11 easy weeknight skillet dishes that will save your life

A Tool to Help You Clean Your Cast-Iron Skillet

by Lisa Lozano

Tired of the night "what to make for dinner" routine? Fear not! We've got 11 quick and easy options—all made in a skillet! (Yes, that means no extra time washing dishes.) And as an added bonus, we've even included three dessert options!

No. 1: Polenta with Meat Sauce

This simple skillet supper, which cooks up quick and easy in one skillet, is a flavor-packed weeknight alternative to lasagna.

No. 2: Giant Skillet Sticky Bun

This sticky bun could pass as a cake for a casual family dinner. It's super fun to make, so if you have kids, make sure to get them involved! Tip: Use store-bought pizza dough to save time!

No. 3: Petite Filet Stroganoff

This delicious meal really feels like a treat, though it's not particularly difficult to make. This would be perfect for a Sunday night family dinner. The meat is cooked in a skillet, while the noodles are cooked separately, but everything ends up back in the skillet to get "married" together.

No. 4: Giant Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is another fun one to make with kids, and wait until you see the look on their face when they see the giant cookie! It couldn't be easier, since the batter mixes right up in the pan you're cooking it in.

No. 5: Skillet Chicken with Hot & Sweet Peppers

This skillet meal features crispy chicken thighs and robust Italian sausage (or chorizo) that is cooked with sautéed onions and peppers. Delish!

No. 6: Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet Supper

This flavorful meal is a simple combo of Italian sausage and nutrient-dense butternut squash that is served over toasted bread – how easy could that be?

No. 7: Giant Skillet Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownie

A brownie with peanut butter and pretzels? It's a salty-sweet dream! Grant uses a store-bought brownie mix, and simply adds peanut butter and pretzels. What could possibly be easier?

No. 8: 15-Minute Skillet Tamale Pie

Dinner in 15 minutes? Could it be true? This meal features all the flavors of labor intensive tamales in a mere fraction of the time it usually takes.

No. 9: Skillet-Roasted Potato Reuben Melt

For this indulgent skillet dinner, white and sweet potato wedges are crisped in the oven, then removed to the stove top, where the rest of the meal is built. First, drained sauerkraut is layered over the potatoes, followed by a homemade Russian dressing, cubed corned beef, and shredded Emmentaler cheese. Then the whole thing is browned in the oven. Yum!

No. 10: Smoky Skillet Cacciatore

This delicious skillet meal takes less than an hour to make! First, brown chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet, remove, then add smoky bacon, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and onions and sautee. Add tomato paste, fire-roasted tomatoes and delicious red wine, then return the chicken to the pan and cook through. You can serve right out of the pan, how easy is that?

No. 11: Chicken and Rice Pilaf Skillet Supper

This Moroccan-inspired skillet dinner is both delicious and nutritious. Homemade rice pilaf is fleshed out with Meyer lemon, raisins and saffron-infused chicken stock. The pilaf is then topped with poached chicken, toasted almonds, and blanched peas and green beans.

Which one of these do you think you'll prepare first? Tell us in the comments!

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11 easy weeknight skillet dishes that will save your life

Truffle Burgers with Balsamic-Glazed Mushrooms and Onion-Bacon Compote

Looking for a new spin on a classic? From its lightly-toasted brioche bun to a truffle-scented mayo and flavorful toppings (including velvety Sargento cheese), every inch of this sophisticated burger recipe from Cooking and Beer is mouthwatering. 

Get the recipe: Truffle Burgers with Balsamic-Glazed Mushrooms and Onion-Bacon Compote

Open-Face BBQ Chicken Club with Guacamole and Provolone

Burgers and hot dogs may be more familiar fare at a barbecue, but this open-face sandwich from Domesticate Me is bound to be a bigger hit with guests. A few additions, including barbecue sauce, Sargento's provolone cheese and fresh cilantro, take this club to the next level.

Get the recipe: Open-Face BBQ Chicken Club with Guacamole and Provolone

Peach Barbecue Pizza Pie

Homemade pizza is always a crowd pleaser, and this version from JJ Begonia is the perfect summer meal with its peach barbecue sauce and layered peaches on top. (Using sliced Sargento cheese here is a big time-saver, too.)

Get the recipe: Peach Barbecue Pizza Pie

Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Cheeseburgers

You won't miss the meat with these quinoa burgers. They're flavored with all kinds of wonderful spices, and as Fork Knife Swoon points out, they simply wouldn't be complete without several varieties of Sargento melted cheese.

Get the recipe: Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Cheeseburgers

Cheese and Sausage Kolache

If you're not familiar with kolache, you'll be loving it in no time with this recipe from Kitchen Living with Coryanne. This perfect summer party snack is a savory spin on a classic recipe, and includes flaky puff pastry filled with ground sausage and two kinds of Sargento cheese.

Get the recipe: Cheese and Sausage Kolache

Grilled Italian Stuffed Sandwich Loaf

This jazzed up Italian sandwich from NeighborFood can be made ahead of time and popped on the grilled for a quick meal that's ready in just 15 minutes! It's filled with meat, peppers, onions, tomatoes and Sargento cheese slices.

Get the recipe: Grilled Italian Stuffed Sandwich Loaf

Grilled Peach & Pepper Jack Pizza

A vibrant summer dish, this sweet and savory pizza from Simply Sated is made with flatbread, peaches, ham, basil, honey and Sargento cheese. (Pepper jack adds a hot kick!)

Get the recipe: Grilled Peach & Pepper Jack Pizza

Southwest Pepper Jack Burgers

Garnish & Glaze mixes meat with jalapeno, cilantro, green onion, egg, Panko breadcrumbs and spices and tops it all with Sargento's pepper jack cheese in this Southwestern style burger that brings the heat.

Get the recipe: Southwest Pepper Jack Burgers

Spicy BBQ Chicken Tostadas

It's not just burgers and hot dogs that can go on the grill these days. Tortillas get tossed on the grill and topped with Sargento cheese, beans and BBQ chicken in this summer tostada recipe from The Cookie Rookie.

Get the recipe: Spicy BBQ Chicken Tostadas

Farmers Market Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with Skinny Pesto

You can easily customize this sandwich from The Housewife in Training Files with your favorite toppers. This one is filled up with mushrooms, peppers, asparagus and Sargento provolone cheese!

Get the recipe: Farmers Market Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with Skinny Pesto


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