Dinner Ideas For Large Family


Here’s some of my favorite dinner ideas for large family dinners. They’ve been used multiple times in my own house and have been nominated as the best recipes in my family history! It’s a tough job making everyone happy but these suggestions have always given everyone reason for two thumbs up!

You don’t have to suffer through all those TV dinners when you have 8 kids to feed. Here are delicious and easy dinner ideas for large family.

Simple Recipes If You’re Needing To Feed A Large Family

If you’re cooking for a large family while social distancing, you’re probably getting a little tired of spending time in the kitchen. Thankfully, here are some big-batch crowd-pleasing recipes that are simple and stress-free yet full of flavor.

1. Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Slow cooker chicken tacos with avocado, queso, and tomatoes.

This true dump dinner makes 11 servings, so you can feed the whole family and even have leftovers for the next day.

2. One-Pan Sausage And Veggies

Sausage and veggies over rice.

Don’t feel constrained to using zucchini, squash and potatoes for this sheet pan meal. Pretty much whatever vegetables you have in your fridge will do the trick.

3. Fajita Pasta Bake

Fajita pasta bake with vegetables.

This Italian-Mexico mash-up features pasta and sautéed, spiced veggies (bell pepper, onion, and mushroom) baked in a mixture of sour cream and shredded pepper jack cheese.

4. Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Mix together the shredded chicken, black bean, salsa, and cheese mixture, spoon it into tortillas and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes. Serve with guacamole and sour cream. Get the recipe for sheet pan quesadillas here.

5. One-Pot Spicy Thai-Inspired Noodles

The key to this noodle dish is the sweet and spicy sauce made with brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and ginger. The recipe is totally vegetarian and packed with veggies, but you can always add your favorite protein to bulk it up. Get the recipe for one pot spicy Thai noodles here.

6. 15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice

Start with pre-cooked rice and toss it onto a baking sheet with diced boneless skinless chicken, frozen veggies, and drizzle with soy sauce. When you remove it from the oven, add some stovetop scrambled eggs and enjoy. Get the recipe for sheet pan fried rice here.

7. Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Hearty, filling, and very affordable, these skillet stuffed peppers are a meal you’ll want to make on repeat. Of course, you can use whatever ground meat you have on hand. Get the recipe for ground turkey stuffed peppers here.

8. Easy Swedish Meatballs

It’s easy to double or even triple these beef and pork meatballs. Serve them with egg noodles or mashed potatoes, and you can always freeze the leftovers for a lazy night. Get the recipe for easy Swedish meatballs here.

9. One Pot Cheesy Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli

You can never have too many one-pot recipes in your dinner arsenal. They come together in no time and leave little mess in your kitchen. Get the recipe for one pot chicken, rice, and broccoli here.

10. Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Sausage

This recipe comes together in a single cast-iron skillet, and guess what: you don’t even have to boil the noodles separately. Get the recipe for baked ziti with ricotta and sausage here.

11. One Pot Lemon Chicken, Spinach, and Asparagus Orzo

If you don’t have spinach and asparagus, don’t worry. This orzo tastes delicious with whatever veggies are in your fridge or freezer. Get the recipe for one pot lemon chicken, spinach, and asparagus orzo here.

12. Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant gets dredged in egg, flour, and panko breadcrumbs, then topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella and cooked until golden brown. Get the recipe for sheet pan eggplant parmesan here.

13. Slow Cooker Carnitas

Heat up some tortillas and serve these carnitas DIY style with your favorite toppings like avocado, pico de gallo, jalapeño, and sour cream.

14. Chicken Pot Pie With Crescent Roll Crust

The filling of this decadent pot pie is made with chicken or turkey, lots of veggies, chicken broth, flour, and cream. Using crescent roll dough for the crust saves you lots of time and effort, but the final product is still incredibly delicious. Get the recipe for chicken pot pie with crescent roll crust here.

15. Tomato Spinach Ravioli Bake

Turn store-bought cheese ravioli into a crowd-pleasing, cozy meal. You’ll need just five ingredients: Ravioli, spinach, Parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, and chopped parsley. Get the recipe for tomato spinach ravioli bake here.

Family Dinner Ideas

When cooking for our families, most of us get into a routine of cooking the same easy dinner recipes every week.

6. Garlic Spaghetti (Spaghetti Aglio e Olio)

Do you love garlic? Then we have something you’re going to love.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (garlic spaghetti) is a garlic-lovers dream dish. And the Parmesan cheese sends this dish to the moon and back with goodness.

This pasta dish has simