These Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for a busy family. These dinner recipes only take a few ingredients and are so fast to cook up!

Making delicious and healthy dinners doesn’t have to take a lot of time or ingredients. Anytime I can cook in the kitchen and have a meal prepared in just minutes, I’m 100% down to make that happen.

Each easy dinner recipe preps quickly and has 10 ingredients or less. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Healthy, Cheap, and Fast Dinner Recipes

No matter if you’re looking for a vegetarian meal, a beef recipe, or a simple chicken dish as well, this list of 29 simple and fast dinners has you covered.

You’ll love them so much, you just might be able to make your menu for the week and meal plan easily!

When you know you have a busy night coming up, make certain to plan out dinner with these quick recipes. Don’t forget to check out our 35+ Easy Cake Mix Recipes  because these are a great way to have a dessert fast, too!

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Taco Soup Recipe
Taco Soup Recipe! This quick and easy Taco Soup Recipe can be made in the slow cooker or right on the stovetop. Ready in no time, this taco soup is filled with ground beef, beans, corn and taco seasoning. It’s a quick dinner that everyone loves!
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Beef Meximelt Recipe (Taco Bell Copycat)
This Beef Meximelt Recipe (inspired by Taco Bell) is super easy, unbelievably delicious and so much better than the drive-thru. Make a copycat version of your fast food favorite at home for an awesome lunch or dinner.
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easy shredded beef sandwiches
Mississippi Roast Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Mississippi roast is the perfect Crockpot recipe for a special family meal or quick weeknight dinner. Add your favorite toasted bread to turn this classic comfort food into your new favorite sandwich recipe.
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5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake
5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake is a cheesy and decadent gluten-free casserole recipe that will let you get your pizza fix without calling for delivery!
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plate of slow cooker chicken tacos
Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos are one of the best easy chicken meals around!  With just 4-ingredients tossed into the slow cooker, you can't go wrong! 
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Broccoli Cheese Chicken And Rice
Use a rotisserie chicken and assemble this casserole in advance then cover and chill and it’s ready to bake when you’re ready to eat.
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Quick Weeknight Meals that are Family-Friendly

If your family is like my family, you’re always on the go! These recipes prove that you can feed everyone and still make it where you need to be.

Sheet Pan Nachos
Sheet pan nachos are going to be your new favorite dinner! No one can resist loaded nachos piled high with seasoned ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and toppings.
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Beef Enchiladas
Making restaurant-style beef enchiladas at home is easier than you think! Tortillas are filled with hearty seasoned ground beef, then smothered in zesty enchilada sauce and melty cheese.
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Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
This Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad is absolutely packed with flavor! It’s a satisfying dinner with a variety of colors and textures, and the homemade honey mustard dressing is irresistible!
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Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles might not sound like the most natural pairing, but once you try it, you’ll be a believer! Here’s how to make it at home.
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Pizza Sliders
Pizza sliders are the ultimate appetizer for pizza lovers! Easy, cheesy, and made with sweet Hawaiian rolls, you’ll make this recipe again and again!
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Instant Pot Penne Alfredo
This Instant Pot Penne Alfredo is creamy, rich, and a family-friendly dinner you can get on the table in a matter of minutes! It doesn’t get much easier (or more delicious!) than this!
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Taco Casserole
This taco casserole recipe is an easy one-dish dinner that everyone in the family will love! Just add your favorite toppings!
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More Easy Dinner Ideas for Kids and Families

When it comes to fast and simple dinners, you can’t go wrong with any of these! They’re the perfect way to get a yummy meal on the table fast!

