When it comes to making the most of the last bit of the weekend, one of the most rewarding and comforting things to do is to enjoy a Sunday dinner. We put together a list of 20 recipes that are ideal for Sunday night dinners. Some are perfect when you want to spend time alone while some work when guests are over. None of these recipes requires you to spend an entire Sunday in the kitchen, and some can be ready to eat in under an hour. So gather your loved ones, place a candle or two on the table, and make Sunday night dinner an occasion. You never know; this could turn into a weekly tradition.
Read on for our favorite Sunday dinner recipes.
Lemon and Oregano Grilled Chicken
Making a whole grilled chicken is special enough for Sunday night, and this recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect one to try out. Tieghan Gerard makes this with balsamic vinegar, lemon, chopped oregano, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for a reveal that tastes as good as it looks.
Serve the chicken with grilled lemon wedges and fresh basil. For a side, opt for roasted potatoes or a salad.
Zucchini and Three-Cheese Lasagna
If you're craving something rich yet not too heavy after a busy Sunday, then this zucchini and three-cheese lasagna from Half Baked Harvest should do the trick. Those ingredients are mixed with spicy Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, and ricotta cheese in only one pan for easy clean-up.
Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon
Unveil this cedar plank grilled salmon from Half Baked Harvest for your friends or family on Sunday night and we promise they'll be seriously impressed. It features salmon that's cooked with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and honey, and then topped with a nectarine, corn, and avocado salsa.
Meatloaf is a classic for a reason, and this recipe from Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush proves its staying power. It's made with quinoa, chicken broth, lean ground beef, and garlic, and then topped with a glaze of tomato paste and honey.
This recipe for pork chops from The Modern Proper has a rustic elegance to it, so it's the type of Sunday supper to serve when guests are over. The meat is covered with dry white wine, heavy cream, dijon mustard, and fresh thyme—alongside a mix of mushrooms—for a show-stopping dish that's ready in 30 minutes.
For those cool Sunday nights in, this Instant Pot recipe for pot roast from Tiffany Azure of Creme de la Crumb will be everything you need to feel satisfied. It has beef chuck roast, large carrots, yellow onion, and red potatoes tossed with seasonings and served tender. Plus, the Instant Pot does most of the work.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
A warm bowl of soup is a comforting dinner to eat after a Sunday spent outdoors, and this recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats makes every spoonful taste like a treat. Recipe creator Krista Rollins mixes sausage, bacon, carrots, and cauliflower with chicken stock and coconut milk for a hearty, rich flavor.
Detroit-Style Pepperoni Pizza
Who doesn't love a warm slice of pepperoni pizza to close out a fun weekend? Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats turns the flavor up on this pizza recipe by topping it with freshly grated Provolone or mozzarella cheese, arugula, and honey mixed with jalapeños.
Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili
The best thing about Sunday dinners is their ability to bring loved ones together, which won't be hard to do with this slow-cooker buffalo chicken recipe from How Sweet Eats, which combines its namesake ingredients with toppings like crumbled blue cheese, fresh cilantro, diced celery, and roasted red peppers.
Make a vegetarian dinner everyone at your Sunday table will love with this A Couple Cooks recipe. Vegetables are cooked in a flavorful broth while chickpeas add protein. To serve, opt for rice, quinoa, or naan bread.
Sunday is the perfect night for a hearty pasta dinner, and we're dying to try this recipe from A Couple Cooks out this weekend. It comes together quickly—it'll be on your table in just 15 minutes!—and is made with simple, earthy ingredients like mushrooms, cheese, and bow tie pasta.
Baked Spaghetti Squash Caprese
When you're feeling the fatigue from all you indulged in over the weekend set in, make this spaghetti squash from Boulder Locavore for Sunday dinner. Though it's low-calorie and low-carb, it's packed with flavor from balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, and mozzarella.
Feeling fancy? Try making your own risotto with this recipe from A Couple Cooks. It's perfect to make in the spring when asparagus is at its freshest. Top with pine nuts and parmesan cheese to add even more flavor.
Nana's Spaghetti Sauce
Skip the canned stuff—you have all Sunday afternoon to prep, so why not try making your own homemade spaghetti sauce? This homestyle sauce recipe from Boulder Locavore takes just under three hours to cook, and it's made using onion, bell peppers, ground beef, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Want a hearty, homestyle dinner on Sunday without any of the work? Boulder Locavore's jambalaya recipe can be made in an Instant Pot, helping you spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. The Cajun classic is ready in under 40 minutes and requires only ten minutes of prep!
Skip the salad and opt for Caprese chicken on Sunday night, courtesy of Foodie Crush. Chicken breasts are covered in pesto, balsamic, tomatoes, and mozzarella for an easy skillet dinner that's ready in 30 minutes.
When you can't decide between Italian or Mexican on Sunday, make Boulder Locavore's Mexican lasagana recipe and choose both! You get the best of both worlds in this cheesy, meaty pasta dish that gets spice from hatch green chilies and chorizo.
Add this Foodie Crush recipe to your fall must-make list. Salmon gets a serious flavor boost from maple syrup, but the best part of this dinner is that it only takes 10 (seriously!) minutes to make. Serve with whatever your heart desires—vegetables, potatoes, rice—the possibilities are endless.
Round out the week with Foodie Crush's pork scallopini recipe. Lightly fried pork cutlets are flavored with lemons and capers for an easy Italian dinner no one will believe took only 30 minutes to make. Serve over pasta if you want it to be even heartier.