Main Dishes and Entrées

Getting dinner on the table is easy with these main dishes and entrées. Recipes from our test kitchens professionals are designed to inspire – whether you are entertaining or cooking at home.

Staff Picks

Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Rating: Unrated
7
Slow cooking excels with this recipe. The beef slowly braises until it practically falls to shreds. Complete your sandwich with mozzarella or provolone cheese. Although it's great on sandwiches, the meat is also delicious over a baked potato topped with sour cream.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Celery Salsa

Ideal for buffalo chicken lovers, this enchilada bake is rich, creamy, and spicy, making it the perfect dinnertime indulgence.
By Nicole McLaughlin

Pasta Primavera with Mushrooms, Carrots, and Asparagus

Dinner just got easier and more delicious with this quick, flavorful pasta primavera. Whole-wheat noodles add complexity to the overall flavor of the dish, while tender vegetables add texture and color. Top with fresh basil and proscuitto before serving for a resaurant-worthy presentation that takes just 20 minutes. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Sheet Pan Orange Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans

Rating: Unrated
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Make Orange Chicken that's cheaper, fresher, and more delicious than Chinese take-out. Believe it or not, all you need is sheet pan to make sticky, orange-glazed chicken and crisp green beans. If you can't find French green beans, blanch regular green beans for 2 minutes, dry them, and proceed with the chili sauce. Don't skip broiling the dish at the end-- that's what quickly glazes the chicken and gives the green beans that irresistable crunchy-yet-tender texture. 
By Paige Grandjean

Spicy-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

In under 30 minutes, you can dress crispy bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar, paprika, and smoked red pepper for a dynamically delicious appetizer. This combinatioin of spicy, sweet, smooth, and crunchy will keep you grabbing for more.  
By Nicole McLaughlin

"Ham" for Two

Rating: Unrated
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Holiday ham leftovers take weeks to finish. Instead, prepare a basic one pound pork tenderloin just as you would prepare a ham. The result is a traditionally brined, brown-sugar-coated "ham" for two in just one day. It even comes out pink! This recipe uses pink brining salt from Williams Sonoma, but you could use Prague #1 instead. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Perfect Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Rating: Unrated
2
This beef tenderloin recipe is magic. The result is delicious enough for a special occasion, yet it is simple enough to be made on a weeknight. You can let the beef tenderloin chill for up to 24 hours, if desired. If you prefer medium, cook the tenderloin until it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees. Purchasing high quality meat will make all of the difference in the tenderness and flavor of the final product. Serve this main with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a glass of red  wine. 
By Robby Melvin

Orange Chicken Skewers with Jalapeño-Mint Yogurt Dip

Packed full of bright citrus flavor, this dish makes for a perfect fuss-free weeknight dinner. Feel free to make the creamy yogurt dip in advance to speed up the prep on this fast and fresh dinner even more. Tangy Greek yogurt and fresh mint are a refreshing balance to the heat of a jalapeño, but to tame the spice a bit more, simply remove the seeds of your jalapeño before dicing and stirring into the yogurt. This recipe serves 2, but is easily doubled to serve more (or if you want to make sure you have leftovers). If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in cold water prior to grilling. 
By The Food Gays

Meatloaf Bundt Cake

When you thought meatloaf couldn’t go more retro, we found a way. Spiced with Creole seasoning, garlic powder, and butter-coated vegetables, this meatloaf recipe finds it’s home in a bundt pan. This traditional recipe truly takes the cake and will be at the center of attention at any dinner party. And like any good cake, our meatloaf needs proper frosting and decor. Thus, we finished our tomato-glazed meatloaf bundt with a drizzle of gravy, freshly piped mashed potatoes, crispy onions, and a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley. Oh, and we filled the center with French onion dip… because it felt like the right thing to do. Dinner is served.
By Katherine Flynn

Cabernet-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Cooking short ribs in red wine delivers an unbelievably rich sauce perfect for spooning over noodles. Serve with a chunk of bakery bread so that you don't miss a drop of the delicious sauce. 

Penne Alla Vodka Pizza

You are sure to love this irresistible pie that combines 2 favorites: vodka pasta and homemade pizza. 
By Julia Levy

Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich with Horseradish Sauce

We are not thinkin' Arbys-- not after a roast beef sandich like this one. A classic creamy cheese sauce makes this sandwich super rich, while a horseradish sauce adds a kick. We love the onion bun, preferably bakery-made, but you could also use a pretzel bun instead. Make this sandwich the centerpiece of your Super Bowl Spread or serve along with beer and fries for a crowd-pleasing meal.  
By Robby Melvin

Inspiration and Ideas

55 Hearty Meals in a Bowl

Sometimes simplicity is the best solution. Treat yourself to a one-bowl meal (and we're not talking about soup) that mixes everything up in a great tumbled combination of awesome flavors.

Pastelón

This hearty and comforting dish is just like a savory lasagna made complete with delicious Latin spices. The flavor profile is slightly sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time, which culminates into one truly delicious flavor experience.  A great accompaniment to this dish would be to serve it with warm tortillas and a green salad. This warm and delicious dish is the epitome of a comfort food experience.