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Sunday Dinner Ideas

Sunday dinner recipe ideas

The best kind of Sundays start with coffee and a crossword and end with the family—immediate or extended—coming together to share a meal. You won't find quick, 30-minute recipes here, but you will find many make-aheads, so you can spend more time connecting with those around the dinner table.


Best-Ever Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is one of those dishes that, when prepared so the chicken stays juicy and has a crisp skin, always draws raves from the crowd.

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Traditional Spaghetti & Meatballs

Nothing says family dinner—or makes them come to the table faster—like a heaping platter of spaghetti & meatballs. 

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Knotted Dinner Rolls

Dinner becomes undoubtedly more special when you pass these around the table. Soft, rich, and worlds better than store-bought, these gorgeous, buttery dinner rolls are a family favorite.

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Mustard, Sage & Maple Glazed Pork Roast

Get ready to hear some “ohhs” and “ahhs” when you set this roast, served with garlic-roasted potatoes, on the table. The glaze can be made up to two days ahead, which saves some time, and it’s delicious on roast chicken, too.

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Lemon-Ginger Poached Halibut with Leeks & Spinach

This light, Asian-inflected main course is great served over cooked soba noodles to soak up some of the extra broth. It's quick, too, for nights when the family needs to eat and run.

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Braised Duck Legs with Figs, Star Anise & Winter Squash

This Sunday dinner is special without being difficult to prepare. The duck becomes meltingly tender as it braises, soaking up all of the rich flavors of the sauce.

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Chicken Thighs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips

Add a pinch of caraway seeds to the vegetables before roasting to add an interesting twist to this perfect-for-Sunday-dinner dish.

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Pepper-Crusted Grill-Roasted Beef with Rosemary Chimichurri

Want to really impress your guests? This is the dish that will keep you grilling year-round. By searing over high heat and then moving to a cool zone to roast, the meat picks up an extra layer of smoky flavor it wouldn't get in the oven.

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Swiss Chard, Sweet Potato, and Feta Tart in a Teff Crust

Perfect for vegetarian night, the satisfying filling in this tart—chard, sweet potatoes, and red onions—is topped off with a salty sprinkle of feta. The crust, made with teff flour, has the texture of shortbread and a rich, nutty flavor.

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Roasted Lamb Loins with Mustard-Herb Crust

The crunchy, sweet-and-savory breadcrumb crust is a delicious contrast to the tender, rosy-red meat of these small roasts. Serve with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Sure, you could serve the family meatloaf without the bacon wrap, but it adds amazing flavor and a decadent touch.

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Cottage Pie with Beef & Carrots

Cottage pie originated as a way to use up leftover beef stew, but why wait for leftovers? Here’s how to make the ultimate comfort meal from scratch.

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Salt-Crusted Trout with Lemon-Dill Beurre Blanc

For a dramatic presentation, bring the entire platter to the table to crack open the salt crust and get ready for the oohs and ahhs.

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Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

This is great on its own, but if you like to gild the lily, add your family's favorite add ins: pancetta, bacon, ham, or hot chiles for those who like their mac-n-cheese with a kick. 

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Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Turn your Sunday dinner table into the corner table at a French bistro with a meal that incorporates juicy pork tenderloin and a few French cuisine staples like fresh butter, cream, shallots, apples, and thyme.  

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Beef & Pork Ragù Lasagne

One of our most popular lasagnes, readers have called it “phenomenal,” “beautiful,” “excellent,” “a favorite,” and “fabulous the next day.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Classic Chicken Pot Pie

This is the definitive pot pie recipe: a creamy chicken stew loaded with onions, peas, mushrooms, and carrots, and baked under a rich, flaky crust.

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Baked Smithfield Ham with Bourbon, Honey, and Pecan Glaze

When the ham is slowly baked, and then subjected to a luscious glaze such as this one with bourbon, honey, and pecans, the result is a culinary masterpiece.

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Beef Tenderloin with Double-Mushroom Ragoût

Beef tenderloin isn't just for Christmas dinner or other holidays, it's for any time you want to impress your guests or honor family and friends.

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Roast Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Herbs

This lemon chicken is a Sunday dinner they’ll still be talking about during Tuesday’s lunch. The white wine pan sauce adds yet another layer of flavor to the already flavorful dish.

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Classic Eggplant Parmigiana

This is how they do eggplant parmigiana in Italy: no breading and no puddles of cheese, just thin layers of fried eggplant with homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. It's a great option for lasagna-loving families looking for delicious ways to eat less meat.

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Short Rib Ragù

Turn braised short ribs into a ragù that's fabulous over tube-shaped pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan. You can also leave the ribs whole and serve them, along with their sauce, over mashed potatoes or polenta.

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Barbecue-Braised Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Honey-Mint Glaze

Sweet and savory flavors—a hallmark of Moroccan food—combine in this dish. The vegetables and lamb are served over couscous.

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Southwestern Beef Stew with Squash & Beans

A cross between beef chili and beef stew, this Sunday supper would be at home served with either warm cornbread or mashed or roasted potatoes.

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