Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The simple, fast Italian weeknight dinners I turn to time and time again. - Giada De Laurentiis

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Fall is all about those hearty, comforting dishes, full of warming spices and vibrant seasonal vegetables. If your mind goes immediately to the all time-consuming Thanksgiving feast, think again. There are plenty of easy weeknight dinners for fall that require minimal effort. Our mantra: either set it and forget it in the oven, or simplify it altogether! Case and point, turn to these 12 easy weeknight recipes for fall from Giada for a better season ahead. Now, happy (and cozy) cooking!

12 Easy Weeknight Dinners For Fall - Giadzy

Fall is all about those hearty, comforting dishes, full of warming spices and vibrant seasonal vegetables. If your mind goes immediately to the all time-consuming Thanksgiving feast, think again. There are plenty of easy weeknight dinners for fall that require minimal effort. Our mantra: either set it and forget it in the oven, or simplify it altogether! Case and point, turn to these 12 easy weeknight recipes for fall from Giada for a better season ahead. Now, happy (and cozy) cooking!

Who says meat and potatoes have to be boring? Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish that is best known as a specialty in Chicago. It’s such a great comforting dish that actually brings on a ton of flavor, thanks in part to the wine and the dried herbs. I also love that it’s all made in just one pan – it doesn’t get much better than that. Chicken Thigh Recipes, Yummy Chicken Recipes, Yum Yum Chicken, Turkey Recipes, Giada Recipes, Lunch Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Italian Dishes, Italian Recipes

Giada De Laurentiis' Chicken Vesuvio Recipe - Giadzy

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3 reviews
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1 hour
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Who says meat and potatoes have to be boring? Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish that is best known as a specialty in Chicago. It’s such a great comforting dish that actually brings on a ton of flavor, thanks in part to the wine and the dried herbs. I also love that it’s all made in just one pan – it doesn’t get much better than that.

This one-pot dinner is a perfect weeknight meal for two. Pizzaiola is a brightly flavored tomato sauce that gets flavored similarly to pizza with a variety of herbs. I use it as a quick sauce for all kinds of protein, from chicken sliders to meatballs and everything in between! Giada Recipes, Pork Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Pork Bacon, Chicken Sliders, Easy Weeknight Dinners, Pork Dishes, Cocktails

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola - Giadzy

This one-pot dinner is a perfect weeknight meal for two. Pizzaiola is a brightly flavored tomato sauce that gets flavored similarly to pizza with a variety of herbs. I use it as a quick sauce for all kinds of protein, from chicken sliders to meatballs and everything in between!

I like using turkey in place of beef for this meatloaf to lighten it up a bit, but there’s no sacrificing flavor here! This meatloaf is studded with salty feta cheese and sweet briney sundried tomatoes to give it loads of satisfying texture – and it tastes great. It makes excellent leftovers too – just sear up the slices in a pan with a little olive oil! Giada Recipes, Meal Recipes, Chef Recipes, Turkey Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Turkey Meatloaf, Meat Loaf

Giada's Turkey Meatloaf With Feta And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I like using turkey in place of beef for this meatloaf to lighten it up a bit, but there’s no sacrificing flavor here! This meatloaf is studded with salty feta cheese and sweet briney sundried tomatoes to give it loads of satisfying texture – and it tastes great. It makes excellent leftovers too – just sear up the slices in a pan with a little olive oil!

Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and Valerie Bertinelli AKA The Three Italian Chicks! This recipe is a perfect example of how a dish can be hearty comfort food, but still remain light and not weigh you down. It’s a pantry meal at its finest, with canned chickpeas and tomatoes on the forefront. Giada Recipes, Meal Recipes, Paleo Recipes, Valerie Bertinelli, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, Paleo Food, Baked Chicken Recipes, Recipes, Chicken

Giada's Chicken with Chickpea & Tomato Ragu

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3 reviews
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40 minutes
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Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and Valerie Bertinelli AKA The Three Italian Chicks! This recipe is a perfect example of how a dish can be hearty comfort food, but still remain light and not weigh you down. It’s a pantry meal at its finest, with canned chickpeas and tomatoes on the forefront.

Olive tapenade adds a ton of bright, briney flavor to this dish with almost no effort – and if you just have green olives on hand, you could give those a chop and throw them in instead. Canned tuna is always a really handy ingredient in any pantry, and the addition of protein is always welcome! Giada Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Dinner Entrees, Cooking Gadgets, Tuna Pasta, Tapenade

Giada's Pantry Pasta With Tuna & Olive Tapenade

Olive tapenade adds a ton of bright, briney flavor to this dish with almost no effort – and if you just have green olives on hand, you could give those a chop and throw them in instead. Canned tuna is always a really handy ingredient in any pantry, and the addition of protein is always welcome!

There’s no rolling, breading, or fuss required in this chicken cordon bleu! It couldn’t be easier, and better yet – it’s all in one pan. Dinner in 15, sorted!
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Giada's Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

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1 review
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15 minutes
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There’s no rolling, breading, or fuss required in this chicken cordon bleu! It couldn’t be easier, and better yet – it’s all in one pan. Dinner in 15, sorted!

Turn all the flavors of a cacciatore into a great tasty marinade, and then roast the marinated chicken on a sheet pan to speed up the cooking time. Marinate the chicken in the morning, and since it only needs 30 minutes in the oven, this is totally doable for a weeknight. It’s even better served over bread salad (as they do at San Francisco’s famed Zuni Café). Giada Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Cooking Time, Sheet Pan Suppers, Chicken Wing Recipes, One Pot Meals, Turkey Recipes

Giada's Italian Sheet Pan Chicken

Turn all the flavors of a cacciatore into a great tasty marinade, and then roast the marinated chicken on a sheet pan to speed up the cooking time. Marinate the chicken in the morning, and since it only needs 30 minutes in the oven, this is totally doable for a weeknight. It’s even better served over bread salad (as they do at San Francisco’s famed Zuni Café).

One big skillet of comfort, coming right up. Pasta alla Gricia is one of the quintessential pasta dishes of Rome, and what makes it so fantastic is how simple it is. Just 5 ingredients total – and one of those is just black pepper! Giada Recipes, Yummy Pasta Recipes, Healthy Dinner Recipes, Great Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Favorite Recipes, Healty Dinner, Recipe Ideas, Easy Recipes

Giada's Creamy Pasta Alla Gricia

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1 review
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35 minutes
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One big skillet of comfort, coming right up. Pasta alla Gricia is one of the quintessential pasta dishes of Rome, and what makes it so fantastic is how simple it is. Just 5 ingredients total – and one of those is just black pepper!

This chicken gets tons of flavor from honey, lemon, garlic and Dijon mustard – and after letting it hangout anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, it tastes so amazing. For another element that adds a lot of flavor, I made a bed of onions, fennel and rosemary for the chicken to sit on top of while it roasts. Turkey Dishes, Turkey Recipes, Meat Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Recipies, Giada Recipes, Entree Recipes

Giada's Lemon Honey Dijon Chicken

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5 reviews
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60 minutes
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This chicken gets tons of flavor from honey, lemon, garlic and Dijon mustard – and after letting it hangout anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, it tastes so amazing. For another element that adds a lot of flavor, I made a bed of onions, fennel and rosemary for the chicken to sit on top of while it roasts.

Olive tapenade adds a ton of bright, briney flavor to this dish with almost no effort – and if you just have green olives on hand, you could give those a chop and throw them in instead. Canned tuna is always a really handy ingredient in any pantry, and the addition of protein is always welcome! Giada Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Dinner Entrees, Cooking Gadgets, Tuna Pasta, Tapenade

Giada's Pantry Pasta With Tuna & Olive Tapenade

Olive tapenade adds a ton of bright, briney flavor to this dish with almost no effort – and if you just have green olives on hand, you could give those a chop and throw them in instead. Canned tuna is always a really handy ingredient in any pantry, and the addition of protein is always welcome!

The secret to this chicken? The super flavorful marinade, all from pantry ingredients! Yummy Chicken Recipes, Yum Yum Chicken, Turkey Recipes, Giada Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Honey Dijon Chicken, Soy Chicken, Happiness Quotes, Wisdom Quotes

Honey Dijon Chicken Thighs

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3 reviews
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55 minutes
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The secret to this chicken? The super flavorful marinade, all from pantry ingredients!

This tasty chicken marinade is purely made of pantry ingredients, and adds tons of flavor while keeping it simple and easy. Giada Recipes, Paleo Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Chicken Meals, Chicken Recipes, Food Dishes, Main Dishes, Healthy Meals, Healthy Eating

Giada's Easy Pantry Chicken

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3 reviews
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55 minutes
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This tasty chicken marinade is purely made of pantry ingredients, and adds tons of flavor while keeping it simple and easy. - Giada De Laurentiis #easychicken #chicken

Giada’s Easy Lemon and Oregano Chicken This is an incredibly easy go-to marinated chicken that serves as a great protein to go along with virtually any pasta or vegetable side dish! Giada Recipes, Cooking Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Tasty Dinner Recipes, Turkey Dishes, Turkey Recipes, Oregano Chicken, Crockpot, Protein

Giada's Easy Lemon and Oregano Chicken

This is an incredibly easy go-to marinated chicken that serves as a great protein to go along with virtually any pasta or vegetable side dish! - Giada De Laurentiis

It's no wonder rice, oats and grains were the first go to at the grocery stores! Giada Recipes, Fun Recipes, Rice Recipes, Easy Dinner Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Awesome Food, Good Food, Yummy Food, Easy Weeknight Dinners

Giada's Easy Pantry Recipes With Rice, Oats and Grains

It’s no wonder rice and grains are one of the first pantry staples people think to stock up on- they last for years on the shelf if they’re stored properly, and you can make such a wide variety of dishes from them. While we could most certainly get by eating plain rice, why not jazz it up? We’ve gathered some of our favorite rice and grain recipes here, so you can still enjoy flavorful food during this time.

Canned and dried beans are some of the most commonly stocked pantry staples – here are some clever recipes, ideas and inspo on ways to use them! Giada Recipes, Fun Recipes, Easy Dinner Recipes, Dinners To Make, Easy Weeknight Dinners, Quick Easy Meals, Healthy Meals, Healthy Eating, Healthy Recipes

Giada's Easy Pantry Recipe Ideas With Canned And Dry Beans

Canned and dried beans are some of the most commonly stocked pantry staples – here are some clever recipes, ideas and inspo on ways to use them!