19 Fancy Dinners That Secretly Take 30 Minutes or Less

The problem: You want to cook a delicious dinner (that’s seasonal, gorgeous and trendy, darn it), but you don’t want to spend tons of precious time slaving over a stove. The solution: Any one of these meals, which look like they’re straight out of your favorite foodie Instagram account…but are actually ready in 30 minutes or less.

30 One-Pot, 30-Minute Dinner Recipes for Lazy Nights

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Linguine With Bacon, Peaches And Gorgonzola

Our favorite party trick? Pairing salty with sweet.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

Psst, it starts with flatbread.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Make-ahead Aloo Gobi

Yes, you can whip up restaurant-quality Indian food.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30-minute One-pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

Ina, is that you?

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Easy Skillet Linguine With Trumpet Mushroom ‘scallops’

Pretty darn neat.

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Weeknight Society

Sage-barley Risotto With Butternut Squash

This quick-cooking grain packs 18 whole grams of protein per serving.

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Helen Cathcart/Tuscany

Zucchini & Tomato Ragù

Your Nonna would be proud.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30-minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff

Straight out of the French countryside.

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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Leave room for seconds.

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JerneJ Kitchen

Lamb Skewers With Mint Sauce

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Pickles N Honey

30-minute Cucumber Noodle Pad Thai

Boring spinach salad, be gone.

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Simple Vegan Blog

Black Bean Burgers

The most elegant sandwiches we’ve ever encountered.

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Gonna Want Seconds

Butter Chicken

No marinating required.

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Evolving Table

Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Gluten-free and glorious.

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Sugar and Soul

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

We wish we could lick the page.

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Healthy Nibbles and Bits

30-minute Shrimp And Egg Fried Rice

So good we could almost eat the leftovers cold.

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The View From Great Island

Whitefish With Cherry Salsa

The most brilliant way to put fresh fruit to work.

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Serotonin Fix

Black Pepper And Capsicums Stir-fry

Cool if we make this every night of the week?

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The Modern Proper

Smokey Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salad

Fancy presentation, zero cleanup. Win-win.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?