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Take the time to make something extra impressive this weekend!
When it comes to everyday weeknight dinners, we’re all about simplicity and ease. We love all our kitchen gadgets (air fryers! instant pots! slow cookers!) that help meals come together quickly so we can get dinner on the table fast. But on the weekends when we’ve got more time, we like to make more elaborate meals to share with our families and loved ones. Get inspiration from our list of 43 Sunday dinner ideas that are sure to impress.
When we think of an impressive main dish, the first thing that comes to mind is roast meat. We’ve got tons of options for you here, like an entire roast chicken, beef brisket, a rack of lamb, roast beef, a glazed spiral ham, and a pork loin roast. Don’t be intimidated, we’ve laid out all the tips and tricks you’ll need to succeed. Trust us, once you try one of these recipes, you’re going to want to make them every week! Not serving a crowd? Try one of our delicious meat dishes more fit for a smaller meal, like our coq au vin or beef bourguignon. They’re famous recipes for a reason (and super romantic, if that’s your thing).
When we’re gearing up for the week ahead, we really crave pasta (like carb-loading for the workweek rat race maybe?). We’ve included a number of our favorite protein-filled pasta dishes here, like beef stroganoff, lemon chicken asparagus pasta, and miso bolognese. If you’ve never attempted something like chicken pot pie or beef wellington because it seemed too involved, no time like this weekend!
Speaking of time, we know that making adjustments to your diet is WAY easier when you control what goes into your food. If weekdays are for meat-heavy takeout lunches and delivery dinners, on the weekends try your hand at a vegetarian or vegan dish, like our vegetarian moussaka or vegan meatloaf. You might even find a new favorite among these recipes.
For more dinner inspiration, check out our favorite weeknight dinners too.
Roast beef might sound fancy and complicated to make, but it’s actually quite simple! With a good piece of meat and some simple herbs, you can have roast beef that’s way more tender and flavorful than the store-bought kind.
Get the Perfect Roast Beef recipe.
Truly comfort food at it’s finest, chicken pot pie represents the addictive marriage of a flaky, buttery crust with diced chicken, onions, carrots, and peas in a creamy sauce. While it’s a dish that you can easily find pre-made in almost any grocery freezer aisle, we strongly believe that making your own is worth it!
Get the Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
This is certainly not a quick weeknight dinner, BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s hard. Here’s the basic rundown: Sauté bacon, sear beef in bacon fat (yum!), add veggies and stir to coat with flour, add wine and broth, transfer to oven, bake until beef is super tender, make Julia Child proud.
Get the Beef Bourguignon recipe.
Woody herbs like thyme and rosemary infuse a lot of fragrant flavor into otherwise bland pork. Mustard is always classic (we love grainy Dijon-style!) and pairs nicely with brown sugar. Also, butter. Always butter. Switch it up with an herby sauce, a sweet and savory fig chutney, or apricots for another classic combo.
Get the Pork Loin Roast recipe.
This hearty Japanese dinner comes complete with crispy sesame-panko-crusted tofu, tender vegetables, and a rich and flavorful curry sauce.
Get the Tofu Katsu Curry recipe.
To add another layer of complexity to the finished product, brush the seared tenderloin with mustard. Feel free to use your favorite type—we love a variety with some heat like dijon or spicy brown mustard.
Get the Beef Wellington recipe.
Making ramen from scratch is pretty darn elaborate. Our shoyu ramen recipe calls for making four important components: dashi and tare for the soup base, and nitamago and chashu as showstopping toppings. We promise, the effort is SO worth it.
Get the Homemade Shoyu Ramen recipe.
If you’ve never made risotto because you didn’t want to stand there stirring forever, then this recipe is for you. It packs all the satisfying flavor of a slow-stirred version into a fraction of the hands-on time because you bake the risotto rather than cooking it on the stove top.
Get the Baked Risotto with Lemon, Peas & Parmesan recipe.
Think you have to go to a fancy restaurant to eat a really great steak? Nah. You can cook a restaurant-quality steak in 15 minutes (sometimes even less) at home. The key: making sure your skillet is super hot, and your steak super dry and well-seasoned before the searing starts.
Get the Cast-Iron Skillet Steak recipe.
If working with lamb isn’t something you do often, it can seem intimidating. But trust us, it’s really simple. We’ve got a few tips and tricks here to help you achieve this holiday showstopper.
Get the Rack of Lamb recipe.
If you love chicken fried steak, you gotta give chicken fried chicken a try. It’s thinner than skin-on, bone-in fried chicken, which means the ratio of breading to meat is higher. In other words, it’s crispy AF.
Get the Chicken-Fried Chicken recipe.
You might immediately think of brisket and immediately think of smoking and needing hours and hours. This preparation is much easier and quicker but it does not sacrifice flavor or tenderness!
