50 Perfect Sunday Dinner Ideas To Try Right Now

Preparing Cajun Style Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya in a Cast Iron Pot


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For families everywhere, Sunday is the day of rest and relaxation before beginning a new week. Whether your Sunday dinner is your way of capping off the weekend with a tasty meal or you have a larger gathering as part of a family tradition, there are plenty of dinner recipes to consider for your last dinner of the week. Check out some of our favorite easy Sunday dinner ideas to try this weekend.


1. Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those dishes that never gets old. A true comfort food, this classic meatloaf goes great with vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Recipe: Will Cook for Smiles

Baked Pasta Skillet

2. Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Cream Sauce

This pasta dish is the best of both worlds with a combination of both a tomato and a cream sauce. The Italian sausage and crushed red peppers invite a little spice to the meal, making it truly delectable.

Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Chicken Cacciatore

3. Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken can be bland in some dishes, but not this one. This Sunday dinner idea makes use of a whole chicken and some robust ingredients for a homemade Italian-inspired sauce that will awaken your taste buds.

Recipe: Eatwell101

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Preparing Cajun Style Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya in a Cast Iron Pot
Boiled Shrimp

5. Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

If you’re wanting all of the flair and flavor of a shrimp boil but don’t have the time, skill, or equipment needed to do it the traditional way, this sheet pan version is perfect for your next dinner — especially if you're looking for an easy Sunday dinner idea that appeals to the whole family.

Recipe: Aberdeen’s Kitchen

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Steak Tips
Tofu Curry with Rice and Naan Bread

7. Coconut Chicken Curry

You don’t need to stop by your favorite Thai or Indian restaurant to get a flavorful chicken curry dish. This recipe has so much flavor and substance and goes great with basmati rice and naan bread.

Recipe: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

8. Garlic Herb Pork Roast and Creamy White Wine Gravy

A pot roast is always a good option for Sunday dinners, but it doesn’t have to be a traditional beef roast with carrots and potatoes. This pork roast’s flavor packs a punch with herbs and a delectable white wine gravy.

Recipe: Sparkles of Yum

stuffed pasta shells with cheese and sauce
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9. Cheesy Taco Stuffed Shells

This pasta-meets-tacos dinner covers all the bases. It’s flavorful, filling, and a little more creative than your run-of-the-mill recipe.

Recipe: Dinner Then Dessert

Italian Meatball Soup

10. Rigatoni Meatball Soup

Soup can be a great accompaniment for sandwiches or salads at lunchtime, but the right soup recipes are filling enough for dinner, especially when served with French bread. This rigatoni meatball soup has some bold flavors, plenty of meat, and pasta, making it the perfect soup for dinner. 

Recipe: The Cozy Apron

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Baking Traditional Shepard`s Pie in the Oven

11. One Pot Pierogi Casserole Bake

With less than ten ingredients, this pierogi casserole is as simple as it is delicious. The fact that it can be put together using only one pot makes it even easier to make. 

Recipe: The Bewitchin Kitchen

Raw meat and flag of Switzerland
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12. Swiss Steak

A true classic Sunday dinner recipe, Swiss steak is tender and tasty and is best served with mashed potatoes or rice.

Recipe: Jo Cooks

Stuffed Manicotti with Ricotta and Spinich
Homemade delicious chicken mushroom spinach lasagna

14. Spinach and Feta Chicken

There are plenty of recipes that make use of both spinach and feta cheese, but this one has to be one of the best. If you want a flavorful chicken recipe, this one's for you.

Recipe: Easy Family Recipes

Cookies Cooling

15. Cheddar Biscuits and Shrimp and Andouille Gravy

If Cajun recipes are up your alley, this next one should absolutely be on your radar. This dish makes use of so many unique flavors that compliment each other perfectly. 

Recipe: ClosetCooking

Sunday roasted pork tenderloin, juicy and succulent oven-baked piece of meat rubbed with mustard and spices

16. Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pork Roast

Set-it-and-forget-it recipes are great for Sunday dinner and this slow cooker pork roast is simple, easy, and tasty. 

Recipe: The Happy Housewife

Stir fry with chicken, mushrooms, broccoli and peppers

17. Sweet Chili Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken stir-fry is always a good Sunday dinner option. This stir-fry recipe makes use of a sweet chili sauce that really takes the flavor to the next level.

