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30 Easy 30 Minute Dinners for Busy Weeknights


These 30 easy 30-minute dinners for busy weeknights will save your sanity when you don’t know what to cook for supper after a stressful day. 

I think we can all agree that quick and easy dinners are the best way to save our sanity on busy weeknights. The last thing we want to think about after a hectic day is what to make for dinner. The challenging part is finding those simple dinner ideas in a pinch.

Over the last year, it’s been my goal to share easy, frugal, and family-friendly recipes to help make your life a little easier. Whether you are looking for simple sheet pan dinners, one-pot meals, hearty casseroles, crockpot recipes, or quick air fryer recipes there is something here for everyone.

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As a busy mom, I know how stressful day-to-day life can be. That is why I meal plan, keep a list of my favorite meals, and a master list of printable dinner ideas to make my life easier. It helps me save time and it also helps our grocery budget (which is a huge win!).

Despite all of this, no matter how hard I try there are always going to be nights when plans or work schedules change and I need dinner on the table fast. It’s those nights I turn to my 10-minute, 20-minute, and 30-minute meals.

Recently, I posted my shortcut chicken parmesan bake recipe, which is one of our favorite 30-minute dinners because of how perfect it is for busy nights (even my picky eaters love it!).

But, it made me realize that I haven’t shared any 30-minute dinner recipes here before, so I thought I would gather some of the best 30-minute dinners so you don’t resort to take-out (saving your budget) on those crazy nights when you want a hearty, satisfying dinner that the whole family will love.

Easy 30-Minute Dinners for Busy Weeknights

These delicious family-friendly dinners that take 30 minutes or less to prepare are perfect for nights when you need something on the table fast with minimal prep and easy clean-up. Your family is sure to love these simple but satisfying 30-minute recipes. Enjoy!

Baked ziti in white casserole dish with wooden spoon

Creamy Baked Ziti– The Cookin’ Chicks

Enjoy the ultimate comfort food with this Creamy Baked Ziti recipe, a perfect blend of tender noodles, rich, creamy sauce, and gooey cheese. It’s an easy, five-ingredient family-friendly meal that brings classic Italian flavors to your table in a casserole-style dish everyone will love!

Taco spaghetti in white pot with spoon

Taco Spaghetti- The Forked Spoon

This tempting One-Pot Taco Spaghetti Recipe combines the beloved tastes of tacos with the simplicity and satisfying texture of spaghetti noodles, creating an effortlessly delightful dinner perfect for any weeknight. It’s all ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes!

Pasta with egg and bacon on blue plate

Pasta with Egg and Bacon– Christina’s Cucina

Ready in under half an hour, this egg and bacon pasta will bring rave reviews! Creamy sauce with bits of bacon this delicious dish will be on regular menu rotation in no time.

Ravioli with mushroom sauce on white speckled plate

Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce– Living Lou

You’ll love this rich, creamy, and comforting ravioli with mushroom sauce. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and is perfect for a weeknight dinner while also being special enough for a date night at home. Made with mushrooms, your favorite ravioli, heavy cream, white wine, and parmesan cheese.

Gouda macaroni and cheese in pot

Gouda Mac and Cheese- Cook Dinner Tonight

This Gouda mac and cheese recipe makes cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese in just 30 minutes.

Chicken taco pasta on white plate

Chicken Taco Pasta- Less With Laur

Chicken taco pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that is sure to please everyone at the table. It is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and it comes together in just 30 minutes!

30 minute chicken tortellini alfredo in pot with spoon

Chicken Tortellini Alfredo- The Cooking Duo

Chicken tortellini Alfredo features tender, cheese-filled tortellini tossed with succulent chicken pieces and coated in a creamy Alfredo sauce, creating a rich and comforting pasta dish.

Parmesan crusted chicken on white plate

Easy Parmesan Crusted Chicken- Retro Housewife Goes Green

Create this simple and delicious parmesan-crusted chicken that the whole family will love in less than 30 minutes.

Tuscan chicken and mashed potatoes on white plate

Tuscan Chicken- 100 Days of Real Food

Tuscan chicken is a classic Italian dish made with chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy Parmesan sauce! It is a comforting and satisfying meal that is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Your whole family will love it!

Teriyaki chicken over rice in white bowl with broccoli

Teriyaki Chicken– Love From the Oven

This easy chicken teriyaki recipe is the best for weeknight dinners when you need something tasty yet filling!

Chicken pot pie in skillet with spoon

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie– The Slow Roasted Italian

This mouthwatering skillet chicken pot pie is a creamy, hearty delight, ready in just 30 minutes! Its golden crust and rich filling make it an irresistible comfort food classic.

Deconstructed chicken pot pie in white bowl with spoon

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie– Begin with Balance

This deconstructed chicken pot pie is a simple and delicious meal you can put together in less than 30 minutes for a busy weeknight.

Spicy chicken and rice in skillet

Spicy Chicken and Cauliflower Rice– Primavera Kitchen

Chicken and cauliflower rice is low-carb, gluten-free, and whole30 approved. This mouthwatering dish features juicy, flavorful chicken with the perfect seasonings and nutritious cauliflower rice! Plus, you can whip it up in just 30 minutes.

Chicken tacos on white plate with salsa and guacamole

Healthy Chicken Tacos– Hungry Hobby

These healthy chicken tacos use my go-to super easy chicken taco meat recipe with ground chicken for an easy dinner ready in 30 minutes!

Beef and broccoli with rice on blue and white plate with chopsticks

Beef with Broccoli– Lemon Blossoms

Skip take-out and try this easy and delicious beef and broccoli recipe. It’s ready for you to enjoy in under 30 minutes.

Steak and potato bites in skillet

Garlic Butter Steak Bites and Potatoes– Coconuts and Kettlebells

This garlic butter steak bites and potatoes recipe is easy to make and cooks up in under 30 minutes! The steak bites are incredibly tender and the potatoes get beautifully golden brown right in the pan.

Sloppy joe on white plate with a pickle

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes– Quiche My Grits

Your whole family will love this Old Fashioned Sloppy Joe recipe that will take you back to Grandma’s kitchen!

30 minute taco casserole on blue and white plate

30-Minute Taco Casserole– Chew Out Loud

This 30 Minute Taco Casserole is made healthier with the use of brown rice and fat-free beans. It comes together easily and quickly, and tastes absolutely delish! Nobody will realize it’s on the healthy side.

Burrito bowl in white bowl

One Pot Burrito Bowl- I Heart Naptime

Easy and delicious Mexican burrito bowls made in just one pot in 30 minutes…making cleanup a breeze. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Ground beef and broccoli with rice on white plate

Easy Korean Ground Beef and Broccoli- Miss in the Kitchen

Korean Ground Beef and Broccoli is a quick and easy dinner that the entire family will love.

Deconstructed egg roll in black bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl– Whole New Mom

This one-pan egg roll in a bowl is healthy, filled with veggies, delicious, and takes under 30 minutes to make.

Italian sausage, broccoli and pasta in black bowl

Italian Sausage and Broccolini Pasta Peel with Zeal

This dish features penne pasta combined with tender broccolini, savory Italian sausage, and a luxurious lemon cream sauce.

Stuffed pork chop on white plate

Stuffed Pork Chops- Wholesome Yum

This juicy baked stuffed pork chops recipe is elegant, easy, and takes less than 30 minutes. You’ll love the cheesy mushroom filling!

Shrimp bowl with rice, beans, onions, tomatoes in white bowl

Easy and Healthy Shrimp Taco Bowl- Moderately Messy RD

A delicious Mexican-inspired shrimp taco bowl with simple ingredients. The shrimp takes just a few minutes to cook and with leftover or microwave rice this dinner could be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Salmon stir fry with white rice in bowl

Salmon Stir Fry- All Nutritious

 Bring Asian flavors into your kitchen with this sweet and umami Salmon Stir Fry. Gluten-free (with coconut aminos), dairy-free, high protein, and healthy.

White fish with lemon slice on white plate with asparagus

White Fish with Lemon Garlic Sauce- Haute and Healthy Living

Just 6 ingredients are required for this easy white fish recipe topped with a fresh and delicious lemon garlic sauce.

Vegetable ramen on black plate with chopsticks

Veggie Ramen- Green Bowl 2 Soul

Veggie ramen is a delicious, quick, and easy one-pot instant noodle recipe that gets ready in less than 30 minutes. Loaded with a lot of healthy vegetables, this slurpy vegetarian ramen recipe is a must-try for every ramen lover.

Mexican pizza with jalapenos and red peppers

Vegetarian Mexican Pizza- Watch.Learn.Eat.

This Vegetarian Mexican Pizza Recipe is a comforting and delicious meal that’s ready in 30 minutes! It’s a healthier pizza that is packed with fresh veggies, and topped with melty cheddar cheese!

30-minute Greek pita pizza

Sheet Pan Greek Pita Pizza- Noshing with the Nolands

This mouthwatering sheet pan Greek pita pizza is delightfully crispy and bursting with vibrant, zesty flavors! A perfect fusion of tangy feta and juicy tomatoes on a golden crust.

Garlic and mushroom pizza on white counter

This flavorful mushroom and garlic pizza comes together in under 30 minutes, boasting a whole-wheat crust that provides the ideal foundation for hearty mushrooms and aromatic garlic. Enjoy it as is or personalize it with your preferred toppings.

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