10 Fall Weeknight Dinners Ready in Under an Hour (or Less!)

Quick and easy recipes to get you through the week.

September 25, 2018

Growing up I was lucky to have a home-cooked dinner almost every night. This didn’t happen by magic: My mom strategically balanced planning our week of meals—prepping vegetables, defrosting chickens, stockpiling pasta in the fridge—with a repertoire of quick recipes at her disposal, like stir-fries, tray bakes, and speedy soups.

Lately, I feel like I’ve been leaning heavily on those quick!-what-can-I-eat? meals. Sometimes those are scrambled eggs; other times, it’s a PB&J. But in a recent phone conversation with my mom, she reminded me that 60 minutes is more than enough time to make a satisfying dinner. You just need the right recipes in your back pocket. Below, I’ve gathered ten hearty fall dishes you could pull together in under an hour—just like Mama Macdonald.

One more weeknight wonder

What's your favorite speedy dinner? Don't be shy—share in the comments!

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regina W. October 9, 2018
would love more protein focued dishes... : )
Maggie W. October 9, 2018
Why are almost all of these pastas? I feel like that is often the case with Food52’s curated lists of recipes, and it’s kinda lame. Anyone can make a decent pasta dish in an hour. I’m looking to Food52 to offer something a little more innovative.
Nanda G. October 7, 2018
I think it would take me over an hour to make the squash tofu curry, unless maybe I had previously prepped the squash and skipped pressing the tofu.
John G. October 1, 2018
My favorite quick recipe is one pan roasted chicken and vegetables. Quick and easy. Using frozen veggies like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans seem to work the best. Just use vegetabl oil, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and chili flakes for seasoning and your all set!
Maggie W. October 9, 2018
What cut of chicken do you use for this?