Enjoy more quality time with the family with these lazy Sunday dinner ideas!
Sunday dinners are all about bonding and spending an enjoyable time with the family before a busy week.
You don't want to spend half of that time thinking about what Sunday dinner recipes to cook, and we've got you covered with these dinner ideas including my chicken spaghetti recipe.
From easy-fried spaghetti to delicious soups, you'll see an array of options to explore to make that perfect tasty dish for your family.
Our delicious list of easy Sunday dinner ideas starts with the easy-fried spaghetti recipe. An absolutely delicious meal you can make with leftover pasta and is guaranteed to deliver desired flavors and comfort!
1. Fried Spaghetti
This is the ultimate comfort food for the entire family, saving time and adding flavors to your palate on lazy Sundays.
It's the perfect meal to cook with leftover pasta, your preferred seasonings, parmesan and fontina cheese, and a flavorful sauce.
The classic recipe takes about an hour to make, and you should serve it immediately with fresh basil. A great alternative is my easy taco spaghetti recipe.
2. Best Smothered Chicken
When it comes to Sunday night dinner ideas, these tender, juicy chicken breasts smothered with a delicious creamy sauce are unmatchable.
It pairs perfectly with greens, mashed potatoes, and your preferred other side dishes.
It's an easy recipe that requires a few ingredients you can fetch from your pantry and takes less than an hour to cook. You want to slowly cook the chicken breasts in the sauce at medium-low heat for the best result!
3. Easy Salisbury Steak
Get sliced mushrooms, garlic powder, beef broth, onions, Worcestershire sauce, ground beef, and flour to make this irresistible dish for the whole family!
The Salisbury steak is the perfect home-cooked meal to bring the family together and share quality time.
It's perfect when served with crusty bread, mashed potatoes, and any other side dish of your choice.
4. Cowboy Stew
The rich tomato sauce of this dish is only the surface of the depth of flavors this meal has to give.
It's a delicious stew full of smoked chopped meat and veggies, including potatoes, diced cherry tomatoes, Kielbasa sausage, kernel corn, pinto beans, and green chiles.
Serve this one-pot meal with sour cream and sliced baguette to enjoy.
5. Turkey Kielbasa Pasta Bake
This turkey kielbasa pasta bake is the definition of a lazy Sunday dinner packed with flavors and comfort.
The dish is super easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, like rigatoni pasta, mozzarella cheese and can be enjoyed alone for dinner, lunch or as a side dish.
6. Chicken Marsala Olive Garden
The Olive Garden's Chicken Marsala will always be a family favorite, and you can make yours in the comfort of your home.
It's one of the best Sunday dinner ideas that take little time to prepare, and you'll enjoy it best served with roasted potatoes or fried cabbage.
Your key ingredient is the Marsala white wine to go with your seasonings! For more Italian deliciousness, check out these delicious Italian recipes.
7. Texas Roadhouse Chili
With only thirty minutes of cook time, this amazing southern recipe will have you enjoying Sunday to the maximum.
All your ingredients go into the same pot, giving you an unrivaled chili in flavor and comfort.
These ingredients include red pepper flakes, red kidney beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, olive oil, ground beef, and a host of others. The easy dinner takes different toppings, including shredded cheese, jalapenos, avocado, tortilla chips, and green onions.
8. Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
You'll love the decadent flavors this amazing casserole has to give!
It combines spaghetti, mushrooms, chicken broth, parmesan cheese, white wine, chicken breasts, and seasonings to make a wholesome dish.
Bake till it's hot and bubbly, and garnish with paprika to enjoy.
9. Easy Penne Alla Carbonara
From start to finish, this recipe takes only 20 minutes, making it a perfect fit for lazy Sunday dinner ideas.
Get your cast iron skillet to make this dish with Penne Rigate, heavy cream, basil, bacon, black pepper, and eggs,
Serve this with garlic bread or salad to enjoy.
10. Southwest Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese
This mac and cheese is prepared in a chili con carne style with only one cast iron skillet.
The recipe card takes only a few ingredients, including macaroni, ground beef, black beans, peppers, and a load of seasonings.
It takes only 40 minutes to make, and the whole family will absolutely enjoy it!
11. Southern-Style Fried Cabbage With Bacon
Whether as a side or main dish, this southern-style fried cabbage with bacon is a sure hit on your lazy Sunday dinner ideas.
This dish lets you add flavor to your dinner table with ingredients including cabbage, bacon, onion & garlic, and spices.
Serve with chicken thighs, pork, or grains to enjoy.
12. Chicken Broccoli Casserole
This recipe is s flavorful as it's healthy, incorporating broccoli florets, whole chicken chopped or breasts chopped into cubes, mushroom, cream cheese, garlic powder, butter, olive oil, and chicken stock.
Serve with garlic bread spread with garlic butter to enhance your dish with garlic flavors!
13. Easy No-Boil Lasagna
When it comes to easy Sunday dinner ideas, you'll love the ease and deliciousness that comes with this no-boil Lasagna.
The Lasagna combines no-boil noodles layered in creamy bechamel and a meat sauce cooked slowly.
Ensure to bake till the top is bubbly and golden brown. Allow to cool and set for about 25 minutes before serving.
14. Chicken Casserole With Ritz Crackers
You might have your own recipe for chicken casserole, but this combination with ritz cracker will make it your new favorite!
It's super tasty and is sure to earn you cheers from the entire family, combining tender chicken breasts, rice, condensed cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, and crushed Ritz crackers crumbs.
15. Mom's Beef Paprika
Whether you're using an instant pot or slow cooker, this is an absolute hit that guarantees no leftovers.
It's tender beef simmered in a paprika sauce that pairs perfectly with roast potatoes, rice, or pasta.
Add cornstarch to achieve your desired thickness.
16. Cheeseburger "Mac and Cheese" Casserole
If your family members love a good helping of ground beef, this dish should be your go-to lazy Sunday dinner idea.
It's made with ground beef, elbow macaroni, bell peppers, whole milk, and seasonings.
Bake till the top is brown and bubbly, and let it cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
17. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
The combination of juicy meat, melted cheese, and delicious barbecue sauce is irresistible in this lazy Sunday dinner recipe.
Add breadcrumbs to hold the meatloaf together and serve with mac and cheese or potatoes!
18. Beef Burgundy (Bourguignon) With Mashed Potatoes
This wholesome dish is made with red wine, beef broth, pearl onions, beef stew meat, salt pork, mushroom, and seasonings.
The richness of the dish will certainly bring the family together, and you'll absolutely love it with egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
Ensure the onions are fork-tender before serving.
19. Chicken and Biscuits
With only 20 minutes to prepare, these chicken and biscuits are an absolute delicacy for Sunday dinner recipes.
It's super simple to make, with ingredients you can easily fetch from your pantry.
Bake till the biscuits is well-done before serving.
20. Chicken Pasta Alfredo
This chicken pasta Alfredo is a simple, light, yet elegant dinner to make for yourself and your partner.
It incorporates amazing ingredients to make an enjoyable Italian dish in just 30 minutes.
Add parmesan cheese as desired and serve immediately.
21. Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite for many families on lazy Sundays and special occasions.
It's super simple to make, with a cook time of 20 minutes, and it's the perfect dish to serve over rice, baby potatoes, or wide, flat pasta.
22. Southern Fried Chicken
Your marinade and seasoning are everything that matter in making this delicious southern fried chicken recipe.
For this recipe, ingredients to make your fried chicken as tasty as possible include buttermilk, hot sauce, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and paprika.
Fry to desired crispiness and set to cool before serving. Check out theseamazing Sunday dinner soul food recipes for more southern deliciousness!
23. Pasta Alla Norma
This is an elegant Sunday dish made with roasted or baked eggplant, fresh herbs, Ricotta, pasta, and tomatoes.
It's a Sicilian dinner to make your family feel special and foster that desired quality time!
Make your eggplant sauce, add the al dente pasta, Ricotta, and cook till desired consistency.
24. Lobster Ravioli
You'll absolutely enjoy this dish made with homemade pasta in rich tomato creamy sauce.
It's an elegant dish you want to save for special occasions, and it doesn't require elaborate ingredients.
Top with fresh basil, grated parmesan, and parsley to enjoy!
25. Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese
Get your baking dish to make this delicious bacon mac and cheese made with very few ingredients.
These ingredients include pasta, bacon, white bread, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, milk, flour, butter, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper.
Bake till the cheese is bubbly, and the breadcrumbs are brown.
26. Whole Roast Chicken With Potatoes and Carrots
You might think roasting a whole chicken isn't what you want on a lazy Sunday, but you'd be very wrong!
This recipe takes just 15 minutes to assemble, and then it's up to your oven to deliver a delicious golden roast chicken.
Add russet potatoes and carrots to the dish, and you have a complete meal!
27. Oven-Baked Short Ribs
These short ribs are best prepared ahead of time so you can marinate them effectively for the best result.
Like roast chicken, this takes only ten minutes to assemble, and your oven is left to do the work.
You can incorporate as many ingredients as you want in your marinade, from cajun seasoning to BBQ sauce.
28. One-Pot Spicy Vegan Chili
This chili will provide you with comfort, flavors, and nutrients from its combination of ingredients.
Some of these ingredients include red kidney beans, diced tomatoes, celery stalks, diced tomatoes, and seasonings.
Serve this chili over rice or with an avocado to enjoy.
29. Creamy Tomato Shells
If you're feeling lazier than normal, then you definitely want to go for these creamy tomato shells.
It's made with only three ingredients, including pasta shells, creamy tomato sauce, and cashews.
You'll have it ready to serve and enjoy in less than 30 minutes!
30. Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
All you need to do is dump your ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do all the work!
These flavorful ingredients include quinoa, cream cheese, corn, enchilada sauce, beans, chilis, and enchilada sauce.
Top with sour cream, cilantro, or avocado, and enjoy!
31. Chicken Snap Pea Stir Fry
In just 25 minutes, you can have this delicious dinner made with fresh ginger, spring veggies, and homemade Asian sauce.
It's super healthy and gives you a profile of flavors that you'd enjoy to the last bite.
Serve over hot rice!
32. Slow Cooker Creole Chicken And Sausage
You virtually have to do nothing, with the slow cooker doing all the work for you.
Get your ingredients to dump in the slow cooker and let it cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
Serve over rice, and enjoy.
33. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki chicken is simply amazing with the delicious Teriyaki sauce that gives your dish a whole new depth.
As with the best crockpot recipes and slow-cooker meals, just put your ingredients in the slow cooker to cook for a few hours and serve to enjoy!
34. Honey Garlic Shrimp
This is a super-quick dinner option that pairs perfectly with veggies, brown rice, or salad.
The shrimp is marinated in soy sauce, garlic, and honey to deliver bold flavors to your palette.
Top the whole dish with green onions, and enjoy.
35. Manhattan Clam Chowder
With a cook time of 10 minutes, the Manhattan clam chowder concludes our list of easy Sunday dinner ideas.
It incorporates a few ingredients that combine to give an absolutely delicious hot bowl of chowder!
Takeaway On Sunday Dinner Recipes
These lazy Sunday dinner ideas will come in handy for occasions when you do not want to miss out on quality time with your family. They'll also serve excellently when you're too tired to make an elaborate dish.
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