Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The simple, fast Italian weeknight dinners I turn to time and time again. - Giada De Laurentiis

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This Italian baked chicken and pastina is a heary and delicious weeknight dinner. Pastina literally means “little pasta” so it can be any type of small shape pasta, even small elbow macaroni, which kids love! To get the golden brown parmesan crust, just add a little bit of soft butter on the top. The breadcrumbs absorb the butter and it creates a nice crispy golden brown crust!

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina - Giadzy

This Italian baked chicken and pastina is a heary and delicious weeknight dinner. Pastina literally means “little pasta” so it can be any type of small shape pasta, even small elbow macaroni, which kids love! To get the golden brown parmesan crust, just add a little bit of soft butter on the top. The breadcrumbs absorb the butter and it creates a nice crispy golden brown crust!

These caprese burgers are a fun update to traditional cheeseburgers. Homemade pesto keeps these burger patties super flavorful and moist, and offers an Italian twist on the traditional American BBQ fare.

Caprese Burgers - Giadzy

These caprese burgers are a fun update to traditional cheeseburgers. Homemade pesto keeps these burger patties super flavorful and moist, and offers an Italian twist on the traditional American BBQ fare.

Dinner is one-and-done with this sheet pan shrimp and vegetables recipe. In the warmer months when you don’t want to be hanging out over the stovetop, this is a great set-and-forget recipe to turn to! It's a great healthy and gluten free weeknight dinner.

Sheet Pan Parmesan Shrimp and Veggies - Giadzy

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Dinner is one-and-done with this sheet pan shrimp and vegetables recipe. In the warmer months when you don’t want to be hanging out over the stovetop, this is a great set-and-forget recipe to turn to! It's a great healthy and gluten free weeknight dinner.

I love this dish for so many reasons. Pan-sear the salmon until it’s golden brown and crispy, and then use the same pan to cook some of my favorite ingredients: artichoke hearts, shallots, sundried tomatoes and baby spinach. It’s so beautiful on the plate! The presentation is impressive enough to serve when you’re entertaining, but clocking in at 20 minutes to throw it together, it’s a wonderful weeknight dinner as well.

One-Pan Salmon with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes - Giadzy

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I love this dish for so many reasons. Pan-sear the salmon until it’s golden brown and crispy, and then use the same pan to cook some of my favorite ingredients: artichoke hearts, shallots, sundried tomatoes and baby spinach. It’s so beautiful on the plate! The presentation is impressive enough to serve when you’re entertaining, but clocking in at 20 minutes to throw it together, it’s a wonderful weeknight dinner as well.

When you need a vegetable side dish for your Italian meal in a pinch, don’t worry about slow-roasting any veggies! This Italian stir fry is a great method to cooking vegetables super quickly, and thanks to ingredients like oregano, garlic and vinegar, it has a bright Italian flavor that I love. You can really use up just about any odds-and-ends of veggies in your fridge (or freezer, for that matter) in this recipe, so it’s wonderful for a kitchen-cleanout type of dinner.

Giada De Laurentiis' Italian Stir Fry - Giadzy

When you need a vegetable side dish for your Italian meal in a pinch, don’t worry about slow-roasting any veggies! This Italian stir fry is a great method to cooking vegetables super quickly, and thanks to ingredients like oregano, garlic and vinegar, it has a bright Italian flavor that I love. You can really use up just about any odds-and-ends of veggies in your fridge (or freezer, for that matter) in this recipe, so it’s wonderful for a kitchen-cleanout type of dinner.

These pork chops with apples and pancetta are the perfect weeknight dinner. One pan, done in a half an hour, tons of rich flavor – this weeknight meal has it all. Apples give the sauce so much amazing fall flavor! If you don’t have brandy on hand, you can replace with more apple juice or some chicken stock.

Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta - Giadzy

These pork chops with apples and pancetta are the perfect weeknight dinner. One pan, done in a half an hour, tons of rich flavor – this weeknight meal has it all. Apples give the sauce so much amazing fall flavor! If you don’t have brandy on hand, you can replace with more apple juice or some chicken stock.

When it comes to busy weeknights, I rely heavily on recipes like this! For this recipe, I basically whip up sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, garlic, basil, lemon and olive oil in a food processor until it’s a chunky pesto-like consistency. After that, voila – just toss with cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese for a super flavorful and quick dinner that requires almost no cooking.

Linguine With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives - Giadzy

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When it comes to busy weeknights, I rely heavily on recipes like this! For this recipe, I basically whip up sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, garlic, basil, lemon and olive oil in a food processor until it’s a chunky pesto-like consistency. After that, voila – just toss with cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese for a super flavorful and quick dinner that requires almost no cooking.

This is one of those great dinners that you can whip up easily on any weeknight, but it’s still an impressive enough dinner that you could absolutely serve to company. It’s a simple, delicious shrimp scampi that’s all tied together with a lemony vinaigrette mixed in at the end.

