I'll level with you. As much as I like to spend hours tinkering with a complicated recipe every now and then (I once lost an entire weekend to this), the majority of the time I crave fast and easy dishes that still deliver tons of flavor.
That's where the reliable 30-minute meal comes in. The 30-minute meal embodies everything I believe in: quick, simple, and inherently smart. Endlessly.
Because dinner's the name of the game, I've combed through our top-secret records to find out which time-saving, always-delicious recipes you all turn to over and over and over again. From the creamiest instant Pot butter chicken to an umami-rich miso-mushroom pasta you'll want to keep in your weekly rotation from now until forever, here are 10 of our most popular 30-minute dinner all-stars. The best of the very best.
Ah, Martha, you never cease to impress us, and this one-pan pasta is no exception. Toss the linguine, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and basil all together and boil away for a simple, satisfying dinner.
If you haven't met gong bao ji ding yet, let me introduce you: It’s an addictively good stir-fried chicken dinner with a spicy-savory sauce that’s on the table in just 25 minutes. I'll let you two take it from here.
If you're a fan of Buffalo-style anything, you're guaranteed to love this Buffalo-glazed salmon paired with a blue cheese–dressed kale salad. The best part: It's ready in 20 minutes tops.
This Instant Pot butter chicken from Urvashi Pitre packs in so much creamy flavor — garlic, ginger, garam masala, and more — and clocks in right at 30 minutes.
Pile this über-simple shrimp atop crusty French bread and pair with a glass of crisp white wine or rosé for an impressive-looking meal that's actually very easy.
This absurdly easy recipe gets its silky, cheesy sauce by cooking the dried noodles in a skillet or sauté pan.
This citrusy recipe is best described by its author: "Had some chicken breast in the fridge. Didn't feel like breading them, so I made this." Enough said.
You won't think twice about adding miso to your pasta after trying this. Mushrooms, lots of butter, sherry vinegar to balance the creaminess, and scallions for a bright touch.
Shakshuka for dinner? Oh yes. This breakfast and brunch classic makes the coziest-ever dinner when topped with thick labneh and herbs, and served alongside warm pita bread.
I saved these for last because good things come to those who wait — and these spicy tacos topped with a tangy crema and cabbage slaw are oh-so-good and oh-so-speedy.
This story was originally published on Food52.com: Our most popular 30-minute dinners are here to save your weeknights.