Easy Dinner Recipes

Updated on March 15, 2022

The Best Quick, Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make… Some in 30 Minutes or Less! These meals are perfect for busy weeknights. With everything that goes on in a typical day, after-school sports, and activities—it’s completely understandable that cooking dinner is the last thing you want to do or have to think hard about when you get home. While there are plenty of slow cooker recipes you can make ahead of time, sometimes you just need quick, easy dinner recipes. That’s where the following easy dinner recipes come in. Here, you’ll find quick, easy dinner recipes that include all of your favorite dishes

The Best Quick, Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make... Some in 30 Minutes or Less! These meals are perfect for busy weeknights.

Easy Dinner Recipes

1. Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect easy weeknight meal you need to add to your meal planning menu! It’s a blend of ground beef, macaroni and cheese, and taco seasoning all rolled into one fantastic dish. It’s fast, easy, and ready in under 30 minutes! Pass me a bowl or two of this delicious skillet mac!

Taco Macaroni and Cheese

2. Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Cheesy and rich, this old-fashioned Alfredo Sauce recipe is a classic that is always requested. I love Olive Garden but this Alfredo sauce is way better. I am hooked! From start to finish, dinner is done in 20 minutes. You can keep it as traditional pasta and alfredo, or you can dress it up with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and of course, chicken breast!

Alfredo Recipe

3. Easy Hamburger Casserole Recipe (4 Ingredients)

Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes for the family? This simple casserole dish is perfect for busy weeknights, picky eaters, and hungry husbands! It’s not only delicious, but it’s also budget-friendly. You can cook this in the oven alongside fresh veggies or a salad for a complete dinner. Feel free to substitute the beef with ground turkey. The tomato sauce makes this recipe so versatile!

Easy Hamburger Casserole Recipe (4 Ingredients) - Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes for the family? This simple casserole dish is perfect for busy weeknights, picky eaters and hungry husbands! It's not only delicious, it's also budget friendly.

4. Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna

The BEST Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna! Tender chicken is layered with broccoli, lasagna noodles, and a rich and creamy cheese sauce! The chicken breast can be substituted with rotisserie chicken or chicken thighs. The leftovers are perfect for another dinner night or lunch! Easy weeknight dinners like these are so great for the whole family (especially busy families on different schedules!).

The BEST Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna! Tender chicken is layered with broccoli, lasagna noodles, and a rich and creamy cheese sauce!

5. Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a spicy and rich cream sauce is a quick and easy dinner recipe with just the right amount of kick! The prep time for the spices and noodles can’t be beaten! I’d like to have this for dinner tonight!

Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a spicy and rich cream sauce is a quick and easy dinner recipe with just the right amount of kick! 

6. Texas Toast Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes aren’t just for sandwiches! Hit up the grocery store for some Texas Toast to fix a family favorite that comes together in a breeze! With easy-to-find ingredients that you may already have on hand, Texas Toast Sloppy Joes are a no-fuss meal that everyone will love. This is a sheet pan dinner with a sloppy joe twist!

Texas Toast Sloppy Joes

7. World’s Best Lasagna Recipe Ever 

The ultimate recipe for classic Italian comfort food with layers of noodles, meat sauce, and cheese. Sunday dinner is extra special when you make this traditional pasta dish. Feel free to swap out the protein of traditional lasagna with sausage or ground turkey.

World's Best Lasagna Recipe Ever - The ultimate recipe for classic Italian comfort food with layers of noodles, meat sauce, and cheese. Sunday dinner is extra special when you make this traditional pasta dish. 

8. Easy Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

Easy dinner ideas wouldn’t be complete with some tortillas and favorite Mexican flavors! With just four ingredients and under an hour from start to finish, these cheesy, beefy, saucy enchiladas are a cinch to make, always a hit! Thin slices of steak are another great option. Serve with black beans and maybe some seasoned corn on the cob.

Easy Cheesy Beef Enchiladas - With just four ingredients and under an hour from start to finish, these cheesy, beefy, saucy enchiladas are a cinch to make, always a hit! Easy to adapt too. 

9. Cheesy Taco Pasta

Cheesy Taco Pasta is easy to make and tastes like the Hamburger Helper you used to eat as a kid except better. Much better. Any kind of noodles can be used, including egg noodles. Use whatever pasta you’ve got on hand.

Cheesy Taco Pasta is easy to make and tastes like the Hamburger Helper you used to eat as a kid except better. Much better.

10. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Whether you are looking for a delicious holiday side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a quick and easy weeknight crowd-pleaser, this comforting casserole recipe is for you!

Whether you are looking for a delicious holiday side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a quick and easy weeknight crowd-pleaser, this comforting casserole recipe is for you!

11. Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole is an easy and delicious meal! This dinner recipe is made in one baking dish and is done just in 30 minutes making clean-up a breeze. Perfect for busy weeknights! Our family LOVES Mexican food and that’s why this dinner is one of our favorites.

This Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole is an easy and delicious meal! This dinner recipe is made in one baking dish and is done just in 30 minutes making clean up a breeze. Perfect for busy week nights! Our family LOVES Mexican food and that’s why this dinner is one of our favorites. 

12. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is a classic dish turned into a simple no-fuss bake. This recipe is quick and easy, yet ultra comforting, so perfect for busy nights!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is a classic dish turned into a no-fuss bake. It’s loaded with creamy goodness, chicken, ham, and Swiss in a creamy dijon sauce. It is low carb recipe if that's your thing!

13. French Onion Pork Chops

French Onion Pork Chops are easily made with pork chops smothered in an addicting creamy sauce and topped with everyone’s favorite crispy fried onions! Whether a holiday dish or a comforting weeknight meal, you and your family will love this. Add it to your menu now!

French Onion Pork Chops

14. The Best Easy Taco Pizza Recipe

My Taco Pizza recipe is one that you will want to put in your regular dinner rotation! It’s easy (made in about 30 minutes), it’s filling, and best of all, it’s mouthwateringly delicious. Some might even say addicting.

This 30 minute dinner turns fluffy crescent dough turned into pizza crust. The special cheese sauce in this Taco Pizza makes it OVER THE TOP!

15. Meatball Sub Casserole

Baked Spaghetti & Meatballs is a perfect dish to cook up for a hungry family! It’s hearty, delicious, easy to make, and budget-friendly.

Layers of meatballs, creamy mozzarella cheese, and a special cheese sauce all on top of garlic toast. This casserole a perfect weeknight dinner.

16. Creamy Garlic Chicken

This recipe for creamy garlic chicken tastes delicious, and it’s so simple to make! Tender and juicy chicken covered in a mouthwatering, creamy, cheesy topping. This quick and easy recipe is sure to be a family favorite!

This recipe from Smart School House for creamy garlic chicken tastes AMAZING and it’s so simple to make! Tender and juicy chicken covered in a mouthwatering, creamy, cheesy topping. This quick and easy dinner uses simple ingredients, and the whole family will love it! Try making this amazing recipe from Smart School House today! #chicken #garlic #recipes #dinner #easy

17. Sour Cream Enchilada Casserole

The easiest Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole packed with chicken, cheese, and an amazing sour cream sauce. A delicious, creamy, enchilada casserole. It comes together in no time and it tastes divine. You are going to love it…

Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole - These are the same ingredients used to make chicken enchiladas, but easier than rolling up a bunch of tortillas. Great for lazy people like me!

18. Taco Lasagna 

We love Mexican food at our house. Tacos, burritos, taquitos, nachos … we eat those things on a regular basis! This dinner recipe is made in one baking dish and is done just in 20 minutes making clean-up a breeze. If you’re ever in the mood for some comfort food, this Taco Lasagna recipe is for YOU!

Taco Lasagna is made with soft flour tortillas, seasoned taco ground beef, and pico de gallo. But the cheese is really what makes this Taco Lasagna OVER THE TOP!

19. Chili Dog Casserole

Our 4-Ingredient Chili Dog Casserole is an easy, cheesy, meaty dish that is ready in 35 minutes. There are two all-American classics that we cannot live without – chili cheese dogs and casseroles! This exciting twist on a traditional Chili dog is a dinner recipe you just have to try!

This Cheesy Chili Dog Casserole is pure comfort food. Hot dogs, chili, and cheddar cheese combined to make an easy and delicious meal. #hotdog #casserolerecipes

20. Baked Stuffed Potato Recipe

Our irresistible Taco Stuffed Potatoes are a staple recipe to always have in your back pocket! They are nutritious sweet potatoes OR everyone’s favorite russet potatoes overflowing with seasoned meat and classic taco toppings!

Taco Stuffed Potatoes are nutritious sweet potatoes OR everyone's favorite russet potatoes overflowing with seasoned meat and classic taco toppings!

21. Italian Chicken Potato and Green Bean Bake

Sometimes it is hard to get picky eaters to enjoy green beans!  Consider this easy dish. My family loves it! Quick and easy! It’s my go-to when I’m feeling lazy 🙂 I know this would also be delicious with salmon and a bit of lemon!

Italian Chicken Potato and Green Bean Bake - My family loves it! Quick and easy! It's my go to when I'm feeling lazy :)

22. Air Fryer Stuffed Shells

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake them in the oven.

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells. If you don’t have an air fryer, I’ll explain how to bake them in the oven. 

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