Main Dishes and Entrées

Getting dinner on the table is easy with these main dishes and entrées. Recipes from our test kitchens professionals are designed to inspire – whether you are entertaining or cooking at home.

Staff Picks

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Rating: 5 stars 1
Sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and cream cheese make this cheese sauce ultra creamy, while hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce help round out the rich, cheesy flavors. This stovetop recipe will have you wondering why you ever enjoyed mac and cheese any other way. 
By Nicole McLaughlin

Spicy-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Rating: 4 stars 5
In under 30 minutes, you can dress crispy bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar, paprika, and smoked red pepper for a dynamically delicious appetizer. This combinatioin of spicy, sweet, smooth, and crunchy will keep you grabbing for more.  
By Nicole McLaughlin

Sheet Pan Orange Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans

Rating: 4 stars 7
Make Orange Chicken that's cheaper, fresher, and more delicious than Chinese take-out. Believe it or not, all you need is sheet pan to make sticky, orange-glazed chicken and crisp green beans. If you can't find French green beans, blanch regular green beans for 2 minutes, dry them, and proceed with the chili sauce. Don't skip broiling the dish at the end-- that's what quickly glazes the chicken and gives the green beans that irresistable crunchy-yet-tender texture. 
By Paige Grandjean

Individual Beef Phillyngtons

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Everyone enjoys a philly cheesesteak or a beef wellington, but merge the two and you have the always crowd-pleasing beef phillyngton. Get the best of both worlds with these individual masterpieces of puff pastry, filet mignon, onion, and bell pepper. 
By Nicole McLaughlin

"Ham" for Two

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Holiday ham leftovers take weeks to finish. Instead, prepare a basic one pound pork tenderloin just as you would prepare a ham. The result is a traditionally brined, brown-sugar-coated "ham" for two in just one day. It even comes out pink! This recipe uses pink brining salt from Williams Sonoma, but you could use Prague #1 instead. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Master Turkey Meatloaf

This is the ultimate, foolproof, turkey meatloaf that is every kind of comforting that you would want a meatloaf to be. This just may be the only meatloaf recipe you'll ever need. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, but it's also gluten-free. This flavorful meatloaf features bacon for added flavor and richness, and includes a special factor with a trio of tomato sauces and condiments to create an updated version of the traditional meatloaf topper. To make this meal even better, try enjoying it on a sandwich the next day. 
By Adam Hickman

Smoked Pork and Split Pea Soup

An immersion blender is handy for pureeing this soup. Cardamon, allspice, anise, sherry, thyme, cumin, and bay leaf create a rich blended flavor when melded together in your slow cooker. Make this soup for comfort on a chilly winter night, with leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Perfect Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Rating: 5 stars 2
This beef tenderloin recipe is magic. The result is delicious enough for a special occasion, yet it is simple enough to be made on a weeknight. You can let the beef tenderloin chill for up to 24 hours, if desired. If you prefer medium, cook the tenderloin until it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees. Purchasing high quality meat will make all of the difference in the tenderness and flavor of the final product. Serve this main with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a glass of red  wine. 
By Robby Melvin

Penne Alla Vodka Pizza

You are sure to love this irresistible pie that combines 2 favorites: vodka pasta and homemade pizza. 
By Julia Levy

Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich with Horseradish Sauce

We are not thinkin' Arbys-- not after a roast beef sandich like this one. A classic creamy cheese sauce makes this sandwich super rich, while a horseradish sauce adds a kick. We love the onion bun, preferably bakery-made, but you could also use a pretzel bun instead. Make this sandwich the centerpiece of your Super Bowl Spread or serve along with beer and fries for a crowd-pleasing meal.  
By Robby Melvin

Pasta Primavera with Ham and Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars 1
It's hard to beat pasta primavera. But it's even harder to beat a 20-minute pasta primavera that only requires one skillet. Use a frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot mix to save time and add color, texture, and nutrition. This recipe is one to keep in your back pocket for busy afternoons when there's no time for prep. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Meatloaf Bundt Cake

When you thought meatloaf couldn’t go more retro, we found a way. Spiced with Creole seasoning, garlic powder, and butter-coated vegetables, this meatloaf recipe finds it’s home in a bundt pan. This traditional recipe truly takes the cake and will be at the center of attention at any dinner party. And like any good cake, our meatloaf needs proper frosting and decor. Thus, we finished our tomato-glazed meatloaf bundt with a drizzle of gravy, freshly piped mashed potatoes, crispy onions, and a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley. Oh, and we filled the center with French onion dip… because it felt like the right thing to do. Dinner is served.
By Katherine Flynn
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Inspiration and Ideas

10+ Copycat Main Dishes to Satisfy Your Ultimate Restaurant Cravings
Try your hand at these copycat recipes, including Chick-Fil-A's Chicken Sandwich, McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, and Panera Bread's Summer Corn Chowder.
12 Twists on Shepherd's Pie
Few things more comforting than meat, gravy, and vegetables slathered with a thick, creamy topping of mashed potatoes (or other starch). Although shepherd's pie is easy to make from basic pantry and freezer staples, it can be anything but boring. Try these nine takes on an old favorite for a quick and easy supper tonight.
Pasta Primavera with Peas, Prosciutto, and Asparagus

"Pasta primavera" refers to any dish with pasta and vegetables, but don't make just any pasta primavera. This gorgeous, 15-minute version incorporates fresh peas, aspargus, and grape tomatoes requiring little prep. Top with fresh basil and proscuitto just before serving for a show-stopping meal with minimal effort.