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Quick and Easy Main Dish Recipes

This is a collection of main dish recipes chosen from the main index as just a sample of those that I consider quick and easy to make. Preparation is minimal, cooking time is generally 30 to 45 minutes but no more than one hour and little supervision is required during the cooking process. Many of the dishes are appropriate for everyday family dinners, while others can be served as entrées for special occasions or entertaining. Since most of my side dish recipes require little time and preparation, they are not listed here, but can be found in the Recipe Index or you can use the search box above. You will also find many more main dishes that are quick and easy to prepare but take longer than one hour to cook, or those that can be partially prepared ahead so that minimal effort is required at mealtime. There are many ways to make life in the kitchen easier. A few can be found on the Cooking Tips pages.




Lamb and Veal



Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Soups and Stews

Vegetables (Main Dishes)
Top Sirloin Fillet Steaks Recipe Photo
Pan-Seared Top Sirloin
Fillet Steaks

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Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Mushrooms

Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Caramelized Onion Sauce

Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin Steak) Stuffed with Herbed Cheese

Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Grilled Marinated Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin Steaks)
Beef Tenderloin Roast with Red Wine Sauce

Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast

Roasted Eye Round of Beef

Individual Meatloaves with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese

Chopped Steaks with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce (Steak Uno Momento)
Hamburger Steaks with Swiss Cheese, Onions and Mushrooms

Pan-Seared Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin Steaks)

Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin Steaks) with Shrimp and Brandy Sauce

Pan-Seared Top Sirloin Fillet Steaks

Grilled Steak with Red Wine Marinade
Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Garlic and Rosemary

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Mom's Stir-Fried Beef and Vegetables

Beef Tenderloin Stew

Chinese Pepper Steak

Creamed Dried Beef


Eggs Poached in Tomatoes (Italian Eggs in Purgatory)

Eggs Poached on Cooked Greens

Garlicky Fried Eggs on Baby Greens
Frittata (Italian Omelet)

Frittata with Mushrooms and Pancetta (Italian Omelet)

Zucchini and Red Pepper Frittata (Italian Omelet)
Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, Tomatoes and Basil

Eggs Fried in Olive Oil and Garlic
Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Quiche

Quiche Lorraine (French Cheese and Bacon Tart)

Lamb and Veal

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops

Grilled Lamb Blade Chops

Grilled Leg of Lamb Steaks
Broiled Lamb Blade Chops

Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Sautéed Veal and Mushrooms
Veal Scallopini with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Grilled Veal Chops Marinated in Vermouth

Veal Piccata (Scallopini with Lemon Sauce)
Veal Parmesan

Veal Blade Steaks with Marsala Cream Sauce

Veal Cutlets with Tomato Cream Sauce


Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Linguine with Anchovy Sauce

Pasta with Anchovy-Tomato Sauce

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce

Spaghetti with Pork and Tomato Ragu

Creamy Pasta Primavera

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Potato Gnocchi with Herb Butter
Penne with Peas, Mushrooms and Roasted Red Peppers

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese

Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Egg Sauce

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Scallop Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta Cheese

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Gemelli with Lima Beans and Tomatoes
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Cheese Tortellini with Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Shrimp Primavera

Tuna Macaroni Casserole

Pasta with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes, Bacon and Mozzarella Cheese

Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Onion Butter Sauce

Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus
Farfalle with Fresh Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Basil

Pasta with Broccoli

Linguine with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley

Easy Cheese Ravioli with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Spaghettini with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Pasta with Turkey and Mushroom Ragu

Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Bacon

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Peas
Farfalle with Salmon and Asparagus

Fettuccine with Zucchini Cream Sauce

Pasta with Cooked Greens

Pasta with Mushrooms, Broccoli Rabe and Vodka Cream Sauce

Turkey Tetrazzini

Linguine with Fresh Clams and Tomatoes

Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Chickpeas, Greens and Tomatoes

