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Discover our most popular main courses. From chilli con carne and spaghetti bolognese to Margherita pizza and Thai green curry, these are the dishes you've viewed the most.

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  • Chilli con carne cooking in a pan with chocolate melting on top

    Chilli con carne recipe

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.2384 ratings

    This great chilli recipe has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients.

  • Two bowls of spaghetti topped with bolognese sauce and a pan of extra sauce on the side.

    The best spaghetti bolognese recipe

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.824 ratings

    Our best ever spaghetti bolognese is super easy and a true Italian classic with a meaty, chilli sauce. This recipe comes courtesy of BBC Good Food user Andrew Balmer

  • Close up of perfect spaghetti carbonara on a plate ready to eat

    Ultimate spaghetti carbonara recipe

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.647 ratings

    Discover how to make superb spaghetti carbonara. This cheesy pasta dish is an Italian favourite and with the right technique, you can make it perfect every time

  • Golden baked toad-in-the-hole in large rectangular dish

    Toad-in-the-hole

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.363 ratings

    Serve this comforting classic made with chipolata sausages and a simple batter – it’s easy enough that kids can help make it.

  • Cottage pie in a rectangular dish with portion taken out

    Cottage pie

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.846 ratings

    This great-value family favourite freezes beautifully and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser

  • Creamy fish pie in a serving dish with a scoop out

    Family meals: Easy fish pie recipe

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.362 ratings

    A simple fish pie recipe that’s quick and easy to prepare. Portion into ramekins and freeze for quick toddler meals or cook in a big dish for the perfect family supper

  • Close up of macaroni cheese in a serving dish with a serving spoon alongside

    Best ever macaroni cheese recipe

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.263 ratings

    This perfect baked macaroni cheese recipe comes with a creamy cheese sauce, a hint of mustard and uses leftover French stick for its crunchy topping

  • Beef stew with vegetables on mashed potato on plate with fork

    Slow-cooker beef stew

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.372 ratings

    Cook beef stew in a slow cooker for really tender meat. Add button mushrooms or smoked paprika for extra flavour – it will be an instant family favourite

  • Shepherd's pie with portion taken out and serving spoon

    No-fuss shepherd's pie

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.491 ratings

    We've got some lovely twists on shepherd's pie on the site, but we were missing a definitive version of this classic family recipe – here it is!

  • Chicken & chorizo jambalaya in a shallow cast iron dish with wooden spoon

    Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.2453 ratings

    A Cajun-inspired rice pot recipe with spicy Spanish sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes

  • Classic lasagne on a plate with salad

    Classic lasagne

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.213 ratings

    Prepare this easy lasagne ahead of time and save in the freezer, uncooked, for when you need it during a busy week. Then just bake for an extra 45 mins.

  • Chicken pasta bake served in a casserole dish

    Chicken pasta bake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.484 ratings

    Enjoy this gooey cheese and chicken pasta bake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. Serve straight from the dish with a dressed green salad

  • Thai green chicken curry in a wok

    Thai green chicken curry

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.344 ratings

    Don't call the local takeaway – impress friends and family by cooking this fragrant and creamy Thai green chicken curry. It's easy and quick to make

  • Beef & vegetable casserole in a cast iron pot with wooden spoon

    Beef & vegetable casserole

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.562 ratings

    A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy – an ideal recipe for cheap cuts, as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish

  • Four beef burgers on a plate

    Beef burgers – learn to make

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.75 ratings

    Learn how to make succulent beef burgers with just four ingredients. An easy recipe for perfect homemade patties

  • A plate of beef stroganoff over pappardelle pasta

    Beef stroganoff

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.210 ratings

    Make a classic beef stroganoff with steak and mushrooms for a tasty midweek meal. Garnish with parsley and serve with pappardelle pasta or rice.

  • Pizza Margherita in 4 easy steps

    Pizza Margherita in 4 easy steps

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.498 ratings

    Even a novice cook can master the art of pizza with our simple step-by-step guide. Bellissimo!

  • Paella in a large pan with serving spoon and lemon wedges

    Easy paella

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.153 ratings

    Whip up this easy version of the traditional Spanish seafood dish straight from the storecupboard. Add extras such as chorizo and peas if you like

  • Satay sweet potato curry on top of rice in a deep dish

    Sweet potato & peanut curry

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.869 ratings

    Cook this tasty, budget-friendly vegan curry for an easy family dinner. With spinach and sweet potato, it boasts two of your five-a-day and it’s under 400 calories

  • Classic roast chicken & gravy with carving knife & fork

    Classic roast chicken & gravy

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.132 ratings

    What more can we say? A classic roast chicken recipe should be in everyone's repertoire, and it can always save the day

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