Are you in need of a hit of dinner inspiration? Looking to boost your midweek repertoire with shiny new recipes? Fret not! We delved into our website stats to discover a hit-list of 10 dinner ideas which the whole family will enjoy. These common dinner meals have been visited thousands of times and rated highly by the community. Which one will you make? Don’t forget to register for a My Good Food account so you can save the recipes for a later date – you can organise them into your own collections for easy access.


These popular dinner stalwarts will become your new favourites, with recipes catering to meat, vegetarian and vegan diets. Expect crowd-pleasing pasta bakes, budget-friendly curries, one-pots galore and more!

10. Easiest ever seafood rice

Easiest ever seafood rice in a large pan

At number 10 is our seafood rice, which uses pre-prepared mixed seafood to make it extra easy to rustle up. Boasting more than 300 ratings, it's our most popular seafood recipe on the website, with audiences commenting on how easy it is to prep and provides a lovely balance of flavours. Plus, using one pot means you save on washing up!

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9. Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

Homemade dhal is always a good idea when you're running short on inspiration – this comforting one-pot counts for three of your five-a-day, as well as being rich in iron and low in fat and calories. It's totally vegan, but will satisfy the staunchest of meat-eaters.

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8. Burnt aubergine veggie chilli

Pot of aubergine chilli next to a bowl of rice and with a hand dipping in a tortilla chip

Low in fat and and counting for four of your five-a-day, it's not surprise to see this veggie chilli make its way into the website hall of fame. Boasting smoky, spiced flavours, this knockout veggie supper is one which the whole family can tuck into. It can be easily frozen, too.

Find more mouth-watering chilli dishes with our best chilli recipes, including meat, vegetarian and vegan options.

7. Chorizo & mozzarella gnocchi bake

Pot of gnocchi in tomato sauce with chorizo and mozzarella, topped with basil leaves

Cheesy tomato pasta gets the gnocchi treatment in this excellent bake. A midweek staple in hundreds of households, the combination of chorizo, mozzarella and gnocchi makes it a tad more luxurious than your average pasta bake.

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6. Chicken pasta bake

Baking dish of chicken pasta and a small serving on a plate

Our most popular pasta bake, with more than 600 star ratings, this gooey cheese and chicken dinner is perfect for when only a pasta dish will do. Serve straight from the dish with a green salad on the side.

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5. The best spaghetti bolognese recipe

Two bowls of spaghetti bolognese next to a pan of bolognese sauce

It's no surprise to see this Italian staple make it into our top ten, with almost 1,000 star ratings from our audience. Its simple combo of meaty, chilli sauce and spaghetti has kept families fed and satisfied for many years, served with parmesan shavings and crusty bed to wipe plates clean.

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4. Sweet potato & peanut curry

sweet potato and peanut curry served on white rice

In fourth place, with more than 900 star ratings, it's our thrifty vegan curry. It's a great way to boost your veg intake, boasting two of your five-a-day, while staying under 400 calories per portion. Cook tonight for an easy family dish which is ready in under an hour.

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3. Creamy courgette lasagne

Courgette lasagne with a chunk missing

Impress your vegetarian friends with our quick and creamy courgette lasagne. Rocking in a number three on the list, our audience loves how its light yet filling, as well as great for using up courgettes when in season. You only need 30 minutes to prep and cook, too.

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2. Chilli con carne recipe

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

In close second is this great chilli con carne, a classic dinner that's perfect for serving to friends for a casual get-together. With more than 2,500 star ratings, it's a recipe which has been followed many times by our audience, who praise it as a 'delicious crowd pleaser' that's easy to adapt to your own preferences.

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1. Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

Chicken and chorizo jambalaya in a pan

Our chicken & chorizo jambalaya takes the top spot with a whopping 2,500+ star ratings and 900+ comments from our audience. This Cajun-inspired dish sees rice combined with spicy sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes, resulting in a healthy one-pot which the whole family can enjoy. Try it for yourself and watch it become a family favourite in no time.


For more riffs on this recipe see our vegan jambalaya, prawn jambalaya and microwave jambalaya.

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