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

Spicy-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Rating: 4 stars
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

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. 

Perfect Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Rating: 5 stars
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

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Rating: 5 stars
Sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and cream cheese make this cheese sauce ultra creamy, while hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce help round out the rich, cheesy flavors. This stovetop recipe will have you wondering why you ever enjoyed mac and cheese any other way. 
By Nicole McLaughlin

Pasta Primavera with Mushrooms, Carrots, and Asparagus

Rating: 1.5 stars
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: 4 stars
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

Butternut Squash Noodles

Rating: 4 stars
This dish tastes as good as it looks. You can purchase pre-spiralized squash noodles at many grocery stores, so don't worry if you don't have a spiralizer. Trust us, you won't miss the carbs with these easy butternut noodles.
By Karen Rankin

Master Turkey Meatloaf

This is the ultimate, foolproof, turkey meatloaf that is every kind of comforting that you would want a meatloaf to be. This just may be the only meatloaf recipe you'll ever need. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, but it's also gluten-free. This flavorful meatloaf features bacon for added flavor and richness, and includes a special factor with a trio of tomato sauces and condiments to create an updated version of the traditional meatloaf topper. To make this meal even better, try enjoying it on a sandwich the next day. 
By Adam Hickman

Easy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Celery Salsa

Rating: 5 stars
Ideal for buffalo chicken lovers, this enchilada bake is rich, creamy, and spicy, making it the perfect dinnertime indulgence.
By Nicole McLaughlin

Cheeseburger Omelet

Rating: 2 stars
Take all of the glory of a bacon cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions and served with French fries (and ketchup, of course), wrap all of it up in fluffy eggs, and pal, you have yourself one heck of a cheeseburger experience. This ridiculously delicious omelet is appropriate served at any hour of the day and is an excellent use for leftover burger fixin's, if you have them. Note: This recipe provides for 3 times as many burgers and caramelized onions as you'll need for a single omelet. If you don't use them for additional omelets, you can always enjoy the leftovers as regular ol' caramelized onion burgers. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Arugula Pesto Rice Noodle Salad

Light, fresh, and deliciously dynamic--this easy-to-make, vibrant salad is the perfect guilt-free meal for two. The flavoful homemade Arugula Pesto featured in this recipe comes together in a flash, but you can definitely substitute in a couple tablespoons of your favorite store-bought, prepared pesto if you're in a hurry. The recipe below yields about 1 cup of pesto, so you will have plenty left over to spruce up other meals during the week. Try spreading it over your favorite grilled protein, topping a pizza with it, or even enjoying it on a slice of hearty, whole-grain toast. 
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

Inspiration and Ideas

10+ Copycat Main Dishes to Satisfy Your Ultimate Restaurant Cravings
Try your hand at these copycat recipes, including Chick-Fil-A's Chicken Sandwich, McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, and Panera Bread's Summer Corn Chowder.
15 Easy Dump Dinners That Scream "Fall"
From hearty slow-cooked soups and stews to satisfying sheet pan suppers, these simple, fall-friendly recipes practically cook themselves.  

Asian Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3 stars

Serve these saucy chicken thighs over cooked noodles with a side of steamed broccoli for a well-rounded meal. Finishing the chicken thighs in the broiler to ensure a crispy outside and juicy on the inside.