Pork, Ham and Sausage

Pork Cutlets with Maple, Mustard and Sage Sauce

Pork Chop and Scalloped Potatoes Casserole

Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Dijon, Garlic and Herbs

Grilled Pork Steaks or Chops with Mustard Rub

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mustard and Herbs
Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon-Mustard Marinade

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Pork Chops Braised in White Wine

Easy Sweet and Sour Pork

Sautéed Pork with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Hickory-Smoked Pork Tenderloin
Pork Tenderloin with Chinese Barbecue Sauce

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Breadcrumb Crust

Grilled Pork Steaks with Corn Salsa

Grilled Pork Chops with Yogurt Marinade

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Sausage and Potato Casserole
Baked Italian Sausage and Potatoes

Homemade Italian Sausage

Baked Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Ham Steaks with Orange-Mustard Glaze

Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy


Baked Chicken with Red Wine and Pecans

Baked Chicken with Dijon and Balsamic Vinegar

Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Dijon

Baked Chicken Thighs with Vegetables and Honey-Mustard Glaze

Baked Chicken Thighs with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Mustard Marinade
Light and Easy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken-Vegetable Pie with Puff Pastry Crust

Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts

Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts

Braised Chicken with Red Wine and Vegetables

Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetables

Chinese-Style Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetables
Chicken and Rice Skillet

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Mustard Marinade

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken and Waffles with Gravy

Turkey-Noodle Casserole

Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey with Summer Vegetables

Easy Chicken Chop Suey
Braised Chicken with White Wine and Vegetables

Quick and Easy Chicken-Noodle Stew

Turkey Cutlets with Caramelized Onions

Seared Duck Breasts with Raspberry-Balsamic Sauce

Grilled Quail

Braised Quail with Vermouth Sauce

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Italian Omelet Sandwiches

Italian Omelet, Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches

Fried Egg Sandwiches with Bacon, Tomato and Cheese

Southwestern-Style Breakfast Tortillas

Beef Tacos

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato and Lettuce

Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Grilled Hamburgers with Worcestershire Sauce

Cheesy Burgers with Grilled Onions and Chunky Roasted Tomato Ketchup

Lamb Burgers
Hamburger Barbecue Sandwiches (Sloppy Joes)

Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Dill and Hard-Cooked Egg

Chicken BLT Sandwiches

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Basil

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Caesar Dressing

Chicken Sandwiches with Peppers and Provolone Cheese

Easy Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Grilled Turkey Sandwiches with Goat Cheese, Baby Greens and Vinaigrette

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Turkey Tacos

Tuna Melts

Healthy Tuna Melts without Mayonnaise

Salmon Sandwiches with Pickled Cucumbers

Salmon Sandwiches with Cucumbers and Dill

Salmon Sandwiches with Tomatoes and Cheese

Salmon Salad Sandwiches

Fried Fish Fillet Sandwiches

Fish Sandwiches with Dilled Tartar Sauce

Fish Sandwiches with Lettuce and Tomato

Seared Fresh Tuna Sandwiches with Lettuce and Tomato
Tuna Sandwiches with Tomatoes and Onion

Grilled Shrimp Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw

Vegetable Fajitas

Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Tortilla Sandwiches with Peppers and Onions

