Almost-Too-Easy 30-Minute Meals

These speedy suppers, including burgers, pasta dinners, casseroles, and more, are all the proof you need to end your long-term relationship with the drive-through. Turn to any of these 30-minute meals on busy nights for a wholesome, satisfying, and family-friendly dinner.

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    Salmon with Tomatoes and Olives

    Seafood is a time-crunched cook’s best friend. Here, salmon fillets reach flaky perfection in just eight minutes. Sauteed tomatoes round out this nutritious gluten-free dinner recipe.

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    Pan Pasta with Sausage

    For maximum flavor, the pasta is cooked in the sausage drippings and chicken broth rather than water. The meat’s spices really shine in this skillet dinner when extra toasted fennel seeds are added to the mix.

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    Veggie Tostadas with Cauliflower Mash

    Multitask by steaming the cauliflower for the cheesy vegetable mash while you combine the asparagus, corn, and tomatoes in a separate pan to make this Mexican meal in less time than it takes for the ice to melt in your margarita.

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    Upside-Down Pizza Skillet Casserole

    Cook your casserole in a skillet rather than a traditional casserole dish so each ingredient is table-ready in a flash. This recipes uses toasted bread cubes for a quick “crust.”

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    Bucatini Corn-Banara

    This 30-minute pasta dinner tastes like Midwest summer on a plate. Bacon adds a rich, savory quality to the simple cream sauce.

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    Tortellini with Broccolini

    Add a package of refrigerated cheese tortellini to your grocery list. You’re going to want to make this 25-minute pasta dinner all tomato-season long once you see how easy it is to prepare!

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    Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Slaw Wraps

    The crunchy and slightly sweet pineapple-cabbage slaw elevates these grilled chicken wraps to dinner party territory. (Psst: The chicken breasts are the only aspect of this recipe that requires any cooking!)

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    Mediterranean Flat Iron Steaks

    If you prefer, you could easily grill the steaks on a charcoal or gas grill rather than employing your stove. Just keep a heatproof skillet handy to tenderize and caramelize the kale and tomatoes.

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    Peachy Chicken Pasta Salad

    Pasta salad can be a well-balanced, complete meal. Just add fruit for sweetness, chicken for protein, and nuts for crunch! If you’re in a big hurry, use leftover meat  from last night’s dinner, or swing by the supermarket for a rotisserie chicken.

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    Apple-Bacon Burger

    A little sweet, a little crunchy, a little salty. This sausage and beef burger has it all, except for a long prep time!

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    Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

    It's hard to believe, but this easy recipe calls for just six ingredients. Better yet, you probably have most of them in your kitchen right this minute.

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    Italian Sausage & Two-Bean Skillet

    Every ingredient in this 25-minute meal is finished in one large skillet to make cooking (and cleaning up after) this dinner recipe a no-sweat affair, even on the most busy or scorching-hot days!

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    Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Stir-Fry

    It's time to clean up okra's reputation. The green pods aren't always sticky—the hot skillet utilized for this shrimp and sausage stir-fry makes the texture better than you ever imagined. (Plus that high temperature means the whole meal cooks quickly.)

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    Chicken with Basil Sauce and Cucumber-Radish Salad

    Butterfly and pound chicken breasts to an even thickness so they saute to the perfect internal temp in just six minutes. The basil sauce and crunchy vegetable salad add a lot of complexity—but few extra calories or carbs.

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    Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers

    You're just 25 minutes from a rich, flavorful pasta dish. Roasted sweet peppers and fresh garlic flavor-charge the sauce, while white wine and a splash of whipping cream add elegance. 

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    Luau BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

    Foil for the win! We love it in this recipe for two reasons: It allows the chicken, veggies, and pineapple to get infused with flavor and steam to a perfect doneness in 15 minutes, and you don’t have to dirty a single pan during meal prep.

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    Bagel and Lox Rigatoni Salad

    Enjoy a twist on the New York deli classic with this unexpected pasta salad. With smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and real bagel pieces, it checks all the traditional flavor boxes.

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    White Bean-Turkey Chili with Corn Bread Dumplings

    Any leftover meat (turkey, chicken, steak) would work wonderfully in this speedy chili recipe. The secret ingredient? A jar of salsa to boost the stew's flavor base.

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    Grilled Meat Loaf Burgers

    Meat loaf in just minutes? Score! Just shape the meaty mixture into 3/4-inch patties so they grill in 18 minutes or less. Don't skip the peach preserves—the hint of sweetness they offer is tantalizing.

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    Pork and Pumpkin Noodle Bowl

    Noodle bowls are often deceptively simple to pull together. Here's a fast and fabulous case in point starring sage, pumpkin, and pork, with whole grain linguine to help boost the nutrients.

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    Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

    Going meatless a few nights a week is a smart way to try out new dishes (and cut some calories and your grocery costs). In this easy recipe, a fast saute in olive oil brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables, and chevre cheese makes each bite irresistibly creamy.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

    There's no such thing as too much bacon. Luckily, it cooks quickly, making it possible to enjoy as part of many 30-minute dinners. You'll love the way salty bacon adds savory contrast to the sweet-tart chutney in this simple salmon dinner.

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    Quick Mu Shu Pork

    Get your skillet screaming hot to toss together this sesame pork stir-fry in just 20 minutes. Try it with tortillas or leftover rice.

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    Creamy Spring Vegetables and Smoked Trout

    Had your fill of salmon? Try trout! It’s the quick-cooking feature of this spring vegetable saute. Feel free to trade in high-quality tuna if that’s the catch of the day at your market.

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    Bacon and Egg Pasta

    This easy recipe takes "breakfast for dinner" to a whole new level. Thick-sliced bacon and hard-cooked eggs combine with a creamy Asiago cheese sauce for a fast and family-friendly pasta dish.

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    Artichoke Flatbread

    By starting with whole wheat flatbreads (instead of a time-consuming crust), this colorful pizzalike entree can easily be baked up in less than 20 minutes.

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    Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

    Savory pancetta and creamy semi-soft cheese bring an air of sophistication and irresistible flavor to this easy chicken entree. The saltiness of the pancetta pairs perfectly with the sweet homemade date sauce.

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    Turkey Burgers with Peaches and Berries

    When you're on the hunt for a satisfying and quick dinner, you'll usually hit the jackpot when you choose a burger. Here, peaches and blueberries add a delightfully unexpected flavor angle.

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    Linguine with Sausage, Greens, and Egg Pan Sauce

    The egg yolks cook with the linguine, sausage, and spices to create a silky sauce for the pasta. Shaved Parmesan cheese melts just enough to add an irresistible finishing touch.

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    Southwestern Meatball Chili

    Chili doesn't always fit into the category of 30-minute meals, but this two-step, six-ingredient recipe is a terrific exception. Ripe cherry tomatoes add fresh flavor, and chili powder adds the just-right amount of spice.

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    Pasta Carbonara

    You want fast meals that are quick and healthy, too? Done and done! This fast, lightened-up version of classic carbonara calls for multigrain spaghetti, turkey bacon, and plenty of veggies for loads of nutrition without loads of calories.

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    Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

    Purchased barbecue sauce and a quick-cooking cut of beef make this an especially easy recipe to get to the table after "one of those days." Choose instant polenta for a speedy side.

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    Soba Noodle Bowl

    One large saucepan cooks the noodles, chicken, and veggies all at once for this comforting yet calorie-smart noodle bowl.

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