Smoked Sausage & Rice Recipe! For a weeknight meal solution, this Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Dinner Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes!
Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Meal
Smoked Sausage & Rice Recipe! For a weeknight meal solution, this Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Dinner Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes!
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One Pot Taco Casserole
Taco Casserole is a quick and easy weeknight meal made in one pot! A delicious dinner recipe that doesn’t leave a sink full of dishes.
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Lasagna French Bread
Just a few ingredients turn ordinary loaves of French bread into this wonderful lasagna/pizza bread hybrid. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese and so toasty on top.
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Chicken Enchilada Bowls
Ready in just 20 minutes, these Chicken Enchilada Bowls are full of the healthiest ingredients – chicken, beans, rice, quinoa, avocado and more!  
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BAKED PENNE PASTA WITH MEAT SAUCE
Packed with ground beef, Italian sausage, veggies, bits of velvety cream cheese, and shredded cheese, it’s the ultimate comfort food!
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This Vegetable Soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food recipe and for good reason! It’s quick, easy and full of flavor!  The recipe was passed down from my grandmother and is a family favorite!
Beef Vegetable Soup
This Beef Vegetable Soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food recipe and for good reason! It’s quick, easy and full of flavor!  The recipe was passed down from my grandmother and is a family favorite!
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Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Crock Pot Pulled Pork! A delicious pork loin is slow roasted in the crockpot and topped with a delicious homemade barbecue sauce for an easy meal idea!
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BEEF STROGANOFF WITH GROUND BEEF AND MUSHROOMS
Easy ground beef stroganoff made from scratch. Only a few inexpensive ingredients like ground beef, mushrooms and noodles and you will have a perfect family dinner ready.
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1 skillet baked chicken thighs
Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs & Potatoes
This Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs and Potatoes Recipe is easy to prepare and comes together quickly. Simply add the chicken thighs, potatoes, lemon, and garlic into the skillet and bake!
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Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
A deliciously fun twist on two dinnertime favorites, these Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes are on the table in about 15 minutes! You can even make them entirely ahead for quick dinners and meal prep throughout the week.
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For under $10 and 30 minutes, this One-Skillet Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Pasta will quickly become a favorite in your home!
One-Skillet Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
This One-Skillet Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Pasta uses just a few ingredients that I bet you have in your pantry already. You won't have to pick up much at the store and I'm betting will cost you under $10 to make this dish – it was for me!
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Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
Instant Pot Lasagna Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Made with ground beef or turkey and three different types of cheese, this mouthwatering soup is a crowd pleaser!
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Ham and Swiss Sliders
Baked ham and cheese sliders are the perfect summertime recipe! Ready in just 25 minutes, these sliders are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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Check out these easy cheap dinner ideas!

You didn’t think I was done, did you? The best part about finding easy recipes for dinner is that you can use this list to meal plan for the entire year!

15-MINUTE SESAME NOODLES
These sesame noodles can be ready to serve in 15 minutes, yes that’s not a typo! Quick as ever, versatile and flavorful, this quick noodle dish is a huge hit even with kids!
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One Pan Smoked Sausage & Pepper Hoagies
These One-Pan Smoked Sausage and Pepper Hoagies are such a quick and easy meal idea; they’ll quickly become a family favorite for game day or any other day of the week!
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This Easy White Chicken Chili is the perfect slow cooker weeknight meal! Creamy with plenty of toppings, this soup recipe is the perfect way to end the day!
Easy White Chicken Chili
This Easy White Chicken Chili is the perfect slow cooker weeknight meal! Creamy with plenty of toppings, this soup recipe is the perfect way to end the day!
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PANTRY CHICKEN TACO SOUP
Chicken Taco Soup is a quick and easy recipe that is made with canned pantry ingredients.
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If you're looking for a quick and easy meal, try this amazing Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken for a meal the whole family will love!
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
If you're looking for a quick and easy meal, try this amazing Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken for a meal the whole family will love!
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5 Soup Pasta
This 5 Soup Pasta is an easy dinner for your family that uses 5 cans of soup in the mouthwatering sauce. It tastes a little like Hamburger Helper.
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Fast Supper Recipes for the Family

Some of my favorite recipes are listed below – and many are actually family favorites, too!

Zucchini Boats
This recipe for zucchini boards proves that eating low carb can be delicious! Simple ingredients loaded with flavor!
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Zucchini Casserole
This Zucchini Casserole is an easy, side dish that goes with any meal. Zucchini and tomatoes topped with cheese and a crunchy panko/parmesan breadcrumb topping makes for the perfect accompaniment to any meal!
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Chicken Salad Sandwich
This classic comfort recipe comes from my grandmother and includes chopped chicken, celery, boiled eggs, and pickle relish mixed in a mayonnaise/miracle whip "dressing" – Old Fashioned Chicken Salad!
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easy shredded beef sandwiches
Mississippi Roast Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Mississippi roast is the perfect Crockpot recipe for a special family meal or quick weeknight dinner. Add your favorite toasted bread to turn this classic comfort food into your new favorite sandwich recipe.
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grilled BBQ chicken
Grilled BBQ Chicken
This easy grilled BBQ chicken recipe is an easy way to grill chicken. This barbecue chicken recipe results in tasty and juicy chicken every time! Use your favorite bbq sauce and let that the flavor of the grill come through!
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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is the easiest 4-ingredient slow cooker chicken meal you can make that comes together with just 5 minutes prep!
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easy pepperoni rolls
Pepperoni Rolls
Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Homemade Pepperoni Rolls are made with refrigerated pizza dough, mozzarella cheese sticks and pepperoni for an easy dinner or snack!
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walking taco
Walking Tacos
Walking Tacos are an easy dinner recipe that takes minimal effort for a fun on-the-go meal, camping food, or taco bar party. Pile small chip bags high with all of your favorite taco toppings – meat, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa!
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square veggie pizza on a cutting board
Veggie Pizza
Veggie Pizza is an easy appetizer for potlucks, tailgate parties, showers, and picnics – using crescent rolls and your favorite veggies!
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Baked Chicken Parmesan
The Best Baked Chicken Parmesan has a  crispy coating made with Italian breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese, smothered in a store-bought marinara sauce and sliced mozzarella cheese for an easy dinner any night of the week!
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Ever More Quick Meal Ideas for Supper!

