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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


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


Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

Linguine with Anchovy Sauce

Pasta with Anchovy-Tomato Sauce

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Spaghetti with Quick Red Clam Sauce

Pasta with Pork and Tomato Ragu

Creamy Pasta Primavera

Orecchiette with Mushroom Cream Sauce

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

Rigatoni with Summer Fresh Tomatoes, Pancetta and Mozzarella Cheese

Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Egg Sauce

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Scallop Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Sausage, Pancetta and Two Cheeses

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs and Goat Cheese

Cheese Tortellini with Tomato Sauce
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

Gemelli with Baby Lima Beans and Tomatoes

Pasta with Shrimp Primavera

Tuna-Macaroni Casserole

Pasta with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Penne with Grape Tomatoes, Bacon and Mozzarella Cheese

Easy Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Onion Butter Sauce

Pasta with Broccoli
Farfalle with Fresh Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Basil

Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Linguine with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley

Easy Cheese Ravioli with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Spaghettini with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Kamut Pasta Spirals 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

Gnocchette with Mushrooms, Rapini and Vodka Cream Sauce

Turkey Tetrazzini

Linguine with Fresh Clams and Tomatoes

Ziti with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce

Pasta with Chick Peas, 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

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard and Herb Breadcrumb Crust
Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon-Mustard Marinade

Pork Chops Braised in White Wine

Easy Sweet and Sour Pork

Sautéed Pork with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Hickory-Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Herbs
Grilled Ham Steaks with Orange-Mustard Glaze

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Chinese-Style Barbecue Sauce

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mustard and Herbs

Grilled Pork Steaks with Corn Salsa

Grilled Pork Chops with Herbed Yogurt Marinade
Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Sausage and Potato Casserole

Baked Italian Sausage and Potatoes

Homemade Italian Sausage

Baked Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

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 Parmesan

Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables with Honey-Mustard Glaze

Baked Chicken Thighs with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Easy Chicken-Vegetable Pie with Puff Pastry Crust
Light and Easy Chicken Parmesan

Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts

Grilled Tarragon Chicken

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Mustard Marinade

Braised Chicken with Red Wine and Vegetables

Chicken and Rice in a Skillet

Chinese Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetables
Easy Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetables

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Dijon, Lemon and Herb Marinade

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken and Waffles with Gravy

Turkey-Noodle Casserole

Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey with Summer Vegetables

Easy Chicken Chop Suey
Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine and Vegetables

Chicken-Noodle Stew with Vegetables and Romaine Lettuce

Sautéed Turkey Cutlets with Golden Onions and Parmesan Cheese

Sautéed Duck Breasts with Raspberry-Balsamic Sauce

Grilled Quail

Sautéed Quail with Vermouth Sauce

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Italian Omelet (Frittata) Sandwiches

Italian Omelet Sandwiches with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Fried Egg Sandwiches with Tomatoes, Bacon and Cheese

Southwestern-Style Breakfast Tortillas

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato, Onion and Lettuce

Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Hamburgers Seasoned with Worcestershire Sauce, Onion and Garlic

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 Eggs

Chicken BLT

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Basil Leaves

Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwiches with Spinach Leaves and Caesar Dressing

Chicken Breast Sandwiches with Peppers and Provolone Cheese

Light and Easy Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Grilled Turkey Sandwiches with Baby Greens, Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Beef Tacos

Turkey Tacos

Tuna Melts

Healthier Tuna Melts

Salmon Sandwiches with Pickled Cucumbers Slices and Dill Sauce

Roasted Salmon Fillet Sandwiches with Cucumbers and Dill

Fresh Salmon Sandwiches with Tomatoes and Cheese

Fried Fish Fillet Sandwiches

Fillet of Fish Sandwiches with Dilled Tartar Sauce

Sautéed Fish Sandwiches with Lettuce and Tomato

Tuna Sandwiches with Sliced Onions and Tomatoes
Fresh Tuna Sandwiches with Lettuce, Tomato and Onion

Salmon Salad Sandwiches

Grilled Shrimp Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw

Vegetable Fajitas

Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Eggplant Wraps with Herbed Cheese Spread

Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon, Cucumbers and Cheese

Grilled Eggplant, Red Pepper and Tomato Sandwiches

Sub Sandwiches with Roasted Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions and Provolone Cheese
Roasted Pepper Sandwiches

Tortilla Sandwiches with Peppers, Onions and Cheese

Sliced Tomato and Cheese Pizza

Caramelized Onions and Cheese Pizza

Pizza With Four Cheeses

Pizza with Sliced Onions and Tomatoes

Barbecue Pizza

Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Pizza

Roasted Pepper Pizza with Anchovy-Caper Oil

Individual Pita Pizzas with Fresh Sliced Tomatoes, Basil and Four Cheeses


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 Catfish

Sautéed Fish Fillets with Creamy Dill Sauce

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

Pan-Seared Tuna with Marinara Sauce

Broiled Scallops with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Grilled or Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

Baked Fish Fillets with Seasoned Parmesan and Breadcrumb Crust

Baked Catfish with Pecan Crust

Poached Halibut with Browned Butter, Shallot and Caper Sauce

Poached Cod with Browned Butter

Fried Smelts

Roasted Salmon with Dijon, Garlic and Dill

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Fillets with Cucumber Sauce

Poached Salmon with Creamed Spinach Sauce
Grilled Salmon

Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs

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 Red Snapper Fillets

Shrimp Scampi
Salmon Patties

Fish Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Grilled Fish Fillets

Baked Flounder with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Broiled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Onion Slices

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 Dijon, Dill and Fresh Breadcrumb Crust

Seared Grouper Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Grilled Monkfish Medallions with Roasted Red Pepper Purée

Sautéed Salmon with Herbed 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
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

German Cabbage and Rice Soup
Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup

Soup with Greens and Pasta

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Kale and Wheat Berries

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Green Bean Soup with Sausage, Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Creamy Corn and White Bean Soup
Creamy Corn and Clam Chowder

Eggplant and Chick Pea Soup

Lentil Soup with Pasta and Pancetta

Double Pea Soup

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