Fast Supper Recipes That'll Be Ready in 45 Minutes or Less

Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce
Photo: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

When you have free time on the weekends, it can be fun to try challenging or time-consuming recipes. We've got these 7-hour lamb shanks on our to-make list, as well as these Slow-Cooker Carne Asada Tacos. When we have the time, we'll let our slow cookers run all day to develop big flavor in humble proteins like chicken.

On weeknights, though, there is not a moment to spare. Enter the Southern Living Test Kitchen. With these speedy supper recipes, you can get a wholesome meal on the table without sacrificing a second of spare time. These are the best recipes for an easy dinner, whether you're in the mood for a simple salad, hearty pasta, or new twist on a burger. With one-dish meals like Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables, Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice, Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore, and Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon, even cleanup is a breeze with these fast weeknight dinners. These handpicked weeknight ideas will be on the table between 10 and 45 minutes. Dig in, y'all!

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Photographer: Greg DuPree; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

With the help of your multi-cooker, chili doesn't have to take all day to make.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls

Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole with Dinner Rolls

This recipe turns the classic supper sandwich into a delicious one-dish casserole you can serve right out of the skillet.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken

Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken

Savory and sweet flavors come together on one sheet pan for a flavor-packed dinner in just 45 minutes.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Chicken-Bell Pepper Tacos

Shrimp-Tomatillo Tacos, Black Bean-Corn Tacos, and Chicken-Bell Pepper Tacos
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Chicken-Bell Pepper Tacos

Just 20 minutes stand between you and a delicious taco night at home.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Beefy Nacho Casserole

We recommend using a chunky salsa that's not too watery for this casserole recipe.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Instant Pot Chili Mac

Instant Pot Chili Mac
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Instant Pot Chili Mac

Chili meets mac and cheese in this 30-minute dinner recipe for a filling meal that both kids and adults will love.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

Sheet Pan Fajitas
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Sheet Pan Fajitas

Transform basic ingredients like chicken breasts, onion, bell peppers, and spices into dinner in just 20 minutes using one pan.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

This recipe calls for egg noodles, but in a pinch you can use whatever type of pasta you already have on hand in your kitchen.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Baked Ziti With Meatballs

Baked Ziti and Meatballs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Ziti With Meatballs

Store-bought sauce and frozen meatballs combine with fresh spinach, mushrooms, and orange juice for a warm meal you can get on the table even on the busiest weeknights.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus

Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus

This recipe will help you serve up protein, whole grains, and vegetables all in one dish.

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Supreme Pizza

Supreme Pizza
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Supreme Pizza

Instead of reaching for the phone, follow this recipe for a supremely delicious homemade pizza.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

This recipe offers the flavor of the classic game day dishes like wings or dip in a form that's filling enough to be dinner.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Your multi-cooker will help you get warm, comforting chicken noodle soup on the table in less than 45 minutes.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Shrimp Alfredo

Shrimp Alfredo Recipe Image
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Shrimp Alfredo

Just eight ingredients and 45 minutes are needed to create this simple yet elegant pasta dinner.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Beef Tamale Pie

Beef Tamale Pie
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Beef Tamale Pie

This cheesy beef casserole that's topped with a layer of cornbread will become a staple on your weeknight dinner menu.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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One-Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo

One-Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: One-Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Every component of this pasta dish, the sauce, chicken, and even the noodles, comes together in just one pot.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers

Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
photographer: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers

If you don't have time to fire up the grill, you can still serve up great burgers with the help of your trusty cast-iron skillet.

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Stir fry is an easy way to serve a filling dinner that's packed with veggies and flavor, no matter how short on time you may be.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Chicken Scallopini

Chicken Scallopini
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis, Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Chicken Scallopini

This recipe is great served over linguine, spaghetti, or whatever noodles you have in your pantry.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken and Rice

One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken and Rice

This budget-friendly chicken thigh dinner comes together in one pan for easy cleanup.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Easy Taco Casserole

Easy Taco Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Easy Taco Casserole

We can turn anything into a dinner casserole and tacos are no exception.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

Steak night for the whole family is made easy with the help of your trusty sheet pan.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis, Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

While it may not be the exact recipe Mama used, this recipe for chicken and dumplings will allow you enjoy the classic meal in under 45 minutes.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Honey-Mustard Baked Salmon with Vegetables

Honey-Mustard Salmon with Vegetables
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Honey-Mustard Baked Salmon with Vegetables

Choose fish cuts that are similar in size so it will all cook evenly.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Turkey and Spinach Meatball Sandwiches

Turkey and Spinach Meatball Sandwiches
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Turkey and Spinach Meatball Sandwiches

Turkey meatballs will be your new favorite healthy swap in the kitchen, and the kids won't protest.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables with Rice

Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables with Rice
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables with Rice

Sheet pans work weeknight miracles, and this wholesome meal is proof.

