20 minute dinners

Not got much time to cook? Want to spend more time away from the kitchen? We've got the answer! These 20 minute dinners are just as tasty but are made in half the time! From pastas to stews and even some healthy takeaway alternatives, these recipes are all on the table in 20 minute

Polenta with pancetta and garlic mush
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Not got much time to cook? Want to spend more time away from the kitchen? We've got the answer! These 20 minute dinners are just as tasty but are made in half the time! From pastas to stews and even some healthy takeaway alternatives, these recipes are all on the table in 20 minute

These speedy 20 minute dinners are perfect if you're looking for something quick and easy to rustle up for the family at dinner time. From surprising risotto to easy pasta, we've got lots of delicious meals for you to try.

Not got much time to cook? Want to spend more time away from the kitchen? We've got the answer! These 20 minute dinners are just as tasty but are made in half the time! From stir-fry to stews and even some healthy takeaway alternatives, these recipes are all on the table in 20 minutes.

Dinner time doesn't have to mean standing around in the kitchen for hours, not with these speedy meals. These 20 minute dinners can be prepared and cooked all in the space of 20 minutes. That means plenty of time for you to chill out, put your feet up with a nice glass of wine and enjoy some quality family time.

Click through to see all of our quick and easy 20 minute dinners. You'll want to try them all...

First up is this delicious leek and pepper tagliatelle. This healthy pasta dish is made with plenty of veggies including leeks, peppers and is infused with garlic. This meal works out at only 300 calories per serving.

Get the recipe: Leek and pepper tagliatelle

Sticky Yakitori chicken

Sticky Yakitori chicken

This Japanese classic is the perfect marriage of sweet, sour and sticky. If you prefer, you could use chicken thigh fillets instead of breast for a more inexpensive meal which still will taste great.

Get the recipe: Sticky Yakitori chicken

Tangy beef and mushroom noodles

Tangy beef and mushroom noodles

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Yes, this delicious noodle dish can be on your table in only 20 minutes! Packed with tender cuts of beef and soft, noodles tossed in plenty of mushrooms, there is plenty to love about this easy dish. This recipe serves 4 people but is simple to adjust quantities to suit your family.

Get the recipe: Tangy beef and mushroom noodles

Slimming World's leek macaroni cheese

Slimming World's leek macaroni cheese

Not only does this tasty macaroni cheese take 20 mins to make, it's also a Slimming World reicpe which makes it even better. This flavour-packed pasta bake is infused with a hint of mustard, plenty of cheese and garnished with chives. It's the guilt-free version of a comfort food classic.

Get the recipe: Slimming World's leek macaroni cheese

Sweet and sour sausage meatballs

Sweet and sour sausage meatballs

Give your meatballs a new lease of life with this delicious sweet and sour sausage meatballs recipe. The meatballs are tender and bursting with flavour. Add handfuls carrot, peppers, pineapple and a drizzle or two of soy sauce and you've got one mouth-watering 20 minute dinner.

Get the recipe: Sweet and sour sausage meatballs

Cheesy chorizo quesadillas

Cheesy chorizo quesadillas

These speedy cheesy chorizo quesadillas are a Mexican classic that can be on the table in just 20 mins. Serve these delicious parcels with guacamole, sour cream and hot salsa - if you dare!

Get the recipe: Cheesy chorizo quesadillas

Bacon and pea cheesy risotto

Bacon and -pea cheesy risotto

Sweet peas and salty cheese combine in this simple rice dish to make a tasty dinner in no time at all. Serve with a green salad for a healthy mid-week supper.

Get the recipe: Bacon and pea cheesy risotto

Cheesy pesto gnochhi

Cheesy pesto gnochhi

Gnocchi is a delicious alternative to pasta. Light and fluffy, it's the perfect thing to coat in full-flavoured basil pesto. As gnocchi takes minutes to cook, this dish can be made in well under 20 minutes.

Get the recipe: Cheesy pesto gnochhi

Sweet chilli fish with broccoli

Sweet chilli fish with broccoli and potatoes

We love this tasty swordfish dish which uses a quick sweet chilli glaze to get loads of flavour onto the fish quickly. Served with bright and crunchy Tenderstem broccoli, this is a delicious dinner for warm evenings.

Get the recipe: Sweet chilli fish with broccoli

Polenta with saucy mushrooms

Polenta with pancetta and garlic mush

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Polenta makes the perfect alternative to mashed potatoes if you combine it with milk and whip into a soft and smooth texture. In this recipe the polenta is topped with a simple garlic mushroom and chopped tomato combination.

Get the recipe: Polenta with saucy mushrooms

Pan fried lamb with giant couscous

Giant cous cous with lamb

Lamb doesn't have to take ages to cook. This dish uses lamb neck to make a speedy dish with loads of flavour. Keeping the lamb pink will make sure it is soft, tender and a delicious option to serve with giant cous cous which will soak up the cooking juices well.

Get the recipe: Pan fried lamb with giant couscous

Sausages with red onion gravy and sweet potato mash

Sausages with sweet potato and squash mash

Give your usual sausage and mash a new lease of life with this delicious dinner idea. Sweet potatoes make a speedy, sweet and creamy mash that works perfectly with rich onion gravy and meaty sausages.

Get the recipe: Sausages with red onion gravy and sweet potato mash

Thai prawn curry noodles

Thai prawn curry noodles

Classic Thai flavours are used in this tasty broth to bring a bit of spice to your family meals. Serving four and taking under 20 minutes, these curried noodles combine juicy prawns, crunchy peppers and zingy spring onions for a delicious dinner.

Get the recipe: Thai prawn curry noodles

Creamy salmon tagliatelle

Salmon amd pea tagliatelle

If you like salmon then you're going to love this speedy supper which includes meaty chunks of this delicious fish. The crème fraîche, added at the last minute, brings everything together in a smooth sauce.