Giada's Lemony Shrimp Scampi With Orzo - Giadzy

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This is one of those great dinners that you can whip up easily on any weeknight, but it’s still an impressive enough dinner that you could absolutely serve to company. It’s a simple, delicious shrimp scampi that’s all tied together with a lemony vinaigrette mixed in at the end.

I love this recipe, because it is a much lighter and fresher version of puttanesca but no less flavorful! The salmon cooks while the pasta cooks, so it's super quick and easy. The flavors are perfectly balanced, with the salty olives and fresh tomatoes and red onion giving it a snappy bite. It's a perfect weeknight Italian dinner.

Campanelle with Fresh Puttanesca Sauce - Giadzy

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I love this recipe, because it is a much lighter and fresher version of puttanesca but no less flavorful! The salmon cooks while the pasta cooks, so it's super quick and easy. The flavors are perfectly balanced, with the salty olives and fresh tomatoes and red onion giving it a snappy bite. It's a perfect weeknight Italian dinner.

This healthier and simplified version of eggplant parmesan is a perfect fit for an easy weeknight meal. It's a delicious way to get in your vegetables for the day, and it only takes 30 minutes to cook!

Sheetpan Eggplant Parmesan - Giadzy

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This healthier and simplified version of eggplant parmesan is a perfect fit for an easy weeknight meal. It's a delicious way to get in your vegetables for the day, and it only takes 30 minutes to cook!

This easy chicken with mustard mascarpone marsala sauce is great for a weeknight dinner. The rich sauce with Marsala wine and mascarpone cheese gets a nice lift with the zingy Dijon mustard. Serve over your favorite long pasta for a complete meal!

Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce - Giadzy

This easy chicken with mustard mascarpone marsala sauce is great for a weeknight dinner. The rich sauce with Marsala wine and mascarpone cheese gets a nice lift with the zingy Dijon mustard. Serve over your favorite long pasta for a complete meal!

Make the weeknights easier with these fast Italian dinners! There’s a time and place for laborious and time-intensive dinners, but for most general weeknights, it’s the time for something quick. Enter these fast Italian dinners that all take 30 minutes or less to whip up from start to finish!

Fast Italian Dinners In 30 Minutes (Or Less!) - Giadzy

Make the weeknights easier with these fast Italian dinners! There’s a time and place for laborious and time-intensive dinners, but for most general weeknights, it’s the time for something quick. Enter these fast Italian dinners that all take 30 minutes or less to whip up from start to finish!

Fall is all about those hearty, comforting dishes, full of warming spices and vibrant seasonal vegetables. If your mind goes immediately to the all time-consuming Thanksgiving feast, think again. There are plenty of easy weeknight dinners for fall that require minimal effort. Our mantra: either set it and forget it in the oven, or simplify it altogether! Case and point, turn to these 12 easy weeknight recipes for fall from Giada for a better season ahead. Now, happy (and cozy) cooking!

12 Easy Weeknight Dinners For Fall - Giadzy

Fall is all about those hearty, comforting dishes, full of warming spices and vibrant seasonal vegetables. If your mind goes immediately to the all time-consuming Thanksgiving feast, think again. There are plenty of easy weeknight dinners for fall that require minimal effort. Our mantra: either set it and forget it in the oven, or simplify it altogether! Case and point, turn to these 12 easy weeknight recipes for fall from Giada for a better season ahead. Now, happy (and cozy) cooking!

Who says meat and potatoes have to be boring? Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish that is best known as a specialty in Chicago. It’s such a great comforting dish that actually brings on a ton of flavor, thanks in part to the wine and the dried herbs. I also love that it’s all made in just one pan – it doesn’t get much better than that.

Giada De Laurentiis' Chicken Vesuvio Recipe - Giadzy

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Who says meat and potatoes have to be boring? Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish that is best known as a specialty in Chicago. It’s such a great comforting dish that actually brings on a ton of flavor, thanks in part to the wine and the dried herbs. I also love that it’s all made in just one pan – it doesn’t get much better than that.

This one-pot dinner is a perfect weeknight meal for two. Pizzaiola is a brightly flavored tomato sauce that gets flavored similarly to pizza with a variety of herbs. I use it as a quick sauce for all kinds of protein, from chicken sliders to meatballs and everything in between!

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola - Giadzy

This one-pot dinner is a perfect weeknight meal for two. Pizzaiola is a brightly flavored tomato sauce that gets flavored similarly to pizza with a variety of herbs. I use it as a quick sauce for all kinds of protein, from chicken sliders to meatballs and everything in between!

I like using turkey in place of beef for this meatloaf to lighten it up a bit, but there’s no sacrificing flavor here! This meatloaf is studded with salty feta cheese and sweet briney sundried tomatoes to give it loads of satisfying texture – and it tastes great. It makes excellent leftovers too – just sear up the slices in a pan with a little olive oil!

Giada's Turkey Meatloaf With Feta And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I like using turkey in place of beef for this meatloaf to lighten it up a bit, but there’s no sacrificing flavor here! This meatloaf is studded with salty feta cheese and sweet briney sundried tomatoes to give it loads of satisfying texture – and it tastes great. It makes excellent leftovers too – just sear up the slices in a pan with a little olive oil!