Eggplant Wraps with Herbed Cheese Spread

Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon and Cucumbers

Grilled Eggplant, Pepper and Tomato Sandwiches

Roasted Vegetables Sub Sandwiches
Roasted Peppers Sandwiches

Fresh Tomato and Cheese Pizza

Caramelized Onions and Cheese Pizza

Tomato and Four Cheese Pizza

Pizza with Tomatoes, Onions and Ricotta Cheese

Barbecue Pizza

Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Pizza

Pizza with Roasted Peppers and Anchovy-Caper Oil

Personal Pita Pizzas with Sliced Tomatoes and Cheese


Baked Fish Fillets with Mustard-Butter and Crumb Topping

Fish Fillets Steamed on Spinach Leaves

Baked Fish Fillets with Tomatoes, Peppers and Onions

Sautéed Fish and Vegetables

Lobster Tails Sautéed in Butter

Potato-Crusted Salmon Fillets

Sautéed Sea Scallops

Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp Marinara

Easy Grilled Shrimp

Sautéed Tilapia with Roasted Pepper Strips

Light and Easy Pan-Fried Fish

Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Catfish

Sautéed Fish Fillets with Creamy Dill Sauce

Chinese-Style Pan-Seared Salmon Fillets
Stewed Cod and Tomatoes

Pan-Seared Tuna with Marinara Sauce

Broiled Scallops with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Grilled or Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

Oven-Fried Fish Fillets

Baked Catfish with Pecan Crust

Poached Halibut with Browned Butter, Shallot and Caper Sauce

Poached Cod with Browned Butter

Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs

Roasted Salmon with Dijon, Garlic and Dill

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Fillets with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Poached Salmon with Creamed Spinach Sauce
Grilled Salmon

Fried Smelts

Seared Tuna Steaks with Herbed Breadcrumb Crust

Seared Tuna with Shallots and Lemon Butter Sauce

Rolled Flounder Fillets with Crabmeat Stuffing

Crispy Roasted Shrimp with Panko Crust

Roasted Shrimp with Lemon and Parsley

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Herbs and Lemon

Sautéed Monkfish Medallions

Baked Oysters with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

Sautéed Shrimp and Vegetables

Shrimp and Rice Carolina-Style

Broiled Snapper Fillets

Shrimp Scampi
Salmon Patties

Fish Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Grilled Fish Fillets

Baked Flounder with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Broiled Fish Fillets with Sliced Tomato and Onion

Grilled Fish with Anchovy Butter Sauce

Baked Fish Fillets with Lemon, Dijon and Herbs

Salmon Fillets with Honey-Mustard Glaze

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops on Baby Lettuce Greens with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Sautéed Rainbow Trout with Simple Butter Sauce

Broiled Shrimp with Herbed Garlic Butter

Baked Salmon Fillets with Mustard and Herbed-Breadcrumb Crust
Crab Cakes with Optional Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Baked Sea Scallops with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Seared Grouper Fillets with Tomato, Onion and Basil Salad

Sautéed Shrimp and Lobster with Lemon and Parsley

Baked Fish Fillets with Fresh Herbs and Breadcrumbs

Seared Grouper Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Grilled Monkfish Medallions with Roasted Red Pepper Purée

Salmon with Balsamic Vinegar Marinade

Sea Scallops Sautéed in Browned Butter

Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Vegetables

Soups and Stews

Purée of Asparagus Soup

Winter Squash Cream Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Homemade Croutons

Easy Vegetable Chowder

Pappy's Potato Soup

Frankfurter Stew

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Pasta and Green Pea Soup

Double Pea Soup
Soup with Greens, White Beans and Pasta

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

Pasta Soup with Beef, Tomatoes and Vegetables

Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder

White Bean and Sausage Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Kale and Wheat Berries
Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup

Cannellini Bean and Pasta Soup

Soup with Greens and Pasta

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Eggplant and Chick Pea Soup

Creamy Corn and White Bean Soup
Creamy Corn and Clam Chowder

Green Bean Soup with Sausage, Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Lentil Soup with Pasta and Pancetta

Beer-Braised Cabbage and Root Vegetables with Pickling Spice

Eggplant Stew

Eggplant and Mushroom Stew
Vegetables   (Main Dishes)
Summer Vegetable Medley

Green Beans Italian-Style

Green Beans and Chick Peas Marinara

Fried Cabbage and Noodles
Hungarian-Style Cabbage and Noodles with Paprika

Broccoli and Potatoes with Olive Oil and Garlic

Cabbage with Tomatoes, Oregano and Garlic
Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Light and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Three-Cheese Eggplant Rollatini

Roasted Summer Vegetables