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.
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.
23. Pork Chops With Italian Salsa Verde
A complete meal (pork chops! broccoli rabe! sweet potatoes!) all cooked on the same sheet pan. Katie Workman, this is genius.
24. Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos
Let’s make Taco Sunday a thing. Behold Monique Volz’s kid-friendly turkey tacos that are incredibly easy to assemble.
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.
26. Crispy Potato Tacos
27. Garlic Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Impress the whole crew with Gaby Dalkin’s garlic peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin (it looks complicated but is actually pretty easy).
28. Pasta With Tomato Sugo, Sausage And Smoked Cheese
Elevate your standard red sauce with Aida Mollenkamp’s take on fusilli alla salsiccia with sausage and smoked cheese.
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.
30. Baked Salmon With CrÈme FraÎche
Heidi Larsen brings us a tried-and-true salmon dinner that’s as beloved by adults as it is kids. Plus, you’ll pack in those omega-3s.
31. 30-minute Pork Scallopini With Lemons And Capers
There’s a reason that pork scallopini is on the menu at almost every neighborhood Italian restaurant. Try it at home with this recipe from Heidi Larsen.
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.
34. Black Pepper And Lime Baked Wild Salmon With Snap Pea Slaw And Crispy Potatoes
The last time you tried to give your kid fish, he threw it on the floor. Put Jodi Moreno’s salmon on a hamburger bun, pile it high with slaw and it’ll be gone in ten minutes.
35. Noodles With Peanut Sauce
Tell the kiddos it’s takeout and they’ll be really excited for these saucy noodles from Katie Workman.
36. Honey Mustard Sheet-pan Chicken With Brussels Sprouts
Maria Lichty knows how to get kids to eat their brussels sprouts: Serve them with honey-mustard chicken. (Or at least, you know, it’s worth a try.)
37. Baked Mac And Cheese
Have you ever met a kid who didn’t love mac and cheese? (Or an adult, for that matter?) Take Maria Lichty’s advice and bake it with panko on top.
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.