In many families, Sunday dinner is the meal that we most look forward to throughout the week.
It’s a time for gathering around one another, catching up on the week’s events, and enjoying a delicious meal together.
If you feel like trying something new for your upcoming Sunday dinner, why not take a look at some of the recipes we’ve compiled below.
Whether you want something classic, easy, or adventurous, there’s something for everyone, just keep reading.
1. One Pot Puerto Rican Chicken And Rice
If you want to try something a little different this Sunday, but don’t feel like slaving away making an elaborate meal, then this recipe is for you.
A classic in many Puerto Rican families, this recipe is full of delicious flavors. Bell peppers, rice, chicken, paprika, cumin, and bay leaf (see also ‘4 Fantastic Bay Leaf Substitutes‘), there’s so much to love about this dish!
2. Fiesta Chicken Casserole
The first of many delicious casseroles on our list, this one is perfect for when you want something hearty for your Sunday evening meal.
Cheesy, creamy, with lots of corn, beans and pasta, this one is a real crowd favorite.
3. Scallop Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes
If you’re in the mood for making something slightly fancier this Sunday, why not try this recipe which tastes just as good as the classic recipe found in many restaurants.
You’re sure to be hailed as a great chef with your family on Sunday if you choose to make this dish. An added bonus is that it only takes a mere 20 minutes to make!
4. Crockpot Barbacoa Pork
Calling all pork lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This dish is so tasty and easy to prepare that it might become a staple. It goes great inside tacos, burrito bowls, or just by itself.
Keep the leftovers and use them for lunch the next day.
5. 20 Minute Chicken Cutlets With Creamy Pesto Sauce
This dish is another on our list that is really simple and easy to make when you’re feeling like having a lazy Sunday.
It’s made with deliciously tender chicken cutlets (see also ‘20 + Amazing Chicken Cutlet Recipes To Try Today‘), that are paired with a gorgeously creamy pesto sauce that is absolutely to die for!
6. One Pot Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Yes, you read that correctly. This recipe only required one pot, so you’ll barely have any cleaning to do after this one (see also ‘33 Simple One-Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes‘). It’s got all the good stuff too, shrimp, garlic, fresh basil, and plenty of vegetables.
This one is also super healthy for when you’re trying to shed a few extra pounds.
7. Lemon Garlic Pasta With Salmon
Salmon is truly one of the most delicious and versatile fish out there. This salmon pasta recipe contains plenty of lemony, garlicky sauce, with tender chunks of fish meat packed inside.
This one will also make some tasty leftovers from monday. You’ll want to make this dish again and again!
8. Mushroom And Kale Skillet Lasagna
We all know that lasagna makes a great Sunday dinner meal, it’s hearty, it’s creamy, it’s tomatoey, but mostly, it’s filled with juicy meat and pasta.
This recipe puts a little twist on the traditional recipe, and is perfect for when you want to spice things up a little. It uses kale and mushrooms inside, and replaces the traditional tomato sauce with white sauce instead.
Can we say, indulgence?
9. Baked Spinach Ravioli With Pesto Cream Sauce
Another gorgeously rich Italian recipe, because, why not? This gorgeous pasta recipe boasts a deliciously herby, peso sauce, that is worked into the pasta shells, leaving a burst of flavor in your mouth.
If this wasn’t enough, the ooey gooey cheese topping will leave you salivating.
10. Braised Short Ribs
This Sunday recipe is perfect as the weather grows colder, and we need something hearty to warm us up.
With rich, tender meat that falls off of the bone, along with a red wine, and herb packed sauce, this one is sure to keep you feeling toasty.
11. Gigi Hadid Pasta
This amusingly named pasta dish is sure to have the kids giggling. This pasta recipe actually went viral online, and we can see why! It is a veritable ooey gooey pot of deliciousness.
With tonnes of pasta shells, and plenty of creamy cheese, topped with red chili flakes, what is there not to love?
12. Skillet Buffalo Chicken
Are you a big fan of buffalo wings but aren’t sure how they could be incorporated into a Sunday dinner meal? Don’t worry, we’ve got the recipe for you right here.
These chicken filets are smothered in a spicy and creamy sauce that resembles your favorite appetizers. Super easy to prepare too, you simply have to make this one.
13. Chickpea And Jackfruit Curry
Perhaps your family is trying to incorporate more vegetarian based meals into your diets.If this is the case, then this vegan curry recipe is amazing.
With lots of meaty jackfruit, chickpeas, and a whole host of other vegetables, this curry is a winner.
14. Avocado Chicken Pizza
If you feel like making something fun and creative this Sunday with the kids, what better dish is there to make than a pizza?
This avocado and chicken topped pizza makes a super tasty combination, but don’t be afraid to experiment and try out your own combinations too.
15. Linguine With Lemon Alfredo Shrimp
On this surface, this dish looks incredibly indulgent with its creamy, cheesy sauce, but it actually isn’t that calorie dense.
This is a great meal for when you’re trying to reduce your fat intake, as it uses reduced fat cream cheese for the sauce. Tasty and healthy!
16. Air Fryer Greek Turkey Burgers
Burgers are a great choice for making a tasty Sunday dinner without any hassle. If you want to make the process even easier, why not whip out the air fryer and make these tasty Greek turkey burgers?