Recipe: On Ty’s Plate

Honey Glazed Gammon

18. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

It doesn’t have to be Easter to serve ham for dinner. This decadent brown sugar pineapple ham is made in the slow cooker, so it has plenty of time to get tender and juicy as it cooks.

Recipe: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Rice with beef (arroz con picadillo)

19. Mexican Picadillo

If you like Mexican food, picadillo is a must-have. This recipe is not only delicious, it’s also filling and easy to prepare for a crowd.

Recipe: House of Yumm

Beef in red wine stew

20. Beef Stew

Beef stew isn’t just for cooler weather. This hearty beef recipe includes all the staples of beef stew plus some red wine for added flavor. It’s the perfect dinner option for any time of year. 

Recipe: Garlic & Zest

Beef Bourguignon

21. Beef Bourguignon

Wanting something a little on the “fancier” side without all the complicated steps and over-priced ingredients? You’ve found your match with this beef bourguignon recipe.

Recipe: Cafe Delites

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna with Garlic Bread and an Arugula and Tomato Salad

22. Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Pasta lovers everywhere, rejoice! This dinner idea combines two of the best pastas out there: chicken Alfredo and lasagna. Serve it with garlic bread and side salad and you’ll have the ultimate feast.

Recipe: Simply Homecooked

Traditional portuguese piri piri chicken on the BBQ

23. Chicken Madeira

If you’re after a chicken dinner recipe that includes a creamy mushroom sauce, this chicken Madeira recipe won’t disappoint. 

Recipe: Munchkin Time

Cooked Cedar plank salmon on wood

24. Cilantro Lime Honey Garlic Salmon

There are plenty of ways to prepare salmon, but this recipe is one of the more flavorful options, especially if you like the taste of cilantro. 

Recipe: Julia’s Album

Homemade Barbecue Pork Chops

25. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Depending on how they’re prepared, pork chops can be a little tough. Making them in the slow cooker with this flavor-packed sauce helps make them tender, juicy, and perfect for Sunday dinner.

Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

Mushrooms stuffed with ground meat

26. Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

You’ve probably heard someone say, “Everything's better with bacon,” but prosciutto is the true MVP of this recipe, adding the perfect salty, savory touch. 

Recipe: Laughing Spatula

Mexican Enchiladas Poblano Sauce

27. Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

As far as Mexican dinner dishes that are good for a crowd go, there’s pretty much no better option than enchiladas, especially these green chile chicken ones.

Recipe: Lil’ Luna

Chicken à la King

28. Creamy Chicken Stew

This chicken stew recipe is extra rich, savory, and is packed full of vegetables and bold flavors. 

Recipe: Sweet & Savory Meals

Burgundy beef stew with mashed potatoes on a light background, top view. Delicious comfort homemade food

29. Short Rib Ragu with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

If you want to impress your family or guests at your next Sunday dinner, this recipe for short rib ragu and Parmesan mashed potatoes gives off five-star restaurant vibes without too many complicated steps. 

Recipe: Girl Gone Gourmet

Linguine with Grilled Chicken and Basil Pesto Sauce

30. Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Pesto Pasta

This pasta dinner has a full-bodied flavor and the combination of the noodles, chicken, and asparagus creates some delicious texture, making for a filling meal. 

Recipe: Recipe Runner

Healthy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

31. Classic Chicken Pot Pie

You can’t go wrong with the classics and it doesn’t get much more classic than a good, old-fashioned, chicken pot pie. The creamy chicken and vegetable mixture inside a warm, flaky crust makes for an ideal Sunday dinner.

Recipe: Pillsbury

Pot Roast

32. Mississippi Pot Roast

Sometimes a traditional pot roast can lack flavor and not quite meet the “wow” factor. This Mississippi roast recipe redefines everything you thought you knew about roast. It’s packed full of flavor, it’s buttery, and it is oh-so-tender.

Recipe: The Gracious Wife

Freshly baked lasagna with lots of cheese

33. Classic Lasagna

It’s impossible to put together a list of Sunday dinner ideas without including a classic lasagna. This dish is a perfect go-to and makes for some seriously yummy leftovers.