Get the recipe: Creamy salmon tagliatelle

Chicken tagine with couscous

Chicken tagine with couscous

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This speedy chicken tagine and couscous is a quick and healthy family dinner. Couscous requires no cooking on the hob, just pour on boiling water, cover and leave for a few minutes. Simple.

Get the recipe: Chicken tagine with couscous

Chorizo and bean salad

Chorizo and bean salad

This aromatic and colourful chorizo and bean salad is not only good for you it only takes 20 minutes to make. Food at its best!

Get the recipe: Chorizo and bean salad

Mexican steak fajitas

Mexican steak fajitas

Mexican steak fajitas are a fun dinner that the whole family can enjoy.

Simply cook up the filling and leave the assembly 'til the table!

Get the recipe: Mexican steak fajitas (opens in new tab)

Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork

Make your own Chinese meal in no time with this quick sweet and sour

pork recipe from Woman's Weekly. With pineapple, green beans and

tomatoes, this recipe is a healthier and cheaper alternative to fatty

takeaways.

Get the recipe: Sweet and sour pork

Bacon squeak frittata

Bacon squeak frittata

A fritatta is a fatter version of an omelette and usually packed with veg. This recipe takes the key ingredients for bubble and squeak so that you get the bacon and cabbage flavour in half the time. This fritatta gives your kids a dose of vegetables and will fill them up thanks to all that protein - a winner all round.

Get the recipe: Bacon squeak frittata

Coronation chicken

Creamy coronation chicken

Give your chicken extra flavour without spending more time in the kitchen with the simple coronation chicken- it'll brighten up your meal.

Get the recipe: Creamy coronation chicken, chicken

Garlic and herb lamb lollipops

Slimming World's garlic and herb lamb lollipops

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If you're on a diet don't give up on delicious meals. These garlic and herb flavoured lamb chops are juicy, delicious and won't pile on the pounds.

Get the recipe: Garlic and herb lamb lollipops

Herby pork steaks

Herby pork steaks

A tasty meat dish isn't off the menu just because you don't have much

time. This herby pork steak recipe allows you to have a meat-packed

dinner on the table in 20 mins.

Get the recipe: Herby pork steaks (opens in new tab)

Goat's cheese saffron risotto with smoked salmon

Goat's cheese saffron risotto with smoked salmon

This simple risotto is packed full of flavour. Goat's cheese, saffron and smoked salmon make a delicious quick risotto option.

Get the recipe: Goat's cheese saffron risotto with smoked salmon

Courgette and pesto pasta

courgette pasta

Pesto can posh up your pasta in minutes. If it's your classic go-to meal when you're in a hurry then why not try adding a few extra bits to make it a bit more special. This easy recipe also counts towards your 5-a-day!

Get the recipe: Courgette and pesto pasta

Penne pasta with spinach and cream

Penne pasta with spinach and cream

A simple but delicious pasta recipe is all you need for dinner in a flash. This creamy spinach pasta uses just 7 ingredients for its quick and easy sauce.

Get the recipe: Penne pasta with spinach and cream

Quick chickpea and sweet potato curry

Quick chickpea and sweet potato curry

A chickpea and sweet potato curry is a healthier alternative to your regular meat curry and it's super quick. The kids will love the tangy curry taste and it will hide the fact they're eating veg.

Get the recipe: Quick chickpea and sweet potato curry

Mushroom, leek and cheese omelette

Mushroom and leek omelete

Omelettes aren't just for breakfast. The speedy egg dish can be teamed with a variety of different fillings to make a tasty dinner like this mushroom, leek and cheese omelette.

Get the recipe: Mushroom, leek and cheese omelette. (opens in new tab)

Mediterranean chicken and potato stir-fry

Chicken and potato stir fry

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A simple mix of chicken and potatoes is given a new twist with this Mediterranean chicken and potato stir-fry recipe. Six ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to try this at home.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean chicken and potato stir-fry (opens in new tab)

Gino D'Acampo's eggs with broccoli

Gino D'Acampo's eggs with broccoli

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Eggs are a Godsend when it comes to quick cooking. Cook with aubergine, broccoli, tomatoes and olives in Gino D'Acampo's eggs with broccoli recipe for a healthy meal.

Get the recipe: Gino D'Acampo's eggs with broccoli recipe (opens in new tab)

Salmon pasta with creme fraiche

Salmon pasta with creme friache_Alaska Seafood

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Salmon pasta with creme fraiche is a light option for dinner in a hurry. Tinned salmon is very useful for a quick meal and is still packed with a healthy dose of omega-3.

Get the recipe: Salmon pasta with creme fraiche (opens in new tab)

Peanut chicken noodle salad

Peanut chicken noodle salad

This crunchy fresh salad makes a quick meal at any time of the day. Using peanut butter in the dressing makes this quick and tasty with very little fuss.

Get the recipe: Peanut chicken noodle salad

Crushed potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn

Crushed potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn

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Use up leftover potatoes and storecupboard staples in this crushed potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn recipe. It's ready in just 20 minutes and is only 59p a serving - great if you're in a rush or on a budget.

Get the recipe: Crushed potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn (opens in new tab)

Easy beef stroganoff

stroganoff

Making a classic dish like stroganoff in just a couple of easy steps is bound to shave off some time in the kitchen. Our stronganoff gives you the same great taste - just in less time!

Get the recipe: Easy beef stroganoff

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Not got much time? Get stuffing! These stuffed peppers are filled with delicious couscous, sunblush tomatoes and mozzarella for a lively Mediterranean taste.

Get the recipe: Stuffed peppers (opens in new tab)

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