Easy dinner recipes and ideas

Make satisfying meals with 100+ quick and easy dinner recipe ideas. Get out of a midweek dinner rut with fresh ideas for pasta, rice, speedy chicken suppers, quick fish dishes and plenty of meat-free ideas. When dinner is needed fast, these are the recipes you need in your repertoire.

Favourites of ours include our ever-popular saucy romesco chicken (try it!). There’s oozing orzo carbonara, and a satisfying lamb meatball traybake too. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find something to enjoy.

These easy dinner recipes are good value. We love them because they’re purse-friendly and so simple to make. Think thrifty cuts like chicken thighs, meatballs and sausages, where a little meat goes a long way. And simple doesn’t need to mean boring. Our super orzo carbonara, miso-roast chicken thighs and quick spinach and egg pizzas are proof of that. Have a browse and select a few new meals to cook this week, you’ll be glad you changed things up on your menu, we promise.

If your party is small, check out our dinner ideas for two. Having guests over? Take a look at our easy dinner party mains too, for something a bit more special but still stress-free to serve up.

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Atul Kochhar’s lamb pepper fry

Lamb curry recipes

Atul Kochhar’s lamb pepper fry

This special Keralan dish is flavoured with curry leaves, cloves and plenty of black pepper. “From Kerala, this curry –...

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Michel Roux Jr’s pork steaks with summer vegetables

Quick and easy pork recipes

Michel Roux Jr’s pork steaks with summer vegetables

This summer-ready dish makes a hero of pork steaks, cooked simply and beautifully. “Rib-eye is an unusual cut of pork,...

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Anelli alla vodka (vodka spaghetti hoops)

Tomato pasta recipes

Anelli alla vodka (vodka spaghetti hoops)

This is spaghetti hoops – but for grown-ups! Anelli is the Italian word for pasta hoops, and this recipe is...

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Artichoke and crisp frittata

Frittata recipes

Artichoke and crisp frittata

Crisps in a frittata?! It really does work – and if you don’t believe us, believe legendary El Bulli chef...

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Pork chops with preserved-lemon butter beans

Pork chop recipes

Pork chops with preserved-lemon butter beans

Preserved lemon gives the classic combo of pork chops and beans a hit of tart, salty umami. Then, the simple...

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Braised chicken with kefir, orzo and dried limes

One-pot chicken recipes

Braised chicken with kefir, orzo and dried limes

This surprisingly simple one-pot chicken and orzo dinner from food writer Ravinder Bhogal has something special about it. “Tender chicken...

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Potato tagine with baked halloumi

Halloumi recipes

Potato tagine with baked halloumi

This North African-inspired potato dish is by no means an authentic tagine, but it does include the fantastic flavours of...

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Spiced venison naan with pineapple salsa

Venison recipes

Spiced venison naan with pineapple salsa

Chilli, lime and coriander pep up this sweet pineapple salsa, which works wonderfully with the pink venison steaks, marinated in...

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Pork chops with bean pureé, sprouts and apples

Pork chop recipes

Pork chops with bean pureé, sprouts and apples

This new take on the classic combo of pork, apple and sage is ready in just 30 minutes – but...

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Tamarind and coconut mussels with rice

Mussel recipes

Tamarind and coconut mussels with rice

Tangy tamarind, warming ginger and subtly chilli-infused coconut milk create a stunning, vibrant broth to cook mussels in. Served over...

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Chicken and chicory orzo

Easy orzo recipes

Chicken and chicory orzo

Caramelising bitter chicory draws out some sweetness, especially when paired with balsamic vinegar and orange. Throw in favourites like orzo...

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Herby haddock with salt and vinegar mash and curry mayo

Midweek meal recipes

Herby haddock with salt and vinegar mash and curry mayo

This quick fish dinner has serious chip shop vibes. The mash tastes exactly like a perfect bag of chips, soggy...

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Chicken thighs with curried leeks and lentils

Quick midweek meals

Chicken thighs with curried leeks and lentils

This comforting bowl of creamy curried lentils, soft sweet leeks and juicy chicken thighs is just what you need on...

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Turkey schnitzel with cranberry ketchup

Turkey recipes

Turkey schnitzel with cranberry ketchup

Weeknight dinners can be festive too! Dish up golden turkey schnitzels with old-school Russian salad and a tangy cranberry ketchup...

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Loaded sweet potatoes with sardines and cheese

Sweet potato recipes

Loaded sweet potatoes with sardines and cheese

This easy midweek meal is a delicious mismatch of some of our favourite ingredients – yet it works. The melt-in-the-mouth,...

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Parsnip, carrot and red lentil dal

Lentil recipes

Parsnip, carrot and red lentil dal

Sweet root vegetables give a twist on coconut dal in this simple vegan supper. Parsnips and carrots are cooked with...

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