Check out all of these delicious quick dinner ideas with easy-to-understand instructions and, even better, easy-to-find ingredients. You know you’ll need them all in your back pocket for those crazy busy days!
15 Minute Dinner Ideas
Have you yet discovered One-Pot Pastas? A brilliantly simple idea, simply toss everything into a pot and boil. 15 minutes later, you’ll have al dente pasta ready to eat. The most common style of One Pot meals is basic marinara. Tomatoes, garlic, and basil become fresh-tasting spaghetti.
Salisbury Steaks using ground turkey, a little bit of parsley, onions, milk, and panko. Salisbury Steak got a healthy upgrade with this Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe. Less fat and calories than the beef version but just as good!
The easiest pasta dish you will ever make with just 5 ingredients in 15 minutes, loaded with Parmesan and bacon! Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with eggs, hard cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. When you’re craving a comforting bowl of creamy pasta, nothing will cure you as fast as carbonara.
An easy and delicious meal! This dinner recipe is made in one baking dish making clean-up a breeze. Perfect for busy weeknights!
The easiest lo mein you will ever make in 15 min from start to finish. It’s so much quicker, tastier, and healthier than take-out! If you want delicious Lo Mein noodles with a flavor that tastes just like takeout, you just need to get the spices and SAUCE right! The noodle part is easy – you can literally use any noodles, even pasta (yep, seriously).
Look no further than this delicious Shrimp Scampi in a delicious garlic butter sauce, which only takes 15- 20 minutes from prep to plate! This recipe is always a big hit!
These Big Mac Tacos (or Smash Burger Tacos) are delicious, easy to make, and will amaze anyone who eats them. You’ll also get the easy homemade Big Mac sauce. Bake some fries and have dinner ready in 15-20 minutes!
A quick and easy side dish of angel hair pasta with loads of fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, chicken broth, half and half, and parsley. These Parmesan Garlic Noodles are a spin-off of the favorite boxed noodle with olive oil, butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, broth & cream. The best part is they’re ready in 10 minutes!
This 15-minute Burrito Skillet has sirloin steak, black beans, a creamy sauce, and tortillas all cooked in one skillet.
This ramen stir fry is packed with so much flavor from the chicken, sauce, and fresh vegetables, and can be whipped up in a flash. This beef ramen noodles recipe is super comforting and comes together fast! You’ll love the tender ground beef with an addictive sweet and savory peanut sauce. This dish is not only an easy meal to make, but it’s also mixed in an incredibly tasty, savory sauce.
With just 5 minutes to prepare, this Million Dollar Chicken is easy, cheesy, and smothered in a special cream sauce, then topped with bacon! This juicy chicken recipe is filled with the rich and bold flavors everyone loves! If you have more time, you can turn this into a crock pot recipe (just set it and forget it!).
Make dinner easy and your family happy with these delicious chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls! Just a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes, and you’ve got a fantastic and satisfying meal on the table! Quick 15-minute appetizer, snack, or even part of dinner!
Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi is the perfect dinner when you’re in the mood for comfort food. Soft gnocchi cooked in a cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and garlic.
This Chicken Enchilada Soup can be made on the Stove Top or the Crock-Pot and is easy to make with chicken breast, thighs, rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken! This delicious chicken enchilada soup is thick, cheesy, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!
A kid-friendly recipe that is creamy, flavorful, and filling! Great to try on a busy weeknight. Chicken Pot Pie Noodles Skillet takes a classic chicken pot pie recipe and transforms it into a delicious one-pot meal!
One pinner said, “The layers were flakey and the cheese was hot and gooey on the inside. I heated up some tomato soup and we used it as a dip for the pull aparts.” Delicious!
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta is an easy one-pot weeknight dinner. If you’re in the mood for comfort food but also enjoy healthy meals, you need to add this to your weekly rotation. Butter, garlic, artichoke, and more. YUM! This is a comforting, warm, cheesy meal that’s so simple to make.
18. Taco Casserole
Everything you love about delicious tacos layered into one irresistible dish! It’s the ultimate easy comfort food for busy families. Perfect for Taco Tuesday or a quick weeknight dinner! Sprinkle extra cheese on top just before putting it in the oven.
This grilled salmon recipe is the quickest and easiest way to make delicious salmon on the grill. The flavorful filets are ready in just 15 minutes, making it the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!
Cheesy and tender parmesan zucchini rounds baked to perfection. It’s a healthy, nutritious, and completely addictive side dish.
21. Fried Pork Chops
Breaded Fried Pork Chops cooked golden brown perfection! Boneless pork chops are crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.