They have lots of tangy feta, rich herbs, and garlic packed inside, and are absolutely to die for!
17. BBQ Chicken Bowls
These barbeque flavored bowls of deliciousness are perfect for those warm summer months when you’re craving something fresh.
With lots of crunchy coleslaw, flavorful beans, and fluffy potatoes, this recipe is a winner. It only takes 15 minutes to make too.
18. 25 Minute Chicken And Veggie Enchiladas
Who can resist a delicious Mexican food style enchilada. This recipe is fantastic for helping you to use any leftover pieces of vegetables that you might have stored in the refrigerator.
With squash, onion, and zucchini, it’s super nutritious and great for feeding picky eaters.
19. Beef And Bean Sloppy Joes
This is a copycat recipe of everyone’s childhood favorite. With loads of hearty beans added into the meat, this makes for the perfect bulky Sunday dinner that you’ve all been craving.
Added into the mix are tomato sauce and sugar to give you that extra sweetness.
20. The Best Meatloaf
Who doesn’t love a deliciously dense portion of meatloaf on their plate on a Sunday afternoon. This meatloaf (see also ‘19 Of The Best Recipes For Leftover Meatloaf‘) is positively brimming with flavor, not to mention boasting the perfect meaty yet tender texture.
Finished off with a tangy, sweet glaze, you’ll be having a second serving for sure.
21. Beijing Beef
If you feel like trying something that you are guaranteed to adore, then this Beijing beef recipe is really fun to experiment with.
It is essentially a super rich, tangy, stir fry recipe that is loosely based on the one found at Panda Express. Recreate this delicious meal in the comfort of your own home.
22. Islander Pork
Take out your crock pot ready to whip up some of these delicious sections of pork. Tenderly cooked in a tasty, sweet and tangy sauce, you will fall in love with this recipe.
The honey used in this recipe is what gives it that gorgeous sweetness that we adore. Serve with some green beans and mashed potatoes.
23. Roast Chicken
Nothing beats plain and simple roast chicken. If you’re just getting started out in roasting your own chicken meat, take a look at this recipe to help you perfect your technique.
It gives some handy instructions on how to get it to reach that gorgeously juicy yet crispy texture.
24. Mushroom Beef Stroganoff
This incredibly warming dish is just what you need on a Sunday evening to help you settle down for the evening. It’s such a comfort dish, packed with beef stock, mustard, brandy, mushrooms, and noodles.
We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.
25. Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
We simply can’t get enough pasta dishes on this list, and these ones come in shell form, arguably the best shape around.
Baked with lots of creamy cheese that has been crisped until it reaches a golden-like appearance, this alfredo recipe is truly the best one you’ll find on the internet.
26. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
If you love steak, then you simply must try these delicious bite sized morsels of beefy goodness. These are cooked perfectly in an indulgent garlic butter sauce.
The best bit about this dish? It’s ready in just 15 minutes! Serve these bites up with an array of different vegetables, along with a creamy potatoey mash.
27. Country Captain
Do you love both low country cooking and Indian curry (see also ‘27 Of The Best Indian Recipes For Dinner‘)? If you do, then this combination was made for you. It is commonly served in Savannah as well as in Charleston, and consists of a delicious tomato curried sauce.
Lots of fragrant spices are then added to the dish to give it its distinctive flavor, which pairs beautifully with the succulent chicken inside.
28. Skillet Ravioli Lasagna
Why not finish off our list with another variation of the classic lasagna dish? This one is incredibly easy to make on a Sunday when you don’t feel like spending too much time layering the meal.
This recipe simply uses ravioli instead. Ooze some delicious mozzarella on top, and voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious Sunday dinner prepared.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is Sunday Dinner Traditional?
For those of you who are curious about the origins of Sunday dinner, and why it is a staple of many households today, let us provide a (very brief) history.
It first began with the Roman Catholics and Anglicans who abstained from eating meat products at specific times during the week.
Sunday roast was a celebratory day, because it was when eating meat and dairy products were allowed.
The Sunday roast was first properly established as we know it today, during the reign of the monarch King Henry V11, in the year of 1485.
This is why we tend to indulge in a lot of meat and cheese based dinners on Sundays today.
What Are Some Good Dinner Ideas For A Sunday?
We’ve already looked at a lot of Sunday roast ideas on our list above, but to recap, the following meals are perfect to consume on a Sunday evening:
- Ravioli dishes (see also our favorite ravioli fillings)
- Roast meat
- Salmon dishes
What Time Should Sunday Dinner Be Served?
There is no set time that Sunday dinner should be served, it is up to the individual household to decide when they’d like to have their meal.
Based on tradition, however, Sunday dinners are typically eaten around 3pm, especially in the UK.
Is Sunday Dinner A British Thing?
Like we mentioned earlier, the traditional Sunday meal was brought forth by King Henry VII’s rule in 1485. His bodyguards were even known as ‘beefeaters’ because they enjoyed consuming roasted beef so much.
The traditional British Sunday dinner consists of roast meat, potatoes, vegetables, and Yorkshire puddings.
There are so many ideas out there for you to choose from when preparing your next Sunday dinner.
Whether you want something light and fresh, or rich and indulgent, you’ll find the perfect recipe right here on our list.
Why not try something new this Sunday and impress your family with your impeccable culinary skills?
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