70 Dinner Recipes The Kids Of Delish Readers Are *Actually* Asking For

tortillas filled with meat and cheese on a sheet pan
70 Dinner Recipes for KidsPHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

We know as much as anyone that making dinner for kids is no easy task. They love what they love, and that often means parents turning into short-order cooks. But no exaggeration, these easy kid-friendly dinners are so good that we've even found ourselves stealing a few bites. And no, these recipes aren’t all variations on mac & cheese or pizza either (but don't worry, we’ve got some favorites in there too). We’ve found if you’re lucky, you can shake kids up by introducing something new (but familiar!) to dinnertime. Avoid the headache and check out all 70 of these quick and easy dinner ideas for kids, and maybe even pick up the Delish Kids (Super-Awesome, Crazy-Fun, Best-Ever) Cookbook?!

Cooking for kids can be a… conundrum. But what's true is that kids and parents alike love a handheld, like our baked salmon sushi cups or our mac & cheese pizza bites—because who doesn’t love food in miniature? We know, we know, kids sometimes don’t like green food, like our zucchini tots or falafel bites, but have them help you make them, and they’ll quickly get on board. When all else fails, don’t fight it, and give the kids what they want. If yours are anything like ours, that means lots of grilled cheese, buttered noodles, and hot dogs (check out our campfire hot dog skewers for a cute twist).

Less time stressing over what your kids will or won’t eat in the kitchen means more time to enjoy, well, kids being kids. Get even more ideas with our easy dessert recipes for kids too!

Beef & Broccoli Ramen

Ramen noodles are king in the ingredient hack department. We've turned them into everything from breakfast to carbonara, but this take on classic beef & broccoli might be our favorite. Thinly sliced steak and tender broccoli join those unmistakable noodles in a savory ginger soy sauce for an all-in-one dinner your family will love.

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beef and broccoli ramen in a pan
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Pizzadillas

This isn't just a quesadilla filled with mozz and pepperoni. It's topped with the works and looks just like an actual pizza. Plus, it's so easy to make at home.

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quesadillas that look like pizzas
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Mexican Beef 'N' Rice Skillet

Is there anything better than a one-skillet meal? We don’t think so, particularly if it’s as family-friendly and quick as this one, featuring spiced ground beef, flavorful rice, hearty beans, and lots of cheese. It all comes together in just 40 minutes with minimal prep too!

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mexican beef 'n rice skillet topped with melty cheese and cilantro
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Sheet-Pan Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a classic late-night snack or easy dinner, but when we need to serve a crowd, we bring out the sheet pan. This hack makes cooking quesadillas for a crowd easier than ever. In just around an hour, you'll have a cheesy, crowd-pleasing meal that is sure to satisfy.

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tortillas filled with meat and cheese on a sheet pan
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Mac & Cheese Pizza Bites

Held together by pepperoni, these mac & cheese bites are a pizza lover's dream. Creamy mac, pepperoni, and plenty of Parm combine to create a best-of-both-worlds treat. We bake this kid pleaser in muffin tins to make things easy too—less mess and just the right size for little hands.

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mac and cheese with pepperonis in a muffin tin shape
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Sloppy Joe Casserole

This sloppy Joe casserole is where. it’s. AT. Cozy? Check! Meaty? Check! Buttery carbs and cheese? Check and check! This hearty casserole has plenty of peppers and onions, lots of sauce, and so much flavor too. More than just delicious, this casserole is flexible, freezable, and ready to serve on a busy weeknight for dinner.

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casserole dish with sloppy joe mixture topped with mini buns and melted cheese
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Turkey Lavash Wraps

Filled with a zingy dill-arugula salad, sliced turkey, roasted red peppers, and crunchy cucumbers, and sealed with a creamy goat cheese spread, these wraps are exactly the kind of colorful meal we crave to brighten up our weekdays.

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tortilla wrap with turkey, spinach, cucumbers, and red peppers
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Indian Butter Chickpeas

Looking for your new favorite way to dress up a can of chickpeas? You’re in the right place. Simmered in an aromatic tomato gravy, this vegetarian spin on classic butter chicken will forever change the way you (and your kids) look at a can of beans.

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indian butter chickpeas and rice in a bowl with pita
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Baked Salmon Sushi Cups

Making sushi at home can be intimidating (both for adults and for kids!), what with making sushi rice, rolling it up just right, and dealing with raw fish. With these baked salmon sushi cups, you can skip all that but still get all the flavors of your favorite roll.

