Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (December 5 ­– 11)

Doesn’t the increasingly chilly weather just make you want to curl up under a cozy blanket by the fireplace, mug of hot cocoa in hand? Well, we’re all for it—but you should probably have dinner before skipping to dessert. Here, seven dinners to cook this week that deliver the same dose of wintry comfort. Go ahead, eat on the couch. (And in case you’re still interested in that hot cocoa…)

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Shopping List

1 cucumber
1 head green cabbage
2 pints cherry tomatoes
2 large yellow onions
8 garlic cloves
1 pound kale
3 lemons
2 large leeks
1 sweet onion
2 bunches thyme
1 bunch basil
1 bunch rosemary
1 bunch tarragon
1 bunch sage
1 bunch oregano
1 bunch parsley

1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillet
6 thin-sliced pork cutlets
3 eggs
3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 pound ground beef

6 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
5 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces mozzarella di bufala
One 8-ounce block feta cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
5 ounces crème fraiche
8 ounces whole milk

9 ounces cooked sushi rice
3 ounces dry orzo or short pasta
1 pound farfalle pasta
Cooked basmati rice or couscous, for serving
6 ounces polenta

Canned and Packaged Goods
1 pound pizza dough
Sesame seeds, for serving
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
6 ounces panko breadcrumbs
4 ounces chicken stock
4 ounces dry white wine
20 ounces marinara sauce

Pantry Ingredients: all-purpose flour, extra-virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar, unseasoned rice vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, crushed red pepper flakes, flaky sea salt, dried oregano

Monday: Cacio e Pepe Flatbread

Meet our new favorite riff on the easiest pasta dish of all time. Your kids will be psyched that it’s pizza night and you’ll be psyched that dinner only requires 30 minutes and seven ingredients. Win-win.

Tuesday: Teriyaki Salmon Bowls

Tender, flaky salmon + fluffy sushi rice + crunchy veggies + sticky, homemade teriyaki sauce = the most impressive weeknight meal you’ll ever prepare. Make the sauce ahead to save time in a pinch.

Wednesday: Baked Feta Soup

Now that TikTok’s feta pasta trend has slowed down, you can finally find block feta cheese in the grocery store again. That calls for this crowd-pleasing tomato soup (and a whole lot of crusty bread for dipping).

Thursday: Herb-Crusted Pork Cutlets

We’re betting you have nearly all the ingredients you need to make this protein-packed main, which pairs just as seamlessly with a green salad as it does with French fries. Don’t skimp on the fresh herbs or Parm in the breading.

Friday: Cheesy Kale Farfalle Pasta

You know how your kid refuses to eat anything but buttered noodles? This six-ingredient pasta just might tempt them to branch out. (We’ll count it as a win, even if they eat around the shredded kale.)

Saturday: Ina Garten’s Creamy Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Thyme

Forget glazed ham—this dish is worthy of being the centerpiece of your holiday table, yet it’s still easy enough to serve on any old Saturday night. Plate the chicken thighs with basmati rice or couscous.

Sunday: Polenta and Meatballs

Tell spaghetti to sit this one out in favor of buttery, creamy polenta. The rest stays true to the O.G.: cheesy, herb-kissed beef meatballs, jarred marinara and all the grated Parm you desire.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...