20 Quick and Easy Sunday Dinner Ideas

20 Quick and Easy Sunday Dinner Ideas

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Normally, “Sunday Dinner” (yes, dinner with a capital “d”) means a fancy, sit-down affair with dishes you’ve spent all day cooking. You don’t need to scrap the “impressive” part, but we don’t believe in spending all day in the kitchen. So we rounded up 20 hearty, classic recipes that look impressive but sneakily take only a few minutes of your time.

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Easy One-Pan Ratatouille

While the traditional version is slow-cooked on the stove, this one is oven-roasted so it’s delightfully hands-off. 

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Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Let’s be honest: We don’t have time to stand over the kitchen counter layering pasta and homemade béchamel for hours. That’s why we love this easy version that has all the cheesy goodness you crave but gets loosely tossed together in a skillet.

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Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto

Stirring for 30 minutes? No, thanks. We’d much rather throw everything together in our favorite kitchen appliance and get the same creamy results.

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Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

It takes hours to get melt-in-your-mouth beef bourguignon…unless you make your trusty slow cooker do all the work. 

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Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

News flash: Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be tricky and time-consuming. This pan-fried cod with orange and Swiss chard goes from fridge to table in 30 minutes.

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One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

Instead of cooking everyone’s steak individually to order, toss them on a sheet tray and roast them all at the same time.

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30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

How do you shave 90 minutes of cooking time off of this delicious Provençal seafood stew? Easy: Cook it in one pot with a smaller selection of seafood.

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One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

We’ve figured out how to cook meatballs and pasta in the same damn pan. Bye, sink full of dishes.

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Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

Whipping up a whole roast chicken at home is chic, classic and impressive—the ultimate trifecta. The only problem? You have to babysit it for hours while it cooks in the oven. Instead, simply stick it in the Crock-Pot, walk away and go about your day.

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Cheater’s Skillet Paella

All you need is a pan, your oven and one hour to transport your family to Spain. Might we recommend popping open a bottle of red wine for the occasion?

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Chrissy Teigen’s Cheesy Chicken Milanese

Leave it to Teigen to reinvent the classic dish so it’s ready in under an hour—and it’s extra crispy and juicy.

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Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers

This flavorful pie starts with store-bought seeded flatbread, meaning you don’t have to wrangle dough (or scope out the frozen food aisle).

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Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

Bring the whole darn skillet to the dinner table and let everyone serve themselves. So much more fun than ordering steak out at a restaurant.

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15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Don’t worry, you can buy all of the ingredients at the regular supermarket—no trips to the international grocery store necessary.

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Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Love cooking, but hate doing dishes? Introducing your dream dinner: A complete meal that’s ready in 30 minutes, no pots or pans required.

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30-Minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff

We’ve streamlined the classic dish so that it’s ready to enjoy just 30 minutes after your craving strikes.

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Red Shakshuka

There’s just something about eating red sauce on Sundays. This recipe is easy to whip up with just a few ingredients from the pantry.

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One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Just toss the ingredients into a pot and boil them. (Is it OK if we make this every night of the week?)

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Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

Normally, you need Julia Child-level skills to pull off this classic French dish. But not today. But thanks to a few shortcuts, you can now drink the leftover white wine as you do some light lifting in the kitchen.

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40-Minute Saag Paneer

Skip the coconut-and-cashew-laden versions and opt for something more authentic—like this easy recipe.

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