Low-Maintenance Dinner Recipes

on June 22, 2011

Pappardelle Pasta with Okra

Pappardelle comes from the Latin "papare," which means to "gobble up." And that's just what you'll be doing in less than 10 minutes after a quick boil for the pasta in this seasonal, summery dish.

No Cook Pasta Sauce

Find a farmers' market or produce stand as fast as you can, because you can only make this delicious dish in the summer, when juicy tomatoes are at their ripest.

Pizza Puttanesca

Need to feed a passel of pint-sizers as well as adults in a hurry? Pizza is a no-brainer. This recipe uses a ready-made crust as a time-shaving step.

Teresa's Frittata

You say frittata; we say, dinner . Red peppers, velvety Yukon Gold potatoes and nutty Gruyére cheese add flavor and texture to this easy egg dish.

Asparagus Parmesan Tart

No fresh asparagus to be found? Try jarred roasted red peppers, slivered onion, and crumbled Italian turkey sausage instead—or grilled veggies of choice. This easy-does-it tart is adaptable, convenient and a perfect, doable dish for unexpected dinner guests.

Blackened Salmon with Cilantro Creme Fraiche

If you don't have creme fraiche on-hand, substitute table crema or sour cream in this spicy salmon.

Peas and Gnocchi

Fresh garden peas, lettuce and potatoey gnocchi are an unexpected combination—but a yummy one. Frozen gnocchi makes this lovely dish to easy too pass up.

Shrimp with Arugula Salad

Shrimp, crisp arugula, creamy avocado and grapefruit are a winning combo for a simple summer salad.

Spicy Udon Noodles

Even with a hoisin sauce you mix yourself, prep time is still only 5 minutes on this 7-minute Asian noodle dish.

Mock Crab Cakes

An over-abundance of zucchini begs for clever recipes. This one—a mock crab cake of sorts—will please even the most ardent non-vegetarian at dinner.