Weeknight Winners®

These aren’t 30-or-fewer-minute meals, although many of them take no time at all. These are dishes that real cooks make. None of those dump ‘n stir ditties that use 90% store-bought ingredients. Bottom line: They’re just as quick but infinitely more tasty.

Several halves of tomato Provençal on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Tomatoes Provençal

Is there anything as sweetly satisfying as heirloom tomatoes eaten raw over the sink? Probably not. But when you tire of that, there’s always this deeply satiating tactic.

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A small bowl of lemon wedges and two white bowls of deep purple summer borscht with a dollop or sour cream and sprinkling of chives in each.

Summer Borscht

An easy and elegant version of the traditional Russian winter soup that’s refreshing (and healthy) as heck.

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A white bowl filled with spaghetti topped with bread crumbs and a chunk of pecorino beside the bowl.

Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

Bet you’ve already got everything you need for this frugal pantry pasta. All you need now is 15 minutes to pull it together.

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A bowl of easy gazpacho with ice cubes floating in it on a silver plate with a spoon and a few crostini.

Easy Gazpacho

Perhaps the easiest gazpacho recipe ever, this Spanish classic will have you swearing off takeout all summer long.

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  • 4
An oval platter topped with a tangle of spaghetti and raw tomatoes with a fork and spoon resting in the pasta.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

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An open plastic bag of homemade pancake mix with a mug for scooping and an ice cream scoop on the side for the batter.

Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade buttermilk pancakes can be yours any day of the week thanks to a stash of this handy DIY pancake mix.

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  • 10 M
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A white plate filled with tomato and feta salad with small bowls of freshly ground pepper, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side.

Tomato and Feta Salad

A cleverly engineered salad made with everyday ingredients in a slightly unconventional fashion. No PhD required.

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Two plates topped with kimchi fried rice and nori flakes, one with a fried egg and the other with sliced avocado.

Kimchi Fried Rice

An ingenious clean-out-the-fridge creation in disguise that’s gonna upend your notion of leftovers.

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A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

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  • 2
A rimmed baking sheet with fish in parchment and a fish spatula resting beside it.

Fish in Parchment

Drama. Intrigue. Aroma. Ease. These, too, can be part of your weeknight routine with this simple, surprising tactic to cooking fish.

  • 15 M
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