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8 Ultimate Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas

July 24, 2020 6 min read

8 Ultimate Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas

You've had a long week at work and an even busier weekend. When it comes to Sunday dinner, all you really want are a few lazy Sunday dinner ideas that are super-quick to prepare and super-simple to cook!

That's why we decided to put together this article to give you the rundown of our favorite easy Sunday dinners. From lazy lasagna to delicious pot roasts, our easy Dutch oven recipes will keep you happy at the end of the week and keep the entire family satisfied.

Here are our ultimate lazy Sunday dinner ideas!

The Best Sunday Night Dinner Ideas

There are so many fantastically delicious yet super-simple recipes you can easily cook up for Sunday dinner at home. All of our Sunday supper ideas are either quick to cook (noodles, for instance!), or they are easy to prepare before you leave them to bake in the oven (hello lazy lasagna!).

You'll need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment, such as cast iron skillets, or for the pot roasts, a cast iron double Dutch oven works particularly well. Without further ado, here are the ultimate lazy Sunday dinner ideas!

#1 Juicy, tender, lazy braised beef

The first of our lazy Sunday meals is braised beef. It may sound difficult but it's delightfully simple!

A Dutch oven will make things much easier for this dish since you can use the same pot the whole way through. Take a large chunk of beef, turn the stovetop up to high heat, and braise (cook on high heat to essentially scorch the outside) the meat in the bottom of the Dutch oven.

When it's been braised, you can cook up a deliciously rich gravy, using butter, onions, red wine, and stock. You'll then pour this in with the braised beef, add in a few herbs such as rosemary or thyme, and then leave the pot to slowly cook in the oven for 3 hours.

Yes, it takes a long time to slow cook, but the beef will be so juicy and tender at the end of it. Once it's in the oven, you don't have to do anything else, just kick back and enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon!

Why not try out our juicy, tender, lazy Sunday braised beef recipe this weekend?

#2 Deliciously simple Dutch oven pot roast

There's nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy a delicious Sunday roast dinner with all the trimmings. In many parts of the U.S., it's a tradition that goes back years, but it's a tradition that's often more associated with hours spent working in the kitchen, rather than anything lazy!

But that's where our deliciously simple Dutch oven pot roast recipe comes into play because once the prep is done, you just sit back and enjoy your Sunday away from the kitchen. You'll need a Dutch oven, a large beef chuck to roast, and a few of your favorite vegetables.

Simply brown the beef and vegetables, then add some beef broth and spices (listed in our recipe) into the Dutch oven. Close the lid and place the pot inside your oven to slowly cook for a few hours while you binge Netflix!

Here's our deliciously simple Dutch oven pot roast recipe!

#3 Easy one-pot roast chicken

Just like braised beef or roasted beef chucks, you can easily prepare a one-pot roast chicken that will keep the whole family well-fed on Sunday afternoon!

With a large Dutch oven, or with a casserole dish or baking tray, you can cook all of your vegetables and your chicken at the same time. We highly recommend a Dutch oven, for the tastiest, juiciest results. You'll be able to keep all of those marvelous chicken and veggie juices cooking together.

Simply prepare your vegetables - we love potatoes, carrots, and onions - and layer them over the bottom of your pot or dish. Prepare your whole chicken and bury it in the vegetables. Once the preparation is all done, all you need to do is throw the pot in the oven and let it roast.

Check out our full recipe for roasted chicken and enjoy the perfect Sunday!

#4 Lazy Sunday skillet lasagna

One of the best ideas for Sunday dinner is our lazy Sunday skillet lasagna recipe!

It's one of the cooking world's biggest myths that lasagna needs to take hours to cook. In fact, our lasagna recipe only takes 30 minutes in a cast iron skillet.

All you need to do is cook up your ground beef and onions in the skillet, add in your tomato sauce, then layer over a few sheets of lasagna and allow them to soften up in the sauce. Once they are soft, add your cheese to the top and let it melt over!

For a one-pot, 30-minute cooking session, the results will be tantalizingly tasteful.

#5 Simple Sunday skillet sausage

Okay, so you've got a lot of mouths to feed and very little time to cook. Time to break out our simple Sunday skillet sausage recipe!

This great dish only needs a cast iron skillet and 20 minutes of your time, and you can cook up a huge amount of food for everyone. You'll need sausages, onions, broccoli, bell peppers, and plenty of cooked rice.

Start cooking your rice first, while you cook the rest of your ingredients in the skillet. Add some stock, and maybe a few spices, then let everything cook together with the rice.

You can serve up the dish with plenty of melted mozzarella over the top. It's quick and easy, and it's a crowd-pleaser on Sundays.

#6 Quick ground beef noodles

One of our favorite quick Sunday dinners is ground beef and noodles. Fast preparation and in a cast iron skillet!

For this quick meal, all you need is ground beef, noodles, and a few vegetables. You can use up any noodles (or even pasta) that you have in the cupboard, and it really doesn't matter which veggies you throw into the skillet either - it's going to taste great!

Simply boil your noodles in one pan while you brown your beef and soften your vegetables in the skillet. You can make a delicious sauce using one tin of tomato soup mixed with one tin of mushroom soup (or anything else you have in the pantry).

Mix everything together, throw in a few herbs or spices, and let it all cook in the skillet before serving.

#7 Sunday shrimp stir-fry

If you're looking for a quick and tasty meal, then look no further than a shrimp stir fry!

This is one of the best lazy Sunday dinner ideas, purely because it takes almost no time at all to prepare. You'll need a large cast iron wok (although you could get away with a skillet, too). Heat up some oil, then throw in your shrimp and a few stir fry vegetables to flash fry in the pan.

If you've got stir fry sauce at home, use as much as you want! Soy sauce or chili sauce work great for a different flavor, too. Serve with noodles, and you can have the whole meal ready in 20 minutes!

#8 Skillet mac n' cheese

Mac n' cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Lazy Sundays are the best time of the week to enjoy comforting, cheesy food!

Mac n' cheese is a classic dish, and it really doesn't take too much time to prepare it. You probably already have your own recipe, but ours is great if you are looking to up the wow-factor! All you need is a big bag of macaroni pasta, a creamy cheese sauce, some ham, and a cast iron skillet.

Partly cook your macaroni, prepare your cheese sauce, and then fill up a big casserole dish with your ingredients. It's Sunday, so don't hold back on the cheese. Grate as much as you want over the top, for a crispy, cheesy finish to the dish.

Place the skillet into the middle of the oven and let your Mac n' cheese bake before serving (go ahead, put some extra cheese on there!). From start to finish, this is a lazy Sunday dinner that takes little effort and feeds the whole family.

Lazy Sunday dinner takeaways

From lazy lasagnas to one-pot roast dinners, our delicious Sunday meal ideas are quick and easy to cook up. We guarantee that they'll leave the entire family satisfied, if not craving more. Bookmark our Sunday dinner recipes for this weekend!

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