Total Time: 25 minutes

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White Bean, Fennel, and Italian Sausage Soup with Parmesan Toasts

White Bean, Fennel, and Italian Sausage Soup with Parmesan Toasts
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: White Bean, Fennel, and Italian Sausage Soup with Parmesan Toast

Soups don't have to come from the slow cooker to have tons of flavor, and this one is filling, too.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes

This quick recipe is a less fatty version of the Southern classic, and isn't it pretty?

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles

Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles
Stephen DeVries

Recipe: Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles

This skillet dinner feels indulgent, but shrimp and fresh avocado lighten it up.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

You've had crab cakes, but have you tried homemade salmon cakes? They're easy, light, and taste amazing.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Crab-and-Bacon Linguine

Crab-and-Bacon Linguine
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Crab-and-Bacon Linguine

This pretty pasta is easier than it looks to make, but your secret is safe with us.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Pico de Gallo Pizzas

Pico de Gallo Pizzas
Stephen DeVries

Recipe: Pico de Gallo Pizzas

These crispy personal pizzas make serving a breeze, and they're so delicious.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice

Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice

No takeout this week, kids! You can make flavorful fried rice at home, and chopped ham makes it filling enough to stand as a main dish.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers

Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon, Peach and Basil Burgers

Amp up burger night with this Southern-style recipe that has sweet peaches, smoky and salty bacon, tangy goat cheese, fresh basil, and pickled jalapeños. We didn't even have to mention the peach chutney and caramelized onion, but here we are.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing

This gorgeous, colorful salad had us at "bacon dressing."

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls Recipe
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Burrito Bowls

Let each family member customize individual burrito bowls for the easiest weeknight dinner ever.

Total Time: 10 minutes

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Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup

Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup

Use up that fresh farmers' market zucchini and squash in this light, bright soup.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs

Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

Recipe: Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs

The Korean chile sauce we paired with these easy grilled kebabs adds a perfect balance of sweet and heat.

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone

Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone

This beautiful pasta dish is perfect for spring and summer. Serve as an easy meatless meal, buy ravioli with a meat and cheese filling, or top with grilled shrimp or chicken.

Total Time: 15 minutes

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Flank Steak Tostadas

Flank Steak Tostadas
Southern Living

Recipe: Flank Steak Tostadas

Transform taco night with this colorful tostada recipe. You might never go back to plain ole soft and hard shells!

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges

Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges

You're less than a sitcom away from this light, flavorful dinner that you'll make over and over again.

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken

Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken Recipe
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken

This healthy salad has everything you need for a wholesome, filling meal.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

This meal looks company worthy, but since it's on the table so fast, you can feel luxurious any night of the week.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce
Stephen DeVries

Recipe: Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce

This easy pan-fried fish pairs well with a fresh slaw, and our new tartar sauce recipe is amazing.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Turkey Quesadillas

Turkey Quesadillas
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Turkey Quesadillas

These lightened up quesadillas wouldn't be complete without guacamole.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

These light, bright chicken bowls are topped off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Ground Beef Recipes: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

If you want to make extras, these patties can be prepped and frozen for up to three months, so you'll have a nice dinner for the next busy weeknight.

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes

Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes

This easy, cheesy dinner will be a favorite among the kids.

Total Time: 28 minutes

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Creamy Salmon Fettuccini and Spring Vegetables

Creamy Salmon Fettuccini and Spring Vegetables
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Creamy Salmon Fettuccini and Spring Vegetables

Welcome spring with a fresh and elegant pasta supper that our Test Kitchen says would pair beautifully with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio. Cheers!

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce

Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce

With this recipe, our Test Kitchen says, "It's all in the sauce," so you might want to double up. Add a bit of spice by stirring 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon diced jalapeño chile in the pan along with the garlic.

Total Time: 15 Minutes

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce

Our Test Kitchen's goal with this delicious recipe was to put a healthier spin on the classic but sugary BBQ chicken sandwich, and they knocked it out of the park. The only thing this recipe is missing is a side of Grilled Sweet Potato Fries.

Total Time: 25 Minutes

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Southern Cobb Salad with Cornbread Croutons

Southern Cobb Salad with Cornbread Croutons
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Southern Cobb Salad with Cornbread Croutons

We Southern-fied the classic Cobb salad with homemade cornbread croutons and black-eyed peas. This flavorful dish is super-fast when you have leftover cornbread on hand already.