Recipe: A Family Feast


34. Italian Meatballs

These Italian meatballs are robust and there is more than one way to enjoy them. Put them over noodles for spaghetti and meatballs or place them inside a hoagie bun with fresh mozzarella for a meatball sub. Either way, they’re simply delicious.

Recipe: Food.

Penne alla Vodka is a classic Italian pasta dish made with penne in a creamy tomato and vodka sauce close-up in a plate. Horizontal top view

35. Penne Alla Vodka

If you’re looking for a classic Italian recipe for your next Sunday dinner, penne alla vodka is the ideal decadent dish to serve with rich flavors and a creamy sauce.

Recipe: Delish

Chicken with White Wine and Mushroom Sauce

36. Chicken Normandy

Chicken, mushrooms, and a creamy Dijon sauce are the ultimate trio. Add in a little rice and this recipe for chicken Normandy is perfect for dinner. 

Recipe: Allrecipes

Homemade Lemon Shrimp Scampi

37. Shrimp Scampi

If you like shrimp, this recipe is for you. Garlic, wine, and butter join together to create a savory sauce. 

Recipe: Food Network

Spaghetti Carbonara with Garlic Bread

38. Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara is another classic Italian dish that’s perfect for Sunday dinner. ​​This particular recipe will allow you to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes time, making it even better. 

Recipe: Damn Delicious

Grilled Spicy Hot Spare Pork Ribs Barbecue

39. Barbecue Ribs

It doesn’t get much better than ribs if you like barbecue. Following this recipe will give you tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs perfect for a crowd.

Recipe: Food.com

Roast chicken thighs with spices  and herbs.
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40. Braised Chicken Thighs

Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, these braised chicken thighs are topped off with a soy sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, and white wine sauce, creating one to-die-for meal.

Recipe: Delish

Salisbury Steak

41. Salisbury Steak

This homestyle Salisbury steak is the perfect savory recipe for a Sunday dinner. The tender meat and gravy pairs best with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Grilled salmon steak with herbs, lemon and honey mustard sauce.
Tatiana Atamaniuk/istockphoto

42. Glazed Salmon with Spiced Carrots

The bold flavors in this recipe include cinnamon, coriander, cumin, mint, and Dijon mustard, making for a truly tasty dinner.

Recipe: Food Network

Normandy Chicken Stew Casserole Tenderloin Cream Sauce

43. Chicken with Creamy Dijon Sauce and Mashed Potatoes

If you want a melt-in-your-mouth meal for your next Sunday dinner, both the chicken and mashed potatoes in this recipe are creamy and full of flavor.

Recipe: Modern Farmhouse Eats

Homemade Hearty Beef Stroganoff

44. Beef Stroganoff

Savory and delicious, there’s nothing quite like a hearty plate of beef Stroganoff when it comes to comfort food

Recipe: Life in the Lofthouse

Slow cooked chicken in Multi cooker pot.
Evgenia Parajanian/istockphoto

45. Crockpot Whole Chicken

If you want to prepare a whole chicken, this crockpot recipe is the way to go. Your meat will be both tender and juicy with minimal effort required.

Recipe: Food.

Preparing Cajun Style Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya in a Cast Iron Pot

46. Classic Shrimp Creole

Classic shrimp Creole offers some seriously vivid flavors with the perfect amount of spice. 

Recipe: Delish

Casserole with broccoli, potatoes, eggs and cheese.

47. Chicken Broccoli and Cheddar Casserole

Cheese and broccoli go together like peanut butter and jelly. Add in chicken and some bread crumbs for a little crispiness and the ultimate dinner recipe is born.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Baked Potato Isolated on White

48. Herb and Mustard Sirloin with Baked Potatoes

If you’re a fan of steak and potatoes, this recipe has a unique take on the duo that will have your taste buds doing cartwheels thanks to a rich, flavorful sauce.

Recipe: Food Network

Frying Steaks

49. Round Steak and Gravy

This tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat with thick, creamy gravy is best served over mashed potatoes with a side of corn or your favorite vegetable.

Recipe: The Tipsy Housewife

Indian Food Chicken Vindaloo Curry over Basmati Rice

50. Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut Rice

This recipe will make you feel like you're dining on an island. With bright bursts of pineapple and coconut, this chicken and rice dish is anything but bland. 

Recipe: Joyous Apron