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19 Quick And Easy Dinners Your Whole Family Will Love

From comforting mac 'n' cheese to simple one-pan meals.

Brooke Greenberg / BuzzFeed

Back-to-school season is quickly approaching, and finding time to cook a homemade dinner during these busy few weeks can be difficult.

So we rounded up a bunch of quick and easy recipes that'll please everyone — from creamy tomato soup to comforting baked spaghetti — to help make back-to-school season a little less stressful.

1. Easy Chicken Alfredo Penne

Easy Chicken Alfredo Penne
tasty.co

When in doubt, make it a pasta night.

Get the recipe: Easy Chicken Alfredo Penne

2. Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

Chicken and veggie stir fry
tasty.co

Super customizable: If you kids don't like mushrooms, leave 'em out. Or if they prefer green beans or asparagus bites, swap those in for broccoli.

Get the recipe: Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

3. Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Slow cooker loaded potato soup
tasty.co

This makes enough for six servings and reheats perfectly as leftovers.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

4. Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

lecremedelacrumb.com

FYI: You'll have to cook the noodles separately, so make sure to plan accordingly and get your water boiling as soon as you get home.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

5. Sheet Pan Honey Chili Chicken With Veggies

eatwell101.com

This recipe uses a homemade chili sauce made with just five ingredients to glaze the chicken, but you can use your favorite bottled variety to save yourself some time.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Honey Chili Chicken With Veggies

6. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

cafedelites.com

Serve these crispy chicken tenders with roasted vegetables and your favorite dipping sauce for a fuss-free dinner that'll please everyone.

Get the recipe: Lemon Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

7. Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

kirbiecravings.com

One pan and one hour is all you need to make a crowd-pleasing dinner perfect for Taco Tuesday.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

8. Baked Spaghetti

thekitchn.com

Feel free to assemble this pasta ahead of time and stash it in the fridge until you're ready to bake it. This way you can get a head start on the week and not have to worry as much about cooking.

Get the recipe: Baked Spaghetti

9. Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese "Croutons"

damndelicious.net

Because grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate after-school snack.

Get the recipe: Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese "Croutons"

10. One-Pan Mini Meatloaves

chelseasmessyapron.com

This recipe cooks both the mashed potatoes and the meatloaves at the same time — and all on one sheet pan. It can't get much easier!

Get the recipe: One-Pan Mini Meatloaves

11. Baked Chicken Taquitos

kristineskitchenblog.com

Feel free to assemble these taquitos and stash them in plastic baggies in the freezer to get a head start. When time to bake, just increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Get the recipe: Baked Chicken Taquitos

12. Italian Sloppy Joe Sub Sandwiches

letsdishrecipes.com

FYI: This recipe makes a lot of filling, so feel free to cut the recipe in half or save the leftovers and reheat throughout the week.

Get the recipe: Italian Sloppy Joe Sub Sandwiches

13. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

lifemadesweeter.com

Just throw everything into your slow cooker and walk away. No need to boil the pasta or make a separate sauce.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

14. Tater Tot Casserole

dearcrissy.com

Casseroles are always a good idea — especially when they're loaded with veggies and covered in cheesy tater tots.

Get the recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

15. Taco French Bread Pizza

life-in-the-lofthouse.com

This French bread pizza comes together in less than 30 minutes and is totally customizable. Don't like olives? Leave 'em out! Love tomatoes? Use extra!

Get the recipe: Taco French Bread Pizza

16. Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

julieseatsandtreats.com

A comfort food classic made in no time at all — all thanks to the Instant Pot!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

17. Creamy Chicken and Rice

thekitchn.com

Feel free to use shredded store-bought rotisserie chicken in place of breasts to save yourself some time.

Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Rice

18. Sheet Pan Crispy Cheddar Pork Chops

therecipecritic.com

Potatoes, brussels sprouts, and pork chops all cooked together on one pan. What could be easier?

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Crispy Cheddar Pork Chops

19. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

chefsavvy.com

Get this chili started in the morning and come home to a warm dinner ready to be enjoyed.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili