Easy Meals to Cook at Home: Pasta, Chicken & Way More!

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Who wants to spend all day and night making meals? We don’t! We want our meals to be easy to cook and filled with our favorite flavors, but sometimes we want something more than a can of soup or a quick ground beef stir fry with rice. At the same time, you don’t always have the energy to grill a steak to perfection or slow roast chicken thighs with potatoes.

Whether you’re just trying to cook for yourself or for the whole family, there’s no need for dinnertime to be the most stressful part of your day. JOW makes mealtimes easy with our signature under-30 minute recipes. All of our recipes use 6 ingredients or less, are ready in less than 30 minutes, and try to use as few kitchen tools as possible. 

In this list, we’ve collected some of our favorite recipes that are easy to cook at home and use amazing, nutritious foods like pasta, chicken, shrimp, mozzarella, and more.

If you skipped meal prep this week and are looking for some easy dinner recipes, you’ve come to the right place. These easy dinners are as delicious as they are simple, and so you can spend more time enjoying your meal and less time preparing it. 

Pasta Alfredo

A true classic. Pasta Alfredo is a true classic, an example of Italian culinary excellence. You don’t have to be a fancy European chef to make this meal come to life. JOW’s recipe is incredibly simple, straightforward, and easy for anyone to make.

Requiring only five minutes of preparation and 12 minutes of cooking time, this recipe is a breeze. Start by gathering these ingredients: tagliatelle pasta, chicken cutlets, liquid cream, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh garlic. 

Mamma mia, right? Enjoy these delicious noodles as-is, or toss some veggies like green beans or broccoli and chicken breast on top for an even more delicious weeknight dinner.

Pasta Alla Vodka

Pasta with vodka sauce is a combination made in heaven. After our Pasta Alla Vodka dish, you’ll be craving more. Make it in a large batch and serve it all week with chicken, shrimp, or a touch of red pepper.

This recipe takes only two minutes to prepare and ten to cook. Next time you go shopping, be sure to buy pipe rigate pasta, parmesan cheese pieces, vodka, liquid cream, concentrated tomato, and garlic. 

JOW’s personal grocery shopper makes it easy to get the ingredients that you need with the click of a button, filling your cart with products tailored to your family’s needs. We take household size, dietary restrictions, family favorites, and recommended recipes into consideration when building the perfect cart for your family. Then, you can choose to grab your order at the grocery store, or have them delivered straight to your doorstep.

Once your pasta and sauce are mixed, add on the parmesan and dig in! Serve with a side of cauliflower to feed a bigger crowd, or substitute the pasta for zucchini noodles to sneak some vegetables into a picky eater’s diet. 

Peas and Bacon Pasta

Don’t write this unlikely couple off just yet. This hearty and rich Peas and Bacon Pasta recipe is a decadent dish that embraces an unlikely combination for a delicious flavor pairing you’ll never forget. A sprinkle of mint ties these sensations together, proving that thinking outside the box can pay off in spades.

With two minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cooking time, this recipe is both easy and filling. You’ll need pipe rigate pasta, fresh green peas, bacon, liquid cream, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh mint leaves.

Let it all saute over medium heat for a bit before serving hot. This pasta dish stands on its own, but you can add chicken, ham, or parmesan cheese to take things to the next level. 

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Wrap

Nothing is easier than a wrap when you need a quick and easy lunch. You can prepare these Zucchini and Goat Cheese Wraps in bulk at the beginning of the week for a simple grab-and-go snack or a delicious addition to any school lunchbox.

These wraps don’t require any cook time, and they only take 10 minutes to prepare. If this recipe becomes a new family favorite, you can keep pre-peeled and mixed ingredients on hand to make this lightning-fast recipe even faster. 

While zucchini and mixed greens are the stars of the show, an elegant combination of fresh goat cheese, honey, hazelnut, and mint leaves take this vegetarian meal to new heights. You can also include salt and pepper, pine nuts, or olive oil for a personalized twist. Best of all, you can save the center of your zucchini for a stir fry or a pasta dinner later in the week. 

Wrap your ingredients in a tortilla, cut your wrap in half, and enjoy!

Chopped Summer Salad With Chicken

A sweet, simple, and summery dish, our Chopped Summer Salad With Chicken embraces the scrumptious versatility of chicken as a fan-favorite protein. Protein fills you so you can face the rest of your day energized and satisfied, whether you’re dropping the kids off at soccer practice or having a romantic date night for two.

This chicken-based dish takes five minutes to prepare and only eight minutes to cook. Simply combine cherry tomatoes, chicken cutlets, avocado, lime juice, basil, and arugula salad for your new go-to hot weather meal.

Season the chicken, and then serve in a bowl with the salad, avocados, and tomatoes!

Crispy Japanese Chicken

Nothing sounds better on a Wednesday night than crispy chicken with a Japanese flair. Our Crispy Japanese Chicken recipe is seriously tasty. But more importantly, you can make it in less than 14 minutes.

This recipe takes only six minutes of preparation and eight minutes of cooking time, using chicken pieces, mayonnaise, wasabi, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, arugula, and eggs.

Serve your chicken alongside a side salad dressed with lemon juice.

Bacon and Mushroom Frittata

Don’t forget about the most important meal of the day. JOW’s Bacon and Mushroom Frittata is perfect for weekend brunches or busy weekday mornings. One frittata feeds four, but you can easily adjust our recipe online to accommodate as many as 20 guests—or keep it all to yourself and have breakfast for the whole week. 

This four-ingredient recipe uses egg, bacon, white mushrooms, and shredded cheddar to start your morning right.

With 6 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes in the oven, this frittata is easy like Sunday morning.

Fried Shrimp and Polenta

Our Fried Shrimp and Polenta dish proves that seafood can be easy. Shrimp is easier than salmon or scallops, but it’s equally as delicious.

This rich shrimp meal takes only three minutes to prepare and eight minutes to cook, making it one of the quickest recipes on our list. JOW tests all of our recipes to make sure we’re giving you the tastiest combinations with the easiest instructions, so every dish feels like it’s too good to be true.

The ingredients needed for tonight’s feast include pre-cooked shrimp, cherry tomatoes, polenta, milk, parmesan, garlic, and fresh basil.

Gnocchi Gratin With Mozzarella

We’ve saved the best for last with our mouth-watering Gnocchi Gratin With Mozzarella.

This dish only requires two minutes of prep time and 16 minutes of cooking time. Start by shopping for these items with JOW: gnocchi, tomato puree, mozzarella, and basil.

Serve this dish with fresh bread and butter for a truly decadent experience that takes just minutes to prepare. 

Pasta, Chicken, and More

It can be difficult to find delicious recipes that fit with your household’s busy schedule. Cooking easy meals in the comfort of your own home helps guarantee that your household gets the nutrients they need through meals made with love. 

Whether it’s a creamy pasta dish, a hearty chicken recipe, or something entirely different, we know you’ll love these quick and easy recipes. Visit JOW’s website for more easy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. Your tastebuds will thank you.