When you need a quick, easy and delicious meal that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes, keep this collection of recipes handy. You’ll find creative ways to make family-friendly meals with beef, chicken, seafood, turkey, pork and more. From pot pies to pastas and from hearty soups to stir-fry meals, these recipes will show you a variety of fuss-free ways to make savory time-saving meals that your family will gobble up! Perfect for busy weeknights, these quick meals will save you time and effort in the kitchen. Many are freezer-friendly so consider making a double batch. Win-win! From skillet to sheet pan and one-pot meals, you find tasty inspiration in these easy 30 minute recipes.
Layered lasagna is amazing, but so is this deconstructed lasagna soup with all the flavors you’ve come to love from this family favorite Italian-inspired meal. Beef, onions, garlic, pasta, marinara sauce, ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses all blend together to make an outrageously delicious one-pot soup, all in 30 minutes!
30 Minute One Pot Lasagna Soup by The Girl On Bloor
Forget your skillet and instead, cook all your fajita ingredients on a sheet pan. The most work you’ll do is slicing up your steak, peppers and onions. Arrange them on a sheet pan and slide them in the oven for 15 minutes, which is just enough time to make the awesome chimichurri sauce!
Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas by Joyful Healthy Eats
Make this from scratch or let your leftovers get in on the action. It’s hard to resist a meal that combines frozen peas and carrots, cooked rice, sliced green onions, cooked chicken chunks and scrambled eggs, all seasoned with soy sauce. Super tasty! Bonus: this is also a great meal prep recipe.
Chicken Fried Rice by Natasha’s Kitchen
This zesty seafood meal is ready in about 20 minutes thanks to frozen shrimp, jarred pesto and packaged gnocchi. You do have to chop the asparagus and maybe grate the cheese, but other than that, add these tasty ingredients to a skillet and sauté. Boil the gnocchi for a few minutes before adding to the skillet. Stir in the pesto, plate it up and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
20 Minute Pesto Shrimp with Gnocchi And Asparagus by Mom On Timeout
Save time and effort with this cheesy pasta and chicken one pot meal. Brown chicken chunks before removing. Add onions, garlic, marinara sauce and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add chicken and pasta. Cook until tender. Add cheese and serve this awesome meal.
One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta by The Chunky Chef
Skip the fast food drive-thru and make this copycat version of a Big Mac at home, in sloppy joe form. To browned ground beef and onions you’ll add chopped pickles and the homemade secret sauce. Serve on buns. You can even make it a double-decker just like Mickey D’s. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and so good!
Big Mac Sloppy Joes by Dinner Then Dessert
Use leftover or rotisserie chicken to get this meal on the table in under 30 minutes. The chicken is flavored with taco seasoning, canned green chilis, and salsa verde before being wrapped in tortillas and set in a baking dish. Top with a salsa verde and sour cream mixture and bake. Garnish with shredded cheese before serving.
Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas by Eating On A Dime
Salmon fillets and veggies on a sheet pan make a super meal for a busy weeknight. Salmon gets drizzle with a quick homemade Teriyaki sauce and set on a sheet pan along with carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts. Bake for about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with a garnish of sliced green onions. Yum!
Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon by Easy Peazy Meals
Ground beef gets combined with a creamy tomato and cheese sauce before being tossed with cooked pasta shells. You’re family will love this simple pasta meal that’s rich with flavor and cheese. It’s kid-approved and adults will gobble it up, too!
Creamy Beef and Shells by Princess Pinky Girl
Grab your skillet and sauté chopped chicken, onion and bell peppers. Add in canned black beans and canned corn plus seasonings. Serve this easy meal with your favorite toppings like sour cream, avocado, lime wedges and cilantro.
Quick and Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet by Zesty Olive
This recipe is so quick and delicious that you’ll want to make it on the regular! Just pan sear your floured chops before sautéing shallots, garlic and mushrooms. Add in chicken stock before adding the chops back in. Make a little skillet slurry for a sauce. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes. So good!
30 Minute Pork Chops With Creamy Mushroom Sauce by Flavor The Moments
There’s only one pot to wash with this tasty pesto and pasta meal that will be on your table in under 30 minutes. It’s full of penne pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic and homemade pesto. The pasta will cook along with the other ingredients in the vegetable broth. Awesome!
One Pot Pesto Pasta by The Sunday Glutton
Repurpose your leftover ham with this hearty 15 minute soup that’s perfect for fall and winter. To a Dutch oven, add ham, cooked or canned navy beans, onion, garlic, carrots and celery along with chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat until tender. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!
Ham And Bean Soup by Cafe Delites
Skillet chili mac comes together in 30 minutes using your choice of ground beef, turkey or even pork. Elbow macaroni, canned tomatoes and sauce along with green chiles, beef broth and milk combine to make this a family favorite meal. Stir in shredded cheese before serving.
Easy One Pot Chili Mac by Mae Bells
Spice up your next meal with this easy shrimp dish that you’ll sauté with cajun seasoning. You’ll make a creamy garlic and cheese sauce for your cooked pasta and add the cooked shrimp back in. It’s all ready in under 30 minutes and will be met with rave reviews!
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta by Simple Joy
Refrigerated biscuits line a muffin tin and are filled with a simple mixture of defrosted frozen peas and carrots, cream of chicken soup and chopped leftover chicken. Bake these mini pot pies and serve with a side salad. Kids love them and adults do, too!
Mini Chicken Pot Pies by One Little Project
It’s ramen to the rescue with this meal of thin sliced pork, stir-fry veggies and a host of awesome seasonings like hoisin sauce, sriracha, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Stir fry this yummy goodness and add the ramen at the end. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Pork Ramen Stir Fry by Running To The Kitchen
You’re just 30 minutes away from a zesty and cheesy Mexican-inspired soup that’s perfect for a quick hearty meal. Made with chicken, beef or turkey, you’ll add in seasonings, a variety of canned beans, corn, salsa and cheese. It’s also freezer-friendly so leftovers are a bonus!
Cheesy Taco Soup by Carlsbad Cravings
You can’t go wrong with spaghetti! Check out the version of pasta used in this quick pasta meal. While that’s cooking, brown your beef and add your favorite jarred sauce. Serve this quick and tasty meal with a side salad and garlic toast. Easy, delish and perfect for a busy weeknight!
Easy 15 Minute Spaghetti by Averie Cooks
This comfort food in a skillet recipe combines ground beef with veggies, gravy and canned biscuits on top for a quick shortcut. Bake this assembled deliciousness for about 20 minutes. It’s kid-approved so serve it with confidence!
Easy Skillet Beef Pot Pie by Julie’s Eats And Treats
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