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baked salmon sushi cups sprinkled with sesame seeds
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Hamburger Casserole

We’ll say it: A cheeseburger is one of the most perfect foods on Earth. It can be hard to replicate the perfection of a restaurant-quality burger in the comfort of your own home, but this recipe captures the same magic in the form of an easy weeknight casserole.

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a casserole dish filled with elbow macaroni, ground beef, and a creamy sauce
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

These highlight everyone's favorite part of grilled cheeses—the crispy, cheesy edge bits. Discover all the other ingenious recipes you can make in your waffle maker.

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waffle grilled cheeses
LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

We already have a copycat of CPK's classic BBQ chicken pizza, but sometimes we can't be bothered with pizza dough. Enter: the BBQ chicken French bread pizza. This recipe combines the uniquely sweet and savory flavor of the BBQ chicken pizza with the ease of a Stouffer’s-style French bread pizza. 😍

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a loaf of french bread sliced in half and topped with shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, cheese, red onions, and cilantro
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Campfire Hot Dog Skewers

In this recipe, we layer cut up hot dogs, bell peppers, pineapple, and onions on skewers before basting with a homemade sweet-tangy BBQ sauce and grill until charred and caramelized. The result is a slightly sweet, summer-worthy skewer made to be served at any BBQ, camping trip, or casual summer dinner.

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grilled skewers with sliced hot dogs, pineapple, red bell peppers basted with a bbq sauce
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Taco Spaghetti

This is a fast-as-can-be weeknight dinner that pairs all your favorite taco fixin’s with spaghetti rather than taco shells. It's perfect for those nights when you just cannot stand the thought of a sink full of dirty dishes, because everything here comes together in one pot!

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taco spaghetti
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Ranch Chicken Potato Casserole

If your kids are shaking or drizzling ranch over everything they can, this hearty and comforting casserole is for you. It's packed with juicy seasoned chicken, creamy potatoes, and just enough broccoli to be virtuous before being crowned with gooey cheddar and crispy bread crumbs.

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chicken with potatoes, broccoli, melted cheese, and drizzled with ranch in a casserole dish
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Orange Chicken

If your kids just can't get enough of the classic Panda Express dish, this copycat recipe will be a game-changer. Ready in under an hour with all of the same sweet and savory flavors you love, staying in for weeknight dinner has never been easier.

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orange chicken
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Frittata

Quiche’s less-fussy cousin, frittatas are the answer to almost every meal dilemma. Looking to get creative with your leftovers? Veggies going bad in your fridge? Home late and craving a simple breakfast-for-dinner recipe? Say it with us: frittata, frittata, frittata.

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frittata with spinach mushrooms and ricotta
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: FRANCESCA ZANI

Smash Burgers

Super-thin patties and crispy edges are the draw of a these burgers. The patty is so thin, it’s almost impossible to dry out because it cooks so quickly, and cooking two patties for each burger gives you more of those lacey edges. Pile these with all your fave burger toppings, or keep 'em simple, like we did here.

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PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN: FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard–Pretzel Chicken

In our opinion, the crunchier, the better. Which is why pretzels make the perfect chicken coating for these nuggets. The obvious and best dipping sauce? Honey mustard, of course. It's a MUST.

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sheet pan honey mustard pretzel chicken
Hearst Owned

Pepperoni Pizza Biscuit Skillet

Forget stretching out pizza dough. To prepare this recipe, pop open a can of biscuits and separate it into individual biscuits. All you have to do is cut each one into 6 pieces and toss with some pizza sauce, mozzarella, chopped up pepperoni, fresh basil, and there you go!

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biscuits with cheese, pepperoni, and marinara in a skillet
PHOTO: RYAN LIEBE; FOOD STYLING BARRETT WASHBURNE

Creamy Peanut-Lime Chicken With Noodles

Who can resist rice noodles bathed in an abundance of sweet and creamy peanut butter sauce? Plus, these noodles are easier to make at home than one might think. The trick is getting everything in order before starting to cook. With all the prep behind you, the dish comes together in a snap!

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chicken with noodles and carrots in a creamy peanut lime sauce topped with peanuts
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Black Bean Tostadas

We keep these simple with just five ingredients, but you can always add additional toppings like corn salsa, avocado ranch, or endless crunchy veggies like radishes or pickled red onions. Chef's choice!

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black bean tostadas
Lucy schaeffer

Ramen Carbonara

Craving carbonara, but also in need of a cheap and easy dinner (that the whole family can get behind)? Instant ramen is here to save the day. We add the classic creamy sauce with crispy bacon to our noodles for a weeknight dinner in just around 30 minutes that tastes like you spent the whole day in the kitchen.

