55 Best Sunday Dinner Ideas That Will Bring the Whole Family Together

Get ready for the week with a wholesome dinner for your favorite people.

a slice of cheesy spinach meat lasagna being taken out of the baking dish
Mike Garten

Sunday dinners are all about spending time with family and friends over a delicious, comforting meal. Whether you're cooking for just one or making dinner for the whole family, making something special for Sunday dinner can be a great way to start the week. From sheet pan dinners to pot roasts to creamy pasta dishes, we've got plenty of Sunday dinner ideas that your friends and family are sure to love. Many of them come together in your slow cooker or Instant Pot, so you don't have to spend all afternoon in the kitchen.

These Sunday dinner ideas make the most of what you have on hand, whether that's chicken, beef, shrimp, or fresh veggies. While many of them feature meat, we've also found some vegan recipes and vegetarian recipes that deserve a spot in your Sunday dinner rotation. There are also plenty of healthy dinner ideas that will also suit people who prefer gluten-free recipes or have other dietary restrictions.

Many of these recipes also make great leftovers if you're trying to meal prep for the week. But we're guessing you won't have many leftovers after everyone goes back for seconds (and maybe even thirds).

You won't regret making these Sunday dinner recipes that are oh-so delicious!

two bowls of pasta e fagioli with a red sauce
Mike Garten
1 of 55
Pasta e Fagioli

This one-pot meal made with al dente pasta, plenty of veggies and creamy white beans is the definition of a cozy dinner.

Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe.

sliced of glazed ham on a serving platter
Mike Garten
2 of 55
Honey-and-Balsamic–Glazed Ham

Take your Sunday dinner to the next level with this ham covered in a sweet-and-salty glaze made from black peppercorns, honey, mustard and balsamic vinegar.

Get the Honey-and-Balsamic–Glazed Ham recipe.

slices of pork tenderloin with green herbs on top
Mike Garten
3 of 55
Lemony Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin

This juicy pork tenderloin is covered in fresh herbs and simmered in a flavorful marinade for the perfect Sunday dinner.

Get the Lemony Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin recipe.

a bowl of red manhattan clam chowder
Mike Garten
4 of 55
Manhattan Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder gets all the glory, but this Manhattan Clam Chowder deserves a spot on the table, too. It's made with a tomato base, white wine and briny clams.

Get the Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe.

sesame crusted salmon with miso roasted radishes on the side
Mike Garten
5 of 55
Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes

Get ready for all the oohs and ahhs when you set this gorgeous dish on the table. And it only takes six ingredients to make the entire meal.

Get the Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes recipe.

chicken, sausage and white bean stew in a bowl
Mike Garten
6 of 55
Chicken, Sausage and White Bean Stew

This protein-packed stew combines slow-cooked meat with beans and veggies for a satisfying family meal. Did we mention it only uses one pot?

Get the Chicken, Sausage and White Bean Stew recipe.

RELATED: 21 Healthy Soups and Stews That'll Warm You up All Winter

a slice of cheesy lasagna being pulled out of the baking dish
Mike Garten
7 of 55
Lasagna With Meat Sauce

Loaded with a pork meat sauce, three cheeses, spinach, and herbs, this comforting dinner will have everyone asking for seconds ... and thirds.

Get the Lasagna With Meat Sauce recipe.

RELATED: 30 Best Kids' Dinner Ideas for When Your Picky Eater Just Won’t Try Anything

honey ginger cedar plank salmon
Mike Garten
8 of 55
Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar, soy sauce, honey, and sriracha give salmon a complex flavor. Serving one large piece is an elegant presentation that everyone gets to share.

Get the Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon recipe.

RELATED: 30+ Easy Salmon Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

crispy pork noodles
Mike Garten
9 of 55
Crispy Pork Noodles

Inspired by Szechuan cuisine, the recipe features ramen noodles tossed in a creamy peanut sauce and topped with crispy, pan-fried pork.

Get the Crispy Pork Noodles recipe.

short ribs with creamy polenta
Mike Garten
10 of 55
Short Ribs With Creamy Polenta

Tender braised Instant Pot short ribs over creamy pecorino cheese polenta is the ultimate comfort food for a family-packed Sunday dinner. Pass the wine!

Get the Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta recipe.

turkey tacos
MIKE GARTEN
11 of 55
Turkey Tacos

Ground turkey spiced with smoky chipotle chile powder in a hard shell taco is the most fun way to kick-off a new week. Margarita optional, but highly recommended.

Get the Turkey Tacos recipe.

shrimp enchiladas with zucchini and corn
Mike Garten
12 of 55
Shrimp Enchiladas With Zucchini and Corn

Make a quick enchilada sauce of store-bought salsa verde, cilantro and sour cream and you’ll get this vibrant recipe on the table in under 40 minutes (really!).

Get the Shrimp Enchiladas With Zucchini and Corn recipe.

chickpea and kale soup
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
13 of 55
Chickpea and Kale Soup

All the comfort of tomato soup, plus chickpeas and kale, make this a hearty vegetarian meal. The extra-cheesy topping makes it delicious and decadent.

