A white enamel pot with a blue rim with spaghetti, chili flakes, and oil in the bottom. A set of wooden tongs sits inside.
Deirdre Rooney
1 of 10

Spaghetti with Garlic and Chile Flakes

This simple spaghetti with garlic and chile flakes couldn’t be more simple. Just spaghetti, garlic, oil, and red pepper flakes. Great for lunch, snack, or a fast weeknight dinner.
A wooden cutting board with a rectangular plate and spoon on top, the plate has a mound of rice on the back half. On the front half, there's a pile of ground pork, basil, and peppers.
Lara Ferroni
2 of 10

Thai Pork

This Thai basil pork recipe is easy and slightly spicy and made with ground pork, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, Thai chiles, and basil. A quick weeknight dinner that’s cheaper and better than takeout.
A yellow and white pot filled with smoked salmon pasta and garnished with fresh chives.
Haarala Hamilton
3 of 10

Smoked Salmon Pasta

This smoked salmon pasta is a simple meal that creates lotsa flavor by easily tossing together spaghetti and smoked salmon with a lemon cream sauce. Did we mention it’s on the table in less than half an hour?
Two bowls, one filled with smoked paprika and chickpea soup, with a spoon resting inside, and the other bowl empty.
James Merrell
4 of 10

Smoked Paprika and Chickpea Soup

This is something to make in a hurry when you want a hearty, simple soup and don’t have any time or any stock. Don’t overdo the smoked paprika—it should exude a slightly smoky mystery to the soup, not the obvious taste of full-blown paprika.
Two pieces of breaded fish fillets sprinkled with salt on a grey plate with a portion of steamed broccoli and a fork.
Ditte Isager
5 of 10

Breaded Fish Fillets

These breaded fish fillets are coated in breadcrumbs and gently pan-fried in oil and butter until crispy, flaky, and golden. They’re as fast to make as the frozen boxed variety yet taste infinitely better.
A white platter with four pork chops with applesauce in a jar on the side and fried sage leaves sprinkled over the pork chops.
France Ruffenach
6 of 10

Pork Chops with Applesauce

Though delicious on its own, pork can be wonderfully accepting of flavor enhancers—fruit is the surprising and undeniable favorite.
A skillet filled with classic chicken piccata
7 of 10

Chicken Piccata

This chicken piccata, made with boneless chicken breasts cooked in a buttery lemon and caper sauce, is on the table in less than half an hour. Easy!
A pepper and egg sandwich on a wooden table with pieces of pepper and onion falling out.
Quentin Bacon
8 of 10

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

This pepper and egg sandwich is simply (and satisfyingly) scrambled eggs along with sweet bell peppers and onions and stuffed into bread. An Italian American staple perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between. Here’s how to make it.
A steak and arugula salad with pesto vinaigrette in a white bowl, with a wooden board and sliced steak next to it.
Suech and Beck
9 of 10

Steak and Arugula Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

This steak and arugula salad with pesto vinaigrette is an easy meal of peppery greens, pan-seared strip, shaved Parmesan, and a pesto dressing, that’s quick enough for a weeknight, yet special enough for guests.
A skillet filled with shrimp with chorizo and toasted bread slices on the side.
Jean Cazals
10 of 10

Shrimp with Chorizo

Shrimp with chorizo is startlingly simple, considering how impressive it is. Shrimp, smoky sausage, garlic, chile, and lemon come together in just about half an hour. Serve it as a main for 2, or share it as a tapas-style app.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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