Our 10 Most Popular Easy Weeknight Meals

updated May 29, 2019
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With weeknights being as busy as they are, dinner with an emphasis on “easy” is crucial. We have a slew of satisfying recipes that fit the bill, but these are the dinner essentials you love the most. (And we can’t blame you for it, because they’re some of our favorites too!) Keep these 10 recipes on hand and suddenly cooking dinner after a long day won’t seem so daunting after all.

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The best part about this Instant Pot recipe isn’t just how quickly it cooks, but that the leftovers make for a seriously good lunch.

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Loads of mushrooms, garlic, and Parmesan give this simple pasta meaty, umami flavor without any actual meat.

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Forget saving burgers for only when it’s nice enough outside to grill — this easy recipe shows you how to make extra-juicy burgers right on your stovetop.

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An inexpensive cut of beef, such as steak tips or flank, is a great choice for a weeknight dinner. Here it’s quickly marinated to ensure it’s flavorful.

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These stuffed chicken breasts look like they’d be too hard to pull together on a busy weeknight, but they come together much faster than you might think.

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This humble soup is just the thing to cook after a long day. Serve it with some crusty bread and it’s a feel-good dinner.

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Not only does simmering the orzo in milk make it creamy, but the pasta also releases some of its starch while it cooks to add an even richer note to this one-pot dish.

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This fast and fancy skillet chicken is just the kind of thing that deserves popping open a bottle of wine, even if it is only Monday.

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A can of black beans becomes one ridiculously fast dinner when you spice it up and stuff it into corn tortillas

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Forgo boiling store-bought potato gnocchi and you won’t be disappointed. Here they’re roasted on a sheet pan with a mix of colorful vegetables to become crispy on the outside and chewy and tender on the inside.