We've delved into our website stats to discover a hit-list of our 10 most popular 30-minute meals. Have dinner ready in a flash with our speedy ideas, from stuffed chicken fillets to hearty pasta soups and low-fat vegetarian suppers. Made in 30 minutes or less, these recipes are brilliant for students looking for a quick fix or busy families with limited time during the week.


These meals make use of cheap, everyday ingredients, too – for more speedy meal ideas, take a look at our quick recipes, speedy supper recipes and more of our 30-minute meals.

See our top 10 most popular speedy dinners below, ready on the table in just 30 minutes.

10. Tomato penne with avocado

Tomato penne with avocado

You can get all five of your five-a-day while making this in this quick, mildly spiced tomato penne dish. With wholewheat penne and topped with avocado and coriander leaves, it's a dinner that's rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C.

This penne also makes a great low-fat and law-calorie option – take a browse through more of our low-fat recipes and low-calorie meal ideas.

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9. Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta on a white dinner plate with a glass of white wine

Seasonal courgette contrasts with cream and pancetta in our super simple carbonara-style tagliatelle, rated five stars by over 300 members. Only a handful of ingredients are required, and chances are you'll have some of them in your storecupboard already.

Dive into our quick pasta recipe collection for more speedy suppers, including speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle, lemon & greens pesto pasta and pea & ham pasta.

8. Chicken parmigiana

Chicken parmigiana in a large oven dish with serving spoon

We've given the classic chicken parmigiana a healthy makeover so you can serve a hearty, healthy dish that's great for busy weeknights.

Try this healthier chicken parmigiana, then take a look at our classic chicken parmigiana, aubergine parmigiana and beefy melanzane parmigiana.

7. Tomato & pasta soup

Two bowls of tomato and orzo soup topped with pesto

Try our speedy, low-fat pasta soup for your next meat-free Monday. We've used orzo here but you can substitute for other small pasta shapes. Serve with crusty bread to turn it into a filling meal which feeds up to four.

This speedy dish makes brilliant use of everyday ingredients, such as chopped tomatoes and chickpeas, to keep costs low. Find more of our budget recipes for thrifty weeknight meals.

6. Pork noodle stir-fry

Pork mince stir-fry with vegetables and noodles

Delicious, quick and easy to make, you can rustle up this pork noodle stir-fry in just half an hour. It's a nifty way of adding crunchy veg – use any packs of stir-fry veg you can get your hands on.

For more speedy stir-fries, browse our stir-fry recipe collection, featuring spicy mushroom & broccoli noodles, healthy chicken stir-fry and salmon stir-fry.

5. Mustard-stuffed chicken

Four chicken fillets wrapped in bacon in a tray

Stuff chicken breasts with a mustard-cheese mixture, wrap in bacon and roast for 20-25 minutes – it'll become a firm favourite in no time (and with over 600 five-star ratings, you can be sure that it's a well-received dish). To make into a filling family dinner, we suggest serving with some mashed potato or sweet potato mash and some seasonal greens, green beans or green salad.

We have plenty more quick chicken dinners for you to recreate at home, including our speedy green chicken curry and chicken tikka masala pizzas.

4. Mushroom stroganoff

A bowl of mushroom stroganoff with a fork on a white wooden table

With over 400 ratings and 200+ comments from our audience, (be sure to check them out to see how community members have tweaked the recipe), this is a family favourite which ticks all the boxes. We've made a few clever substitutions to turn this traditional creamy casserole into a low-fat, low-calorie meal, so you're left satisfied without feeling too full. Also, discover health benefits of mushrooms.

Try our classic vegan mushroom stroganoff for a plant-based twist, or check out our next level beef stroganoff for a dish with wow factor.

3. Mushroom risotto

A plate of mushroom risotto with a spoon in it

In third place is a classic mushroom risotto, a weeknight staple or dinner party go-to. To level up this recipe, we recommend frying pieces of chicken with the onion and garlic, or stirring through chunks of roasted pumpkin or butternut squash towards the end. With over 350 ratings and 200+ comments, it's also worth checking out the comments to see how our audience have adapted the recipe.

For more risotto recipes see our main collection of risotto recipes, as well as our vegetarian risotto recipes, healthy risotto recipes and summer risotto recipes.

2. Easiest ever seafood rice

Seafood paella in a large silver pan with lemon wedges

In second place is our winningly easy seafood rice – stir up for a nutritious, aromatic and satisfying family supper. We've used pre-prepared mixed seafood, making it easy to put together. Using just one pot makes washing up a breeze, too.

Discover more of our healthy paella recipes, including a spring chicken paella, spicy Spanish rice and artichoke & aubergine rice.

1. Creamy courgette lasagne

Courgette lasagne in a baking dish with a spoon

Coming in at number one with 600+ star ratings is our quick and creamy courgette & ricotta lasagne. Recreate and be rewarded with a satisfyingly cheesy, veg-packed dinner. It serves up to four, so it's perfect for a last-minute family meal, dinner party or freezing for future meals.


Find more recipes in our vegetarian lasagne collection, including aubergine parmigiana lasagne, spinach & ricotta lasagne and butternut squash & spinach lasagne.

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