A Sunday dinner can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, Sunday dinner is a whole event, with extended family joining in and a meal that lasts all day. For others, it’s the one time in the week they actually get to cook without stress and put a meal on the table everyone is home to enjoy. No matter how your Sunday suppers look, having a list of Sunday dinner ideas and recipes is a must to make this the meal you look forward to the most.
I love a Sunday. The Sunday scaries are very real, but there is something nice and slow about a Sunday. You’ve got the chance to soak in the day and relax with your family, while also getting things in order for another busy week. Making Sunday dinner a thing in your home — even if all it really means is that you eat a little earlier than usual — is a great way to put a cap on the weekend and feel like you can start thinking ahead. These Sunday dinner recipes and ideas range from meals that take a bit of prep work and time to slow cooker meals that you can just let cook all day long while you rest. But all of these Sunday dinner recipes are warm, cozy, and hearty, and they will give you all the feels as you feed your people at the end of the weekend.
This is one of those luscious dishes that feels extra fancy, but is really kid-friendly and just good old fashioned comfort food. Whip up this pasta carbonara recipe for an early afternoon Sunday dinner and enjoy all the cozy feels from the creamy sauce and the crispy bacon bits.
You know what I love about cooking on Sundays? Just the general calmness that comes with taking your time to put together a meal. A classic lasagna is a great Sunday dinner because you can really enjoy the process of putting the meal together and having it bake away in the oven while you enjoy your Sunday afternoon.
Cast Iron Italian Chicken Pizza
I know pizza feels like a Friday dinner, but homemade pizza, especially this cast iron Italian chicken pizza from Dude That Cookz, is absolutely a Sunday supper to try. It’s actually pretty easy to put together and uses pre-made fresh pizza dough, but you can also use the time on a Sunday to try a couple of different pizzas and have a little feast.
Pork Loin Roast
A pork loin roast is an incredible Sunday dinner because it’s so versatile. You can make it with tons of different sides — like mashed potatoes and veggies — or even shred it up and use it for tacos or sandwiches. It can cook nice and slow on a Sunday, and it’ll fill your house with the absolute best smell.
Beef Barley Soup
Like a beef stew but a little lighter, this beef barley soup is so easy — it’ll seriously blow your mind. With all of those good ingredients in, this soup is definitely meant to be packed full of nutrients and flavor. It makes for beautiful leftovers, but it’s just a really great choice for a Sunday dinner.
At one point in this Sunday dinner recipe, you’re going to have everything simmering for about an hour — how dreamy and delicious is that? This beef stew is actually fairly simple, but my goodness, it is a stick-to-your-ribs meal and the perfect one for a Sunday supper.
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Hearty, cozy, warm — what more could you ask for in a Sunday dinner? Damn Delicious’ chicken and wild rice soup requires some chopping, which always feels extra special on a slow, easy Sunday afternoon. And the smell is just incredible — it’ll waft through your home all day long.
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Is there anything more comforting than a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs? This recipe from A Cozy Kitchen makes incredible meatballs, but helps you cut corners with jarred pasta sauce. (Feel free to make your own though.) And these spaghetti and meatballs are great for lunch leftovers.
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
A slow cooker is great on busy weeknights, but it’s also great for a lazy Sunday. Throw everything in for this slow cooker chicken pot pie soup from Pinch of Yum first thing in the morning and you’ll have an epic Sunday dinner that afternoon. Plus the slow cooker making your soup gives you plenty of time to make these adorable and delicious heart-shaped biscuits.
Garlic Butter Steak & Potatoes Skillet
OK, it’s not date night, but you need to make this garlic butter steak and potatoes skillet anyway. A comfort meal to the highest degree, this dish is so impressive, but incredibly easy, and everyone will be delighted with it for a Sunday meal. Just toss some veggies on the side or even a salad.
Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew
Brunswick stew is a personal favorite of mine, but on the stove it can be a tedious recipe. This slow cooker Brunswick stew from A Spicy Perspective still takes some time to prep, but it also cooks all on its own, giving you your Sunday to enjoy and rest before you dive into a big bowl of cozy comfort.
Whether you want to spend most of your Sunday chopping and sautéing or just want to have a nice, quiet meal ready to go in the slow cooker when 3 p.m. hits, these Sunday dinner recipes are sure to inspire.
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