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ramen noodles with bacon and creamy carbonara sauce topped with parmesan cheese
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE

Chicken Nugget Parm Casserole

Craving chicken Parm but not in the mood for all the time it requires to prepare this labor of love dish? Opt for our chicken nugget Parmesan casserole instead. This comforting dish has all the cheesy flavor you know and crave, but with simple shortcuts to cut down on all that cooking time (and effort).

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chicken nugget parm casserole
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Cheeseburger Cups

We love using muffin tins for genius hacks like this. The "cups" are pieces of white bread that get molded and then filled with a ground beef mixture that tastes just like a cheeseburger. Don't forget to drizzle with your favorite condiments and top with a pickle chip.

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cheeseburger cups
Hearst Owned

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

This Buffalo chicken wrap is just as easy to customize as it is to make. Feel free to adjust the spices to add more or less heat, swap out the slaw for lettuce, the blue cheese sauce with ranch dressing, or use cauliflower or tofu instead of meat.

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buffalo chicken wrap
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Baked Falafel Bites with Spicy Tahini Dip

These are delicious as is, but you can also stuff them into a wrap or pita with your kid's fave veggies for a more substantial meal.

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herby baked falafel bites with spicy mint tahini dip
Emily hlavac green

Beef Taquitos

Tired of the flimsy, flavorless taquitos in the freezer section? You’ve come to the right place. Taquito literally means lil’ taco, and these are usually fried until crispity-crunchy. To keep this cheap, simple, and less messy, we turned to ground beef for the filling and included an option for baking the taquitos instead of frying them.

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pickled jalapeno spiked ground beef and a blend of cheddar and pepper jack cheese rolled in a corn tortilla and baked or fried until crispy
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Chicken Quesadillas

For our chicken quesadillas, we use a combination of Monterey jack and cheddar, but you can substitute any melty cheese you prefer. Our biggest piece of advice: Don't worry about cheese spilling onto the pan. Those crispy, verging on burnt bits (aka frico) add an unparalleled salty, fatty crunch.

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chicken quesadillas
Ethan calabrese

Garlic Bread-Topped Chicken Pot Pie

Nothing is more comforting than chicken pot pie topped with a buttery crust. Swap out the crust for garlic bread, though, and now we are really talking. The top gets golden and crunchy, while underneath, the texture comes out more like dumplings. 😍

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garlic bread topped chicken pot pie
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

French Bread Pizza

Craving homemade pizza, but don’t want to deal with finicky pizza dough? Skip it altogether, and grab the nearest loaf of French bread instead. The loaf makes for a delicious pizza “crust” that will get crispy on the outside while staying nice and soft on the inside. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

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french bread pizza
JOEL GOLDBERG

Copycat Olive Garden Meatballs

Aside from their signature breadsticks and their creamy zuppa toscana, one of Olive Garden’s most iconic dishes is their meatballs. Sauced in bright marinara and perched atop a glossy mound of spaghetti, they transform into a showstopping entrée that still manages to deliver those down-home comfort food vibes.

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copycat olive garden meatballs with spaghetti on a platter
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

One-Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

Looking for a hearty vegetarian weeknight dinner? Our smoky vegetarian chili mac is here to save the day! It all comes together in one pot, and it's SUPER versatile. Throw in your favorite bean and pasta shape, melt in your favorite cheese, and top with whatever else you like (as long as it's crunchy!).

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JOEL GOLDBERG

Ravioli Lasagna

Italian night is just so better when your two favorite pasta dishes are combined. In this case, we layer meat sauce, store-bought ravioli, and tons of melty mozzarella with ricotta.

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ravioli lasagna
Parker Feierbach

Zucchini Tater Tots

These are a great way to sneak extra veggies into the tater tots you already know your kid (and maybe you!) loves. These would also be killer in a tater tot casserole.

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zucchini tater tots
LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

Sloppy Joe Meatball Bake

Meatballs don’t take the sloppy out of sloppy Joes, they just turn it into a whole new form. Trust us—these little ones are just as delicious as the original ground beef version. Cheesy, hefty, and super-saucy, this skillet dish also comes together in just under an hour, making it the perfect anytime meal.

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sloppy joe meatball bake
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Think the crispiest chicken sandwich is only available at the drive-thru? Think again! We can’t believe how golden and juicy these cutlets turn out in the air fryer. They’re great in sandwich form but would be just as good on top of a chopped salad or sliced over rice.

