Easy Weeknight Meals

POSTED August 6, 2019

When the end of summer nears, it feels like everyone’s schedule goes haywire. Between school events, family get-togethers and work commitments, it can be hard to get dinner on the table every night. That’s why we put together this outstanding list of 13 recipes that are perfect for busy nights. Each of these easy weeknight recipes come together quickly so you can get dinner on the table faster—and enjoy extra time to relax after your busy day.

Perfect Pasta Dinners

Fresh cheese ravioli gets a tasty makeover with roasted pepper bruschetta, shrimp, capers and crisp bacon. The result? A perfect meal for date nights, dinner parties, or a fast weeknight treat.

Make a deliciously creamy and rich cheese sauce in minutes with this easy weeknight recipe. We like to pair it with Fusilli col Buco, but any long-cut pasta will do!

This is a macaroni and cheese makeover you don’t want to miss. We start with whole wheat pasta, toss it in a homemade cheese sauce and add fresh veggies and spices for a good-for-you Greek twist. Add a side salad and dinner’s ready!

With a creamy, cheesy sauce and linguine cooked perfectly al dente, Fettuccine Alfredo is the ultimate comfort food. And the best part? It comes together quickly for those busy nights when dinner just can’t wait.

This fresh and healthy whole wheat pasta dish features zucchini and yellow squash, with basil and brown butter breadcrumbs for extra crunch and flavor. This dish also makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!

When classic chicken parmesan meets baked pasta, you get this easy-to-make, deliciously cheesy masterpiece. Full of melty mozzarella cheese and a simple, flavorful tomato sauce, this satisfying weeknight dinner recipe might just be a new family favorite!

This one-pot meal makes dinner and cleanup a breeze. Toss our tender mini gnocchi in a quick and easy homemade vodka sauce for a hearty, comforting dinner.

This recipe takes a beloved Italian classic and makes it easy enough to enjoy any night of the week. Imagine all the cheesy, tomato-y goodness of baked lasagna with the simplicity of stovetop preparation!

Quick and Easy Entreés

Our spicy Calabrian Chili Peppers give these easy chicken tacos the perfect amount of heat. Top with bruschetta, pepperoncini and shredded cheese for tangy tacos with Italian flair!

We turn a classic caprese salad into a delicious chicken dinner with this recipe. Simply sauté the chicken breasts, top them with pesto, tomato and mozzarella, and finish them off in the oven. Dinner’s ready in under 30 minutes.

Fast weeknight meals don’t have to skimp on flavor. This hearty pasta dinner features sweet sun-dried tomatoes and savory chicken in a simple dish that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Chicken Alfredo topped with sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl
A small cast iron bowl with Chicken Alfredo, Shell pasta, and Sun-dried tomatoes

This superstar pasta dish features fusilli, chicken and mushrooms in an irresistibly creamy, dreamy sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. Best of all, it comes together quickly for an easy weeknight meal that tastes like a celebratory dinner.

When your schedule gets busy, this is the perfect recipe to have on hand. Plus—thanks to lean turkey and plenty of beans and veggies—this dish is as healthy as it is easy to make. We call that a win-win!

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