For those nights when you’ve spent all your energy working, cleaning, taking care of the kids, or just running around trying to get everything done, dinner needs to be super easy. Luckily, we’ve found some amazing 15 minute meal recipes that you can cook and have on the table faster than you can go get takeout.
Our Favorite 15 Minute Meal Recipes You Can Make
Related: Psst…try our 20 minute dinners if you have an additional 5 minutes!
1. One Pot Pasta that is a Family Favorite
For a great meatless Monday meal, try this yummy and oh-so-simple Mushroom Spinach Pasta. Simple ingredients, great delicious dinner!
2. Grilled Lime Chicken to Dinner Rescue in Record Time
Fire up the grill to make Cumin Lime Chicken. It’s healthy and tasty. Pair it with a simple salad for a complete meal in just 15 minutes! Add a bit of fresh basil as a final touch.
3. Shrimp Linguine that is Ready in a Flash
This 15 Minute Shrimp Linguine looks fancy enough to serve to guests with some wine and crusty bread, but you can throw it together in 15 minutes. You can also serve this with rice and a soup on the side. Amazing!
4. Super Quick Gnocchi for Dinner
Gnocchi With Ham in Butter Garlic Sauce is the perfect dish for a busy evening. Serve it with a garden salad on the side. Oh how we love veggies!
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5. Quick Crispy Shrimp Tacos
The whole family will love Crispy Shrimp Tacos. What a great variation for taco night! It beats sandwiches sometimes. You can also insert some tortillas, as desired.
6. Bean Tostadas for Busy Nights
And don’t forget to add these frugal and tasty Bean Tostadas to your menu plan. Your oven will have a break when you serve this one. You can add avocado on the side if you want.
7. Fancy Quesadillas that are Surprisingly Fast
Encourage your kids to eat more fruit with delicious Apple and Cheddar Quesadillas! Such healthy sandwiches are always the best.
8. Quick & Easy Spaghetti
You can’t go wrong with bacon and spaghetti noodles in this Easy Spaghetti Carbonara. This classic pasta dish tastes best with the perfect blend of peppers and spices.
9. Mac & Cheese with Whatever on the Side
Okay, so mac and cheese isn’t really a meal, but throw in some already cooked chicken strips, and serve with a salad, and this Green Chile Mac and Cheese can easily become one of your favorite weeknight dinners. I’d say honey garlic chicken will make an awesome side.
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10. BBQ Pizza that is Quicker than Delivery
Use some leftover chicken (or get a rotisserie chicken from the store) to make BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza in just 15 minutes. Grab some flatbread (or mix some flour mixture for dough) and you’re ready to go. Yum!
11. Pasta Primavera that is Both Tasty & Speedy
Get you kids to eat their vegetables with this delicious, veggie-packed Creamy Pasta Primavera. Tasty 15 minute dinner ideas! Special note, you can drop an egg or a bit of lemon juice in there for a twist.
12. Chicken Stir Fry Even if You Have More Time to Cook…it is THAT Good
For some Asian flair, make this simple 15-Minute meal idea – Chicken Stir Fry using pre-cooked chicken strips. Better than pesto.
13. Something Sriracha…Need I Say More?
Give meatballs some Asian flavor with this Asian Orzo with Apricot-Sriracha Sauce and Chicken-Sausage Meatballs. I love any excuse to use Sriracha.
14. Italian Skillet in a Flash
A Cheesy Italian Pasta Skillet will save the day when you’re super busy. Great with tomatoes (not tomato soup, just tomato sauce)!
15. Fast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Never have sweet potatoes looked so delicious. These Cheese, Black Beans and Corn-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are bursting with flavor, and it’s a much healthier option than a loaded baked potato.
16. Smoked Sausage Alfredo
For a rich and hearty meal, try Smoked Sausage Alfredo. Chicken, salmon, beef, or any protein would be a delicious alternative in this dish, too!
More Dinner Solutions that are Quick, Easy & the Whole Family Will Love
- Here are even more meals you can cook in 20 minutes or less!
- Try one of our favorite Italian appetizers at your next dinner
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- These sheet pan meals are so easy and such a crowd pleaser.
- No cook dinner ideas are the best thing ever.
Which of these 15 minute recipes is your family’s favorite?