Why spend all day in the kitchen when you can whip up these easy main dishes or side dish options? These easy recipes prove that simplicity is delicious!

Egg Salad Recipe
The Easiest Egg Salad Recipe is a classic, easy favorite lunch!  Hard-boiled eggs mixed with mayo, mustard, dill, and a little salt and pepper – this Egg Salad makes the best egg salad sandwich, too!
 
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Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole – the easiest cheesy potato dish made with leftover ham that will have you going back for seconds!
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Ham and Swiss Sliders
Baked ham and cheese sliders are the perfect summertime recipe! Ready in just 25 minutes, these sliders are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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For a show-stopping Easter Meal, try this Crock Pot Dijon Maple & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham!
Crock Pot Ham with Maple & Brown Sugar Glaze
This Crock Pot Ham with Maple & Brown Sugar Glaze is quick, easy and will make for a show-stopping Easter Meal!
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White Chicken Enchiladas
Ready in under an hour, these White Chicken Enchiladas are perfect for weeknight dinners, special occasions, and even meal prep.
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baked ham recipe with glaze
Baked Ham with Maple Dijon Glaze
Baked Ham with Maple Dijon Glaze is an easy spiral baked ham recipe glazed with brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey for a delicious dish any time of year!
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air fryer popcorn chicken on a cutting board
Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken
Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, this easy Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken will quickly become a family favorite!
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lemon garlic pasta
Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Chicken Pasta is a delicious comfort dish that never disappoints!  Parmesan crusted chicken on top of amazing lemon garlic fettuccini pasta ready in 30 minutes!
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Smoked Sausage & Rice Recipe! For a weeknight meal solution, this Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Dinner Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes!
Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Meal
Smoked Sausage & Rice Recipe! For a weeknight meal solution, this Smoked Sausage & Rice One Skillet Dinner Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes!
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noodles with chicken on a white plate
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles is the perfect winter slow cooker comfort food. Filled with tender shredded chicken and creamy noodles, this easy recipe will be a new regular on your weekly dinner rotation.
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top shot of spaghetti in red meat sauce on white plate
Instant Pot Spaghetti
Just as good as your favorite classic recipe, this easy Instant Pot spaghetti cooks in under 20 minutes and makes for delicious leftovers.
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Image of easy slow cooker ground beef chili with beans in a white bowl, topped with sour cream and fresh scallions. A silver spoon is dipped in the bowl.
Crock Pot Chili Recipe
In just 4 steps and as little as 4-6 hours, you'll have a Crock Pot Chili the whole family can't help but gather around. Ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and the best chili seasoning – Comfort food at its best!
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old fashioned goulash with cheddar cheese on top served in a white bowl
Old Fashioned Goulash
Old Fashioned Goulash is the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s easy to make, hearty, and full of comfort food goodness. With ground beef, elbow macaroni, cheese, and a tomato-y sauce, goulash is one of those rare recipes that everyone in the family will love!
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doritos casserole in a white rectangle ceramic dish
Dorito Casserole
Dorito Casserole features layers of crushed Doritos chips, ground beef, and topped with plenty of cheese. Serve this taco casserole any day of the week.
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Chicken Spaghetti
This chicken spaghetti recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight. Chicken Spaghetti is an all-time favorite comfort dish the whole family will love.
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Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are filled with ground beef, gooey cheese, peppers, and onion. Easy Philly Cheesesteak sliders are perfect for a game day snack.
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Chicken and Rice Casserole
This family-friendly chicken and rice recipe will be a go-to dinner favorite. Our chicken and rice casserole is easy to put together any day of the week. 
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These are some of my favorite easy Sunday dinner ideas, too! I love knowing that the recipe is simple but it still tastes great!

Don’t forget to add in a few sweets! Why not end a delicious meal with a fast dessert, too?

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
If you like the combination of sweet and salty, you're going to love this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert!
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Fruit Tart
A fruit tart is a classic dessert found in fancy French bakeries, but it’s easy to make at home!
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No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake is rich, creamy, and full of chocolate flavor!
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Caramel Apple Nachos
Caramel Apple Nachos
These Caramel Apple Nachos Are A Quick & Easy Treat For Any Time!  Slice Green Apples,  Drizzle In Caramel  And Top With Chocolate Chips And Toffee Bits – It Tastes Just Like A Caramel Apple, But Much Easier to Make In NO Time!
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Shark Bait Ice Cream Floats
Shark Bait Ice Cream Floats
For a fun Shark Week kids drink idea, try this Shark Bait Ice Cream Float made with vanilla ice cream, blue kool-aid, and gummy sharks and life preservers
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Have a recipe to share? Leave it in the comments below and I’ll add it to this growing list of easy dinner ideas!

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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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