Get the Best Beef Brisket recipe.
When it’s cold out, a steaming hot pot pie filled with creamy, flavorful gravy, sweet and tender veggies, and topped with a shatteringly flaky crust is EVERYTHING. Here, mushrooms replace meat and are every bit as satisfying as their meaty counterparts.
Get the Vegan Mushroom Pot Pie recipe.
Intimidated by a whole chicken? Don’t be! It’s surprisingly easy to make, and there’s nothing better than roast chicken leftovers. Great on salads, in sandwiches, and in tacos.
Get the Classic Roast Chicken recipe.
Hamburger steak is similar to Salisbury steak in that both are covered in an onion and mushroom gravy. What separates this version is a more simply-flavored patty mixture and the omission of tomato-based ingredients like tomato paste and ketchup, resulting in an unadulterated, beefier bite.
Get the Hamburger Steaks recipe.
Coq Au Vin, or rooster with wine, is a classic French dish that isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Chicken is braised in a silky wine sauce and finished off with butter for the most perfect sauce. Use a nice red wine here and even better if it’s from Burgundy!
Get the Classic Coq Au Vin recipe.
This savory-sweet salmon never disappoints. Serve alongside some brown or cauliflower rice and roast vegetables for the perfect meal.
Get the Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon recipe.
This hearty “meat” loaf is made mostly out of chickpeas and baby bella mushrooms. We’re in love! Serve it with a side of vegan mashed potatoes and green beans for the most comforting meal.
Get the Vegan Meatloaf recipe.
When you’re looking for something comforting and carb-y, nothing fits the bill like a good carbonara. Not only is it chock full of a creamy sauce and speckled with crispy bacon, but it is a dish that’s easy to cook and you may often find that you have many of the ingredients in your kitchen already.
Get the Chicken Carbonara recipe.
Though people will typically cook or prepare each individual item that will be placed on their own bowl of fluffy white rice, you can eliminate half that work by using a sheet tray. For this recipe we used mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, and marinated beef, but you could sub in more or less anything you want!
Get the Sheet Pan Bibimbap recipe.
Meaty oyster mushrooms stand in for steak in our indulgent take on this Southern classic. Buttermilk is a must for fried chicken, so we made our own with almond milk and vinegar.
Get the Chicken-Fried Mushrooms & Gravy recipe.
Three tips for this mac & cheese: 1. Make sure your pasta is super al dente. 2. Layer it like a lasagna! We put an entire layer of pure cheese in between two layers of (already cheesy) macaroni. 3. Whisking eggs and milk into a custard and pouring it over the mac & cheese will make it extra creamy, saucy, and decadent.
Get the Southern Baked Mac & Cheese recipe.
We love cooking salmon in the oven as one big fillet. Let everyone go in with a fork and get their own portions – community style. This salmon is covered in plenty of garlic and Parmesan for a tried and true favorite and the cook time couldn’t be sweeter.
Get the Garlic Parmesan Salmon recipe.
Gumbo is a true melting pot dish. It’s a top notch comfort stew centered around a flavorful roux and the Holy Trinity of onions, celery and bell peppers.
Get the Seafood Gumbo recipe.
The keys to success for this ham? Keep it moist while it’s baking, and slather it in a tangy-sweet glaze. Making your own glaze is super easy, and so much more delicious than a store-bought packet
Get the Best-Ever Glazed Spiral Ham recipe.
Nicknamed “candy chicken,” Korean fried chicken is known for its addictively crunchy exterior and its thick sweet-and-spicy sauce. When made right, these cornstarch-battered, sauce-glazed wings get so crispy that even the bones become crunchy enough to eat (if you’re adventurous enough 😈).
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Instead of rolling all of the enchiladas this casserole untraditionally speeds up the process by layering everything together in the pan. Skip the store-bought and make your own homemade enchilada sauce. You can adjust the heat up or down according to your preference and the flavor is 10x better.
Get the Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe.
When everything cooks together everyone wins. We pan sear the chicken, and then let it finish cooking alongside the gnocchi and mushrooms. The addition of mozzarella and Parmesan make it extra creamy.
Get the One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi recipe.
The salty goodness of crisped pork belly transfers over to the leaner white meat. Toasting our panko in that same pan leads to an even more flavorful bread-crumb topping, complete with a slightly spicy, Italian-seasoned everything bagel seasoning addition.
Get the Chicken Parmesan Pasta recipe.
Many stroganoff recipes call for tougher cuts of meats, which need to be simmered for a long time over low heat to tenderize them. In this version, we call for sirloin instead, which allows for a shorter cooking time. For other variations, try our keto stroganoff, which is made with ground beef, or our chicken stroganoff.
Get the Beef Stroganoff recipe.
43 Best Sunday Dinner Ideas – Easy Sunday Dinner Recipes – Delish
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