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Mother's Day dinner ideas

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These tasty dinner recipes are sure to be a hit with mum on Mothering Sunday – choose between roasts, risottos, pasta dishes and much more.

Treat mum to an extra-special homemade dinner she'll love. We have all the recipe inspiration you need – from next level Sunday roasts to easy risottos, pastas and curries.


Look here for even more Mother's Day dinner inspiration. Plus we have a guide to the best Mother's day hampers for foodies if you're on the look out for an impressive gift.

1) One-pan lamb with hasselback potatoes

Lamb on a board with hassleback potatoes

Take your roast game up a notch with this beautiful lamb dish, flavoured with lemon, herbs and garlic. The meat and crisp hasselback potatoes are cooked in one dish, intensifying the flavours (and meaning less washing-up). Pair with a punchy green olive & herb dressing and some spring greens.

2) Veggie spiral pie with spiced tomato sauce & chopped salad

Filo pie on a glass plate filled with vegetables

This pastry parcel is packed with rice, feta and spinach, wrapped in buttered filo and wound into a beautiful coil shape before baking. The recipe requires quite a bit of space in the kitchen and some patience as you work with the pastry – but the end results are seriously impressive. A pie with real wow factor.

3) Crab & asparagus pappardelle

crab and asparagus pappardelle on a plate with a fork

Treat mum to this delicious seasonal dish. Dressed crab pairs perfectly with asparagus and the fresh egg pasta. We've added a luxurious touch of crème fraîche and finished with parsley, chives and hazelnuts. Serve with homemade garlic bread toasts for bonus points.

4) Thai green curry roast chicken

A whole chicken in a skillet of green curry with red chilli and coriander on top

Combine the aromatic umami flavour of a Thai green curry with a succulent whole chicken for a fabulously fresh take on Sunday roast. Serve alongside roasted sesame sweet potatoes & asparagus or toasted coconut rice.

5) Green spinach & lemon risotto with crispy prosciutto

Green spinach risotto in a bowl with prosciutto on top and a spoon

This vibrant risotto is a delicious dinner for two. With its bright green colour and luxurious creamy texture, it's sure to make an impact. Top with crispy strips of prosciutto and finish with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan.

6) Herby chicken spring pot pie

Green chicken pie with filo pastry top

The pie's the limit with this tasty, crispy one-pot chicken pie. Spring onions, mustard and herbs add plenty of flavour, while crème fraîche brings richness. Even better, it's in the oven for just 30 minutes and takes just 10 minutes to prepare – that's more time to raise a toast with mum.

7) Beetroot & red onion tarte tatin

Beetroot and red onion tart with sundried tomatoes and parsley on a plate

This showstopping vegan tart is packed with flavour, including star anise and orange zest. It's ideal as a centrepiece – serve with crispy roast potatoes, chopped green salad and lemon & parsley butter beans.

8) Asparagus & broad bean lasagne

Lasagne topped with asparagus on a board next to a spoon and napkin

This lovely lasagne is on the lighter side, making use of seasonal spring vegetables including asparagus and broad beans. It's also low in fat and provides three of your five-a-day. Top with grated parmesan or a vegetarian alternative, if you prefer.

9) Chorizo & mozzarella gnocchi bake

Pan of gnocchi with mozarella, tomato and basil next to a spoon and napkin on a tray

Filled with melting mozzarella and delicious chorizo, this is quick to make, with only 10 minutes of preparation time and two steps. This tasty bake makes an excellent midweek meal and is perfect for a Mother’s Day feast.

10) Chicken arrabbiata stew & parmesan dumplings

Dumplings in a pot with tomato

This recipe is a take on a classic of stew and dumplings. Upgrade it by infusing it with the flavours of arrabbiata and parmesan. Aromatic garlic, thyme and sundried tomatoes add to the taste. For an extra treat, why not pair it with our fantastically simple crusty garlic bread?


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