Get the Chickpea and Kale Soup recipe.

coq au vin rosé
Mike Garten
14 of 55
Coq au Vin Rosé

An already special dinner (loaded with mushrooms and bacon!) gets a lil extra something with a splash of rosé instead of the typical red wine.

Get the Coq au Vin Rosé recipe.

instant pot beef and barley stew
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
15 of 55
Instant Pot Beef and Barley Stew

Butternut squash and carrots add a subtle sweetness to this deeply savory, comforting stew that comes together quickly in the Instant Pot.

Get the Instant Pot Beef and Barley Stew recipe.

RELATED: 36 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes

chickpea and kale rigatoni with smoky bread crumbs
Mike Garten
16 of 55
Chickpea and Kale Rigatoni With Smoky Bread Crumbs

A few ingredient powerhouses— smoked paprika, chorizo, and Manchego cheese — create triple-threat flavor in this fan-favorite pasta recipe.

Get the Chickpea and Kale Rigatoni with Smoky Bread Crumbs recipe.

RELATED: 35 Tasty Pantry Recipes That Make the Most of Ingredients You Already Have at Home

mini meatballs with garlicky tomatoes
Mike Garten
17 of 55
Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes

This easy dinner is made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. Add spaghetti to make it dinner-worthy for the whole family.

Get the Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes recipe.

RELATED: 51 Delicious Ways to Have Meatballs for Dinner

traditional chicken curry
Mike Garten
18 of 55
Traditional Chicken Curry

This Indian favorite, spiced with garam masala, coriander, and paprika, re-heats well. Make it on Saturday so you can truly enjoy rest day.

Get the Traditional Chicken Curry recipe.

RELATED: 40 Best Make-Ahead Meals to Fill up Your Fridge and Freezer

beef stroganoff
BEATRIZ DA COSTA
19 of 55
Beef Stroganoff

With juicy beef sirloin, meaty mushrooms, and a creamy sauce, this one-skillet dinner is the definition of classic comfort food.

Get the Beef Stroganoff recipe.

sweet potato, avocado and black bean tacos
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO
20 of 55
Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Black Bean Tacos

Spicy sweet potatoes and black beans make a delicious vegetarian taco filling. Add an egg to leftovers on Monday morning for the tastiest breakfast tacos.

Get the Sweet Potato, Avocado and Black Bean Tacos recipe.

RELATED: 21 Easy Taco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo (or Any Day)

spanish chorizo stew
Mike Garten
21 of 55
Spanish Chorizo Stew

Spicy Spanish chorizo gives this healthy stew a flavorful kick.

Get the Spanish Chorizo Stew recipe.

RELATED: 60 Tasty, Easy Fall Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights

sweet  sticky chicken with snow peas
Mike Garten
22 of 55
Sweet & Sticky Chicken With Snow Peas

Hoisin sauce turns average drumsticks into an addicting dinner that takes less than an hour to make.

Get the Sweet & Sticky Chicken with Snow Peas recipe.

butternut mole enchiladas with avocado on top in a white baking dish
Mike Garten
23 of 55
Butternut Mole Enchiladas

Roasted butternut squash gives these spicy enchiladas an unexpected sweetness. The easy mole sauce makes dinner super simple.

Get the Butternut Mole Enchiladas recipe.

doubly cheesy meatball bake
Mike Garten
24 of 55
Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake

Choose between beef or lamb in this piping hot, melty meatball recipe. The only question now is, who's coming for dinner?

Get the Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake recipe.

vegetarian chili macaroni
Mike Garten
25 of 55
Vegetarian Chili Macaroni

Spicy, hearty chili — but make it pasta. It's the ultimate vegetarian comfort food.

Get the Vegetarian Chili Macaroni recipe.

smoky peanut chicken tacos
Mike Garten
26 of 55
Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos

Chicken breast cooked in a homemade peanut sauce makes these tacos unique— and absolutely unforgettable.

Get the Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos recipe.

creamy corn pasta with bacon and scallions
Danielle Daly
27 of 55
Creamy Corn Pasta With Bacon and Scallions

Fresh corn adds sweetness (and some veggies) to this tasty family-friendly pasta.

Get the Creamy Corn Pasta with Bacon and Scallions recipe.

RELATED: 48 Creative Corn Recipes to Make All Summer Long

creamy lemon chicken pasta
Danielle Occhiogrosso
28 of 55
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Liven up staples like chicken and linguine with a creamy tangy sauce of cream cheese and lemon.

Get the Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta recipe.

RELATED: 30 Healthy Pasta Recipes That Will Keep You Full All Night

smoky maple turkey chili
Mike Garten
29 of 55
Smoky Maple Turkey Chili

A DIY chili bar, complete with tortilla bowls, sliced jalapeños, grated cheese, and sour cream, make this easy chili a fun family dinner.

Get the Smoky Maple Turkey Chili recipe.

RELATED: 40 Super Easy Chili Recipes That Are Perfect for Cold Winter Days

bbq herbed drumsticks
Mike Garten
30 of 55
BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

The secret to this 20-minute dinner? Pesto! The 1-ingredient marinade makes a meal in a flash.

Get the BBQ Herbed Drumsticks recipe.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io