Total Time: 10 Minutes

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Fire-Roasted Tomato-and-Beef Ragù

Fire-Roasted Tomato-and-Beef Ragù
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Fire-Roasted Tomato-and-Beef Ragù

Not only is this flavorful pasta sauce quick enough to make on a weeknight, but the recipe includes easy freezing and reheating instructions for future busy nights, so go ahead and make a double batch.

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Grilled Shrimp and Squash Skewers With Herbed Couscous

Grilled Shrimp and Squash Skewers with Herbed Couscous
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Squash Skewers With Herbed Couscous

Summer nights call for the grill, and this light meal is a lovely way to celebrate the season. Plus, the entire meal can be prepped ahead of time.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Herb Sauce

Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Herb Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Herb Sauce

Steak dinner doesn't have to be a dressy affair—our Test Kitchen made it weeknight friendly with a more affordable cut of flank steak and your cast-iron skillet.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Shepherd's Pie with Scalloped Potatoes and Pesto

Shepherd’s Pie with Scalloped Potatoes and Pesto
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie with Scalloped Potatoes and Pesto

Instead of mashed potatoes, this pretty, springy version of shepherd's pie includes a scalloped potato topping and plenty of fresh veggies in the filling.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Chipotle-Maple Chicken Thighs with Candied Acorn Squash

Chipotle-Maple Chicken Thighs with Candied Acorn Squash
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Chipotle-Maple Chicken Thighs with Candied Acorn Squash

This dinner recipe is beautiful enough for a supper party but comes together right on one sheet pan.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

Shrimp always makes for a super-fast supper, and this recipe was made with busy cooks in mind: You can freeze it for up to six months for nights when you need something fresh and healthy on the fly.

Total Time: 20 Minutes

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Chicken-and-Quinoa Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing

Chicken-and-Quinoa Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Chicken-and-Quinoa Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing

Pepper jelly is our Test Kitchen's secret to salad dressing that your guests might just want to bottle up and take home. We used store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time on this recipe that's ideal for quick weekday lunches.

Total Time: 15 Minutes

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Ravioli Lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Ravioli Lasagna

This comforting, kid-friendly recipe makes use of a few of our favorite store-bought shortcuts: jarred marinara sauce and refrigerated ravioli.

Total Time: 30 Minutes

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Creamy Chicken Sausage-and-Kale Soup

Creamy Chicken Sausage-and-Kale Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Sausage-and-Kale Soup

Our Test Kitchen developed this fast soup recipe as a creamy, flavorful upgrade to classic chicken noodle soup. Hearty kale adds a vitamin boost for those feeling under the weather.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Sausage-Stuffed Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Squash
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Squash

Delicata squash will quickly become your favorite find from the fall farmers' market. If you have leftover cornbread, throw it in this yummy filling and dinner is ready in no time.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Casseroles get a bad reputation for being full of unhealthy ingredients. This skillet version of the classic chicken-broccoli combination proves that comfort food can still taste fresh.

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Seared Scallops with Lemon-Herb Rice

Seared Scallops with Lemon-Herb Rice
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Seared Scallops with Lemon-Herb Rice

Enjoy a five-star date night at home with this beautiful recipe that will make any night feel fancy. Don't skip patting the scallops dry—this is essential in getting a proper sear on them.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Instant Pot Baked Ziti

instant pot baked ziti
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Ziti

This easy, cheesy pasta dish comes together in your multi-cooker for a meal that the whole family will love. Grab a bag of salad and call it done!

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Kentucky Hot Brown-Stuffed Chicken

Kentucky Hot Brown-Stuffed Chicken
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Kentucky Hot Brown-Stuffed Chicken

We love a recipe mash-up, and this is our Test Kitchen's latest and greatest. Since these hasselback chicken breasts are full of flavor, our pros recommend simple sides like roasted potatoes and steamed green beans.

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Grilled Pork-and-Peach Salad With Honey-Mustard Dressing

Grilled Pork-and-Peach Salad with Honey-Mustard Dressing
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Grilled Pork-and-Peach Salad With Honey-Mustard Dressing

During summer in the South, you don't need much more than your grill and a little fresh produce to put together a delicious, gorgeous supper. The flavors in this salad are perfectly balanced.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Baked Sheet Pan Salmon With Potatoes and Tomatoes

Baked Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes and Tomatoes
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Baked Sheet Pan Salmon With Potatoes and Tomatoes

Who doesn't love a sheet pan dinner? This colorful meal is full of good-for-you ingredients. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Putting the salmon fillets in the center of the pan ensures they'll cook more evenly.

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Chicken-Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken-Parmesan Meatballs
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Chicken-Parmesan Meatballs

If you love chicken parm, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite weeknight meal. You can serve these meatballs countless ways, whether on a hoagie, over cooked spaghetti or zucchini noodles, or atop a slice of warm garlic bread.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Sheet Pan Jambalaya

Sheet Pan Jambalaya
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Sheet Pan Jambalaya

Jambalaya traditionalists, we know this is not the recipe for you. But if you want a dose of Creole cuisine in a flash on a weeknight, we've got your back. Even one five-star reviewer admitted: "We have to give this an anonymous 'love' in that we live in south Louisiana."

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Spaghetti with Meatless Ragù

Spaghetti with Meatless Ragù
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Spaghetti with Meatless Ragù

Meatless Monday will be the kids' favorite night at the supper table once you introduce this recipe. The best part? You won't waste a second chopping veggies. Our Test Kitchen's genius solution is pulsing them in the food processor instead.

Total Time: 30 Minutes

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Southern-Style Grilled Cobb Salad

Southern-Style Grilled Cobb Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Southern-Style Grilled Cobb Salad

This bright salad is bursting with the fresh flavors of a Southern summer. Grilled chicken adds protein to make it filling, but you could easily leave it off to go meatless or swap or grilled shrimp or steak to mix it up.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

One pot? Love it. Chicken fajita? Love it. Cheesy pasta? Love it. On the table in 35 minutes? Love it. There's nothing your family won't love about this easy dinner, y'all.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

These few-bite lettuce wraps manage to pack in so much flavor. If you're looking for an easy recipe to add to your meal prep routine, every element of these lettuce wraps can be prepared and chilled a day in advance.

Total Time: 20 Minutes

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Baked Caprese Chicken With Green Beans and Corn

Baked Caprese Chicken with Green Beans and Corn
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Baked Caprese Chicken With Green Beans and Corn

Hello, sheet pan beauty! This recipe was a hit with our Test Kitchen pros and readers. "Absolutely loved it, so many flavors dancing on your taste buds," wrote one five-star reviewer. "Definitely making again!" wrote another.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Cheesy Lasagna Soup

Cheesy Lasagna Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Cheesy Lasagna Soup

Pasta-loving families will slurp this cheesy, comforting soup right up. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Skip the no-boil pasta for this soup—it will overcook and turn mushy.

Total Time: 25 Minutes

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Chicken Lombardy

Chicken Lombardy
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Chicken Lombardy

What's better than dusting off a beloved vintage recipe at suppertime? This reader-submitted meal from 1982 is still gracing our dinner tables decades later, and for good reason.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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Shrimp Cake Sandwiches

Shrimp Cake Sandwiches
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Shrimp Cake Sandwiches

Skip burger night for something a little lighter—these shrimp cake sandwiches are an ideal easy beach meal to prepare on vacation.

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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Rigatoni With Grilled Veggies and Mozzarella

Rigatoni with Grilled Veggies and Mozzarella
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Rigatoni With Grilled Veggies and Mozzarella

This summery pasta makes fresh tomatoes and eggplant the star of the show. If you have leftovers, it's also delicious as a cold pasta salad to pack for lunch the next day.

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Fried Chicken Salad with Basil-Buttermilk Dressing

Fried Chicken Salad with Basil-Buttermilk Dressing
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Fried Chicken Salad with Basil-Buttermilk Dressing

That 10-minute time limit is no typo, y'all! Store-bought chicken tenders and mixed greens get dressed up with a quick, homemade dressing that you'll make again and again.

Total Time: 10 Minutes

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Chicken Thighs with Tomato-Caper Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Tomato-Caper Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Tomato-Caper Sauce

Instead of pasta or rice, this tomato sauce was created to be served over a Southern favorite, hot grits. Crispy chicken thighs are a nice changeup from the red meat that usually accompanies tomato sauce.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo

One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: One-Pan Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Orzo

An elegant dinner that comes together in 30 minutes and one pan? Sign us up! White wine, garlic, and lemon are classic flavors that pair beautifully with shrimp.

Total Time: 30 Minutes

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Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce

Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce

Our Test Kitchen's recommendation? Give your old pork chop recipe the night off and try this new, elevated take on the weeknight staple. "I will NEVER cook pork chops any other way," wrote one five-star reviewer. "Pork turned out amazing and the fragrance of the sauce had the whole household asking when they could dig in!" wrote another.

Total Time: 30 Minutes

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