9 Best Easy Main Dish Recipes

Creamy Tomato Pasta

The Spruce

Dinner crunch time can be chaos; too many times we just want to give up and get fast food or order pizza or Chinese. If you are on a first-name basis with a pizza delivery person at your house, try these ten easy recipes that I love.

With just a little bit of work, you can develop your own list of recipes that you can make without even thinking. If your family loves pasta, for instance, stock up on dried pasta and bottled pasta sauce that you like. Try bottled or refrigerated cheese, pesto, and alfredo sauces for a change of pace. If you change one of these recipes or invent your own, be sure to write down the changes so you can reproduce your masterpiece at a later date. Have fun!

  • 01 of 09

    Grilled Cheese Bacon Avocado Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    This fabulous recipe is like grilled cheese to the tenth power. The combination of melty cheese, crisp bacon, and creamy avocado just cannot be topped.

  • 02 of 09

    Pesto Meatballs With Orzo

    Pesto Orzo

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    Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta. You do have to cook the pasta for this recipe, but then just combine everything in a casserole dish and bake until bubbly and delicious.

  • 03 of 09

    Swiss Eggs

    Serving of Sausage Breakfast Casserole
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    This baked egg dish is super easy. Chop some fresh tomatoes and mix with some garlic and fresh or dried basil and top the hot eggs with a cool salad.

  • 04 of 09

    Chicken Divan Casserole

    Chicken Divan


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    Just seven ingredients combine to make this wonderful recipe that's a meal in one dish. All you need to add is a green salad and dinner is on the table in minutes.

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  • 05 of 09

    Pesto Meatball Risotto

    Pesto Risotto

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    Rice, frozen fully cooked meatballs, lots of chicken broth, and pesto combine to make a wonderful twist on the classic risotto that is hearty and tasty.

  • 06 of 09

    Spaghetti Carbonara


    I am never without the ingredients for this recipe. This is a staple that is ready in minutes when I am just too tired to cook. Just a few ingredients combine to make a filling dinner quick.

  • 07 of 09

    Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Chicken salad sandwich


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    A sandwich can be a very satisfying dinner, especially when it's as delicious as this one! I love the combination of textures and flavors in this easy recipe.

  • 08 of 09

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    The Spruce

    The surprise ingredient in this wonderful recipe is cream cheese! It adds a tangy flavors and super smooth texture to spaghetti.

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  • 09 of 09

    Salmon Burgers Recipes

    Salmon burger


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    And finally, Salmon Burgers are just a few minute away. Keep canned salmon in the pantry and frozen English muffins in the freezer and you can get this recipe ready in a jiffy. Pair it with coleslaw or a green salad for a great dinner.