Stuck in the same weeknight meal rotation? No stress! We’ve rounded up our favorite easy (and delicious) family dinner ideas for plenty of mealtime inspiration. From warming healthy soups and stews to satisfyingly easy pasta recipes, our best family style recipes require very little prep for super-satisfying meals, even on the busiest of weeknights.
What makes a family dinner, you ask? Well, that depends on every family and each kids' discerning palate. We rounded up our tastiest meals that tend to be crowd-favorites (spaghetti and meatballs!), easy to make for at least four people (tacos!) and classic options for even the pickiest eaters. Whether you’re on the hunt for family-friendly vegetarian recipes, healthy chicken dinners or easy recipes to feed a crowd, look no further.
First, some tips to get you started: Wash and dry any fresh produce on the weekend or the night before you plan to cook it to save time on hectic weeknights. Second, plan your meals ahead of time so you can shop for only what you need and avoid food waste. This doesn't have to be rigid, you can plan a few meals and count on enjoying leftovers on the days you're not cooking. Finally, clean as you go! Many of these recipes are simple sheet pan dinners or one-pot dishes, making cleanup a breeze. With these tips, plus our deliciously cheap and easy dinner recipes, you’ll have family dinner success in no time!
Shredded raw zucchini will warm through when tossed with pasta, cutting down on cooking time. Dinner will be ready in half an hour!
Get the Zucchini Linguine recipe.
This five ingredient meal is perfect for a crowd: Simply prepare a stuffed halved zucchini for each person, and voila!
Get the Chorizo-Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
Thanks to spicy green curry paste, this tasty broth only needs to simmer for five minutes to build a mouthwatering flavor.
Get the Green Curry Shrimp recipe.
The secret to this tangy, creamy dish? Use canned artichoke halves for fast, easy flavor!
Get the Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe.
Crusty bread is an ideal side for dipping into this protein-packed dish — no side of pasta or rice needed!
This vegan take uses meaty mushrooms and filling lentils to create a plant-based dish so tasty, even meat eaters won't be able to resist.
Get the Vegan Bolognese recipe.
Now THIS is what we call a crowd pleaser! This cheesy classic is prepared in the oven instead of deep fried, making it a perfect (and delicious) hands-off meal.
Get the Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan recipe.
In addition to being a healthy main, salmon doesn't take long to roast, creating an easy meal full of nutrients.
Juicy chicken legs add the right amount of richness to this veggie-heavy dinner.
Weeknights have never been easier: Make use of your instant pot for this filling, spicy curry.
Get the Instant Pot Beef Curry recipe.
Liven up staples like chicken and linguine with a creamy tangy sauce of cream cheese and lemon.
Get the Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta recipe.
The best way to get your kid excited about new flavors? Put them into a meatball!
Get the Gingery Pork Meatball Subs recipe.
With tender chicken, juicy sausage and a sweet-sour sauce, this flavorful favorite is enough to feed four.
Get the Chicken Scarpariello recipe.
This favorite uses just five ingredients but offers so much flavor.
Tender pasta, beans and hearty veggies make this cozy soup filling enough for the whole family.
Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe.
Taco Tuesday gets a lighter twist with our slightly spicy take on this crunchy family fave.
Get the Turkey Tacos recipe.
No fear, if you have dairy allergies or plant-based eaters in your family, you can still eat lasagna. Yum!
Get the Vegan Lasagna recipe.
The air fryer soup makes this 45-minute soup even easier.
Get the Air Fryer Squash Soup recipe.
Garam masala has a warming heat, so it's not too spicy for the little ones.
Inspired by Szechuan cuisine, this recipe features ramen noodles tossed in a creamy peanut sauce and topped with crispy, pan-fried pork.
Get the Crispy Pork Noodles recipe.
Got gluten-free eaters in your household? Don't let that stop pasta night!
These fresh, flavorful tacos are the ideal way to make any seafood-wary kids fall for fish.
Get the Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo recipe.
Everyone loves steak, especially when it's served simply and only takes 30 minutes to make.
This rich layered pasta is perfect for a crowd. Make a big batch over the weekend and keep in your freezer for the night when prepping dinner is the last thing you want to do.
Get the Vegetarian Lasagna recipe.
Chicken mole features succulent, dark-meat chicken simmered in a rich, savory sauce of onions, tomatoes, chili powder and a touch of chocolate (yes, really!).
Get the Chicken Mole recipe.