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air fryer crispy chicken sandwich
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI

Mac & Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

Here’s one way to get more veggies into picky eaters’ mouths: Score and scoop out zucchini pulp, chop, and cook it down with spices into a cream sauce, then incorporate it into good ol’ kid-approved mac & cheese.

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mac and cheese stuffed zucchini
Andrew bui

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta

The broccoli is in no way hidden, but it's still a great way to sneak in an extra serving of greens to this grown-up mac and cheese. Even the pickiest of eaters will eat their vegetables if they're coated in cheese.

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broccoli cheddar pasta in a navy blue dutch oven
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

Meatloaf

For some, meatloaf might be a comfort food from childhood; for others, a reliable weeknight dinner. Whatever it is for you, one thing is for sure: Your go-to recipe should be simple and dependable, but also packed with flavor to keep you (and your family and guests) coming back for more. THIS is that recipe.

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meatloaf sliced and topped with rosemary
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of the world’s most beloved comfort foods. Chunks of juicy chicken mingle with carrots, celery, and tender egg noodles in a deep, savory broth for a soup that will transport you right back to Grandma’s table after just one spoonful.

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chicken noodle soup with carrots and egg noodles
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Summer Bowtie Pasta and Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake

Because we believe that summer dinners should be both quick and easy, this skillet pasta dinner requires just 8 ingredients. Let the end of summer season be your guide to this dish, using whatever veggies you have on hand.

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summer bowtie pasta and chicken sausage skillet bake
Andrew bui

Flatbread Pizzas

Homemade pizza is super-delicious, but it takes a bit of time and special attention. These flatbread pizzas come together MUCH faster, they're fun to customize with the kids, and they're just as cheesy and flavorful as the classic version.

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two flatbread pizzas on a wooden cutting board
PARKER FEIERBACH

Air Fryer Cheeseburger

With the quick cook time, these burgers stay perfectly juicy and basically beg for a melty slice of cheese. Load it up with your favorite toppings and feel like the burger master you are, without all the smoke in your face.

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air fryer cheeseburger
Emily hlavac green

TikTok Ramen

Have fun customizing these ramen noodles with your favorite veggies and toppings. Try using frozen peas or halved snow peas in place of the bell pepper and carrot. Skip the egg and top with seared chicken or tofu and try the whole thing topped with a smattering of everything bagel seasoning.

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tiktok ramen
Joel Goldberg

Baked Popcorn Chicken

Skip the freezer aisle selection and make your own popcorn chicken right at home! This easy recipe comes complete with a honey mustard dipping sauce, but feel free to serve with whatever sauce your family likes best.

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baked popcorn chicken
Parker Feierbach

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

Why were we ever making sloppy Joes without cheese to begin with? And as if these couldn't get better, the bread is buttered and grilled just like your favorite grilled cheese.

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sloppy joe grilled cheese
Ethan calabrese

Pizza Casserole

From the realms of cheesy pizza and bubbling baked pasta comes a new family favorite: pizza casserole. Loaded with sausage, veggies, and plenty of cheese, this easy weeknight dinner has all of the cheesy, tomato-filled goodness of our favorite take-out pizza, neatly packaged in a 13"-by-9" pan.

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pizza casserole
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Parm

How do you improve upon the *perfection* that is classic chicken parm? Stuff it with even MORE cheese! It might sound overly indulgent, but trust us when we say that it's juuust right.

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mozzarella stuffed chicken parm
Parker feierbach

Chicken Taco Tortilla Hack

Another truly genius TikTok recipe! This one involves a simple trick of folding your tortilla to create a wrap that will give you a perfect bite all throughout. Each bite will be crispy, cheesy, and include all of the toppings. And it all stays inside the wrap!

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chicken taco tortilla hack
Lucy schaeffer

Lasagna Soup

With its sheets of wavy pasta, dollops of Parmesan-enriched ricotta cheese, and chunks of golden brown Italian sausage, lasagna soup laughs in the face of basic noodle soup. It's easy to see why: Pretty hard to compete with a steaming bowl of soup that contains all the best parts of classic baked lasagna.

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lasagna soup
Lucy schaeffer

Homemade Mac & Cheese

In our book, the perfect macaroni & cheese recipe has to nail three things: be extra creamy, plenty cheesy, and paired with a golden, crunchy topping. This tried-and-true recipe aces all of these requirements (and more!) with flying colors, so put that blue box back on the shelf.

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homemade mac and cheese baked with breadcrumbs
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Chicken Fried Rice

If you have leftover rice hanging out in your fridge, then classic fried rice is a no-brainer. There are countless ways to bulk up this staple dinner, from beef fried rice to kimchi fried rice to pineapple fried rice, but you can never go wrong with classic chicken.

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fried rice with chicken, egg, peas, carrots, and green onion
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Goulash

We love that everything in this recipe cooks in one pan—even the macaroni! Once you cook pasta this way, you’ll never go back to boiling water again. (For another recipe that uses this hack, check out our Italian mac 'n' cheese—it’s one of our all-time favorites!).

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elbow macaroni in a tomato sauce
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE

Four-Cheese Gnocchi Bake

This baked pasta recipe doesn't require any pre-boiling of your gnocchi—simply make your cream sauce, pour it over the gnocchi, and bake!

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four cheese gnocchi bake
Parker feierbach

Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini

Adding all the best parts of a classic lasagna to zucchini is one of our fave ways to sneak in some vegetables for the kiddos. Get the whole family involved, and let the kids stuff their own zucchini boat!

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lasagna stuffed zucchini
Parker feierbach

Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

If youR kids can't get enough of the flavor combo of saucy BBQ, tender chicken and creamy ranch, then you'll go crazy for this homemade version. Our twist? We bake the pizza in an oven-safe skillet, resulting in an extra-crispy crust.

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bbq chicken skillet pizza
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Best Grilled Cheese

Choose your favorite hearty bread, butter it up, and shred your favorite cheddar for the best grilled cheese ever: crispy-crunchy on the outside, melty, cheddar middle, and the world's most impressive cheese pull.

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best grilled cheese
Parker Feierbach

Chili Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese remains one of our favorite meals no matter how old we get. This chili mac changes things up a bit and makes this a heftier meal that's very shareable. Make it all year round, in just 30 minutes.

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chili mac and cheese
Parker feierbach

Chicken Flautas

Made with shredded chicken wrapped in flour tortillas and then pan-fried, flautas are somewhere between taquitos and chimichangas. They're also super versatile—you can use rotisserie chicken, cheddar, and queso blanco like we have here, or change it up with what you prefer or have at home.

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chicken flautas
Joel Goldberg

Perfect Buttered Noodles

Noodles with butter is the perfectly simple and always comforting dish of our childhood that we never grew out of. You can really use whatever cheese you'd like too. If using softer cheeses like mozzarella or cheddar, add them right when the noodles are piping hot so they can melt smooth right away.

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buttered noodles
Parker feierbach

Tuna Noodle Casserole

If you're a '90s kid, it's likely that cheesy tuna casserole was your grade-school jam, and now it's time to bring it to the next generation! We remember this dinner-table favorite fondly—we instantly get visions of a just-out-of-the-oven, bread crumb-encrusted, melty tuna casserole just thinking about it.

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tuna casserole in a white baking dish on a teal background
Bryce Johnson

Spaghetti Lo Mein

This might be the easiest way to get your favorite take-out meal. Feel free to add in any of your kid's favorite vegetables, sliced grilled chicken, or ground beef.

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spaghetti lo mein
Lucy schaeffer

Crunchwrap Supreme

This copycat recipe has all the main components of the iconic Taco Bell offering: seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and, most importantly, a crunchy tostada shell.

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crunchwrap supreme
Hearst Owned

Cheez-It Meatloaf

This flavor-packed meatloaf swaps out regular breadcrumbs for Cheez-It crackers. Kids can help crush the Cheez-Its too!

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cheez it meatloaf
Ethan Calabrese

Chicken Parm-asaurus

This is a prehistoric recipe with a fun twist! We took classic Dino-shaped chicken nuggets and upgraded them by turning them into a kid-friendly version of chicken parm.

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Jon Boulton

Meatball Boats

Your kids are going to feel so happy to be in one of these meatball boats, swimming in a sea of marinara. Want the grown-up version? Try our meatball sub.

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Jon Boulton

Taco Cups

Taco Tuesday has never been so fun with these bite-sized taco cups. This is one of our all-time favorite ways to use a muffin tin!

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taco cups
Chelsea Lupkin

Big Mac Quesadillas

These sound crazier than they actually are. Essentially, they're beef quesadillas with American cheese and cheddar plus an amazing special sauce. Even if you don't love McDonald's Big Macs, you'll love them.

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big mac quesadillas
Lucy Schaeffer

Pizza Hot Dogs

Two of the best foods ever, pizza and hot dogs, COMBINED! Broil the cheese, sauce, and pepperoni-covered hot dog until it's just melty, about 2 minutes.

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pizza hot dogs
JOHN KOMAR

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