Weeknight Winners®

These recipes aren’t all 30-or-fewer-minute meals, although many of them take no time at all. But these are all recipes that REAL home cooks make with REAL ingredients. None of those dump ‘n stir ditties that use 90% packaged ingredients with unpronounceable ingredients. They’re just as quick but infinitely more satisfying.

2 hot turkey sandwiches, sliced in half on a tray with pieces of cranberry, avocado, and stuffing lying beside them.

Hot Turkey Sandwich

So crazily satisfying you may just find yourself making Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year.

Quick cacio e pepe in a large black serving bowl beside a bowl of shredded cheese and a bowl of black pepper.

Quick Cacio e Pepe

Dinner doesn’t get any easier or more elegant than pasta tossed with butter, olive oil, Parmesan and pecorino Romano cheeses, and dusted with lots of black pepper.

A pot of smooth mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

Almond flounder meunière in a wooden serving dish topped with sliced almonds and lemon wedges on the side.

Almond Flounder Meunière

Made with both almonds and brown butter, this little number from Dorie Greenspan is the love child of sole amandine and sole meunière.

Tagliatelle with lemon on a large serving pate beside a smaller plate with noodles being twirled on a fork. Next to it, there are more forks and some lemons.

Tagliatelle with Lemon

This is one of those recipes where the results far outshine the amount of effort. Hungry and in a hurry? Get ready to have your mind blown.

Lemon salmon piccata, 2 pieces, in a metal pan with slices of lemon, pan sauce, garnished with garlic and capers.

Lemon Salmon Piccata

Salmon piccata for 2 is a recipe for love–the love of good food, natch. A pan sauce of white wine, lemon, and capers provides the perfect finishing touch.