For some, Sunday Dinner (yes, with a capital D) means a fancy, sit-down affair with dishes you’ve spent all day cooking. In our case, what’s meant to be a relaxing family meal turns into a rush to finish chores while shoveling crackers into our mouth. Let’s change that once and for all. You don’t need to scrap the “impressive” part, but we don’t believe in spending all day in the kitchen either. These 38 Sunday dinner ideas are hearty, classic, quick and easy, and they feel like a feast (but sneakily take only a few minutes of your time). Oh, and the best part? Everyone at the table will actually eat them—a major plus.
38 Quick and Easy Sunday Dinner Ideas
2. Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna With Corn And Cherry Tomatoes
Let’s be honest: We don’t have time to stand over the kitchen counter layering pasta and homemade béchamel for hours. That’s why we love this easy version that has all the cheesy goodness you crave but gets loosely tossed together in a skillet.
3. Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto
Stirring for 30 minutes? No, thanks. We’d much rather throw everything together in our favorite kitchen appliance and get the same creamy results.
9. Slow-cooker Whole Chicken With Potatoes
Whipping up a whole roast chicken at home is chic, classic and impressive—the ultimate trifecta. The only problem? You have to babysit it for hours while it cooks in the oven. Instead, simply stick it in the Crock-Pot, walk away and go about your day.
21. Chicken Thighs With Pancetta And Green Olives
Our Sunday nights need more chicken and bacon. (You can make this with olives on the side if your kids won’t touch them.)
22. Meyer Lemon And Pine Nut Fettuccine
Pasta al limone meets fettuccine alfredo? Yeah, we’re into it.
25. Sheet-pan Chicken Shawarma With Lemon-tahini Drizzle
If you’ve got picky eaters in the house, cook the veggies separately and let them top their chicken with whatever they’d like.
29. Spaghetti In Poblano Salsa
Your kid’s favorite meal is spaghetti, so you’ve eaten it approximately 235 times this month. Maybe she’ll at least try this green sauce made from poblano peppers to shake things up.
32. Grilled Tuscan Steak
Prep the marinade for Jess Reilly’s grilled Tuscan steak on Friday; by Sunday, you’ll be able to grill up dinner in just a few minutes.
33. Curried Potatoes, Lentils And Peas
This easy Indian-inspired curry combines hearty potatoes, creamy lentils and peas for a delicious meal you can scoop up with naan.
38. One-pan Chicken And White Beans With Tomatoes, Garlic And Herbs
Liz Harris claims that her one-pan chicken and white bean meal will solve all your dinner problems. We’re not going to debate it.