36 Favorite Weeknight Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

By Alexandra Caspero on November 28, 2023

These recipes are ideal for hectic weeknights. Whether you prefer pasta dishes or stir-fries, these flavorful and effortless-to-prepare meals will allow you to unwind and relish your evenings without sacrificing taste.

Sesame Noodles

Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles! Can be served hot or cold. Enjoy as a side dish, or add in additional veggies or cooked protein for a simple dinner.

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Pasta Checca with Burrata

Pasta Checca With Burrata! This Recipe Is Ready In Less Than 20 Minutes. Quick, No-Cook Sauce Tossed With Hot Angelhair Pasta And Topped With Creamy Burrata. Vegetarian. | Www.delishknowledge.com

Pasta Checca with Burrata! This recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. Quick, no-cook sauce tossed with hot angel hair pasta and topped with creamy burrata. 

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Easy Drunken Noodles

Vegan Drunken Noodles

Inspired by the Thai favorite, Pad Kee Mao, this easy drunken noodle recipe is made with rice noodles, veggies, tofu and a spicy sauce. Ready in 30 minutes!

Make it: Easy Drunken Noodles

Mediterranean Pasta

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Mediterranean Pasta with Artichokes, Capers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes! Ready in less than 30 minutes, this vegan pasta recipe is a must-save for date nights and busy weeknights.

It’s light, incredibly flavorful, and satisfying.

Grab the recipe: Mediterranean Pasta

Chicken Curry

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Coconut Curry Chicken with green beans and peppers. Covered in a delicious curry coconut sauce and made in under 30 minutes. 

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Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup

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If you love Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana soup, then you’ll love this version. A simple recipe ready in 30 minutes made with spinach, sausage and potatoes in a light cream broth.

Get the Recipe: Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup

20 Minute Red Pepper Pasta

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This hearty dish with roasted red pepper pasta sauce is the perfect vegan comfort food! Not only do you get to enjoy a big bowl of pasta, but it is covered in an amazing, flavorful sauce. Dinner in 20 minutes? YES, please! 

Make it: Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Simple Weeknight Zucchini Pasta

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Looking for a fast-cooking meal? Try this summer zucchini pasta sauce. Rigatoni with garden-fresh tomatoes, zucchini and basil.

Get the recipe: Simple Weeknight Zucchini Pasta

Oven Roasted Fajitas

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Oven Roasted Fajitas! These fajitas are such a simple meal. Throw everything in the oven and dinner is ready in just 30 minutes. Customize them however you like ’em. 

Get the Recipe: Oven Roasted Fajitas

Sesame Garlic Stir Fry Noodles

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Grab the chopsticks! Thick and chewy udon noodles in a garlic ginger sauce with spinach. Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Stir Fry Noodles

Quick and Easy Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili

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If you want to enjoy a hearty, meatless chili that is ready in under 30 minutes, try this flavorful, filling, and delicious quinoa sweet potato chili. This is a quick and easy combination that you can make for lunch or dinner even on busy weekdays. Recipe here.

10-Minute Black Bean Tacos

10 Minute Black Bean Tacos

If you are looking to serve healthy tacos for dinner, take a look at this recipe for black bean tacos! In just 10 minutes, you can have a healthy, yet satisfying meal ready to serve with a punch of flavor and protein. This black bean taco recipe will knock your socks off!

Make it: 10 Minute Black Bean Tacos

Vegetable Korma (in 30 minutes)

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This 30-mins vegetable korma recipe is the perfect way to have a delicious dinner, without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen. So put on your apron and get ready to whip up this easy korma sauce and load it with chickpeas, carrots, green peas, potatoes, green beans, and mushrooms. Everyone will be asking for seconds! Get the recipe here.

Linguine alle Vongole

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This recipe for Linguine alle Vongole, aka pasta with clam sauce, is an easy and delicious classic Italian seafood dinner that uses mostly pantry ingredients and only takes 30 minutes to make.

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7 Ingredient Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta


Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta! This 7 ingredient dinner is ready in just 20 minutes, perfect for busy nights! 

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Air Fryer Black Bean Taquitos

Black Bean Taquitos

4-ingredient black bean taquitos made in the air fryer. Crispy low-fat taquitos made with just a handful of ingredients. 

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Black Bean Taquitos

Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff

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This Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff is a creamy, savory, luxurious dinner inspired by delicious Eastern European cuisine and it’s ready to eat in just half an hour! You simply can’t beat this easy stroganoff recipe for a one-skillet, thirty-minute dinner when you’re ready for a satisfying, comforting meal that doesn’t involve slaving in the kitchen all afternoon.

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15 Minute Pad Thai

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Did someone call for pad thai noodles? It’s ready in less time than it takes to call up take-out or rummage around in the pantry trying to decide what to make!

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Vegan Pad Thai

Chickpea Pasta with Sausage

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This easy recipe for Chick Pea Pasta with Sausage + Broccoli Rabe is a healthy and satisfying dinner that can be on the table in 20 minutes! 

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Easy, 20 Minute Pasta

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Easy, 20-Minute Pasta! You are going to love this healthy, easy spinach pasta! With a trick to creating glossy, restaurant-style pasta, this is a must-have for quick dinners. 

Make it: Easy Pasta Recipe

One Skillet Dinner with Potatoes and Sausage

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Crispy seasoned purple potatoes, sausage and peppers. A family-friendly dinner that doesn’t require much effort or clean-up. 

Get the recipe: One Pot Skillet Dinner with Sausage

Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

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If you love buffalo-flavor recipes, then you’re going to want to try this high-protein and high-fiber recipe. Ready in less than 20 minutes, a must if you are looking to eat healthy while still enjoying buffalo-flavored food!

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

Instant Pot Burrito Bowls

Vegan Instant Pot Burrito Bowls

Use your Instant Pot to make this healthy burrito bowl recipe! These bowls are perfect for busy weeknights. Super flavorful Mexican rice with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes and more!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Burrito Bowls

Sheet Pan Stir Fry

Vegan Sheet Pan Stir Fry With Tofu And Vegetables

For this quick and easy dinner, dump everything onto a sheet pan, toss with homemade stir-fry sauce and bake. That’s it! Add in cooked grains as desired and eat.

Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Stir Fry with Vegetables

Stir Fry Noodles

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These Stir Fry Noodles are incredibly easy to make, packed with flavor, and the perfect recipe for busy weeknights! It features perfectly stir-fried veggies, tasty tofu, and delicious noodles coated in a simple, flavorful homemade stir-fry sauce! Recipe here.

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

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A quick egg roll recipe is great for making a side dish but pork egg roll in a bowl is a complete meal by itself. You won’t believe how quick and easy this is.

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Miso Mushroom Ramen Soup

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If you’re looking for cozy, healthy dinner ideas, look no further than this simple gluten free vegan ramen soup. Garlic, ginger, miso, soy sauce, and chillies are just some of the tasty ingredients in this miso ramen recipe. Recipe here.

Air Fryer Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken

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This air fryer bruschetta stuffed chicken breasts recipe infuses chicken with the best Italian flavours. Chicken, tomatoes and provolone cheese pair up beautifully in this easy chicken recipe. Whip up this easy bruschetta chicken bake for dinner and you won’t be disappointed.

White Bean Mushroom Soup

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This White Bean Mushroom Soup is super easy to make, comforting, and satisfying. Made with fresh vegetables and pantry staples, this is an easy soup packed with plant-based protein and lots of flavors.

Thai Glass Noodles

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A delicious, quick, and easy-to-make Thai glass noodle stir fry (Pad Woon Sen) recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less.

Creamy Tomato Orzo

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This Tomato Risotto is an incredibly simple recipe but is still packed with flavor in each bite to give you a dinner meal that’s sure to become a family favorite! It features perfectly cooked risotto with a beautiful, creamy texture and the fresh summer flavors of cherry tomatoes. What’s best is that it can be made in just 30 minutes from scratch! 

Cedar Planked Wild Salmon

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This gorgeous late-summer recipe for Cedar Planked Wild Salmon with Tomato Peach Salsa makes for a simple and flavorful grilled dinner.

Easy Udon Noodle Soup with Miso

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A quick and easy udon noodle soup recipe made with bok choy and a simple miso broth. Ready from start to finish in 15 minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry

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Weeknight shortcuts are the best! Try this Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry using frozen vegetables for a quick one-pot wonder dinner the whole family will love. 

30 Minute Pesto, Kale and Bean Soup

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This 30 Minute Pesto Chicken, Kale + White Bean Soup is the perfect cozy recipe to whip up on a weeknight when you want something healthy and easy. Get the recipe here.

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

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This Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry is a quick, easy weeknight dinner your family will love.  Making it in a sheet pan makes it a hands-off, no stir, stir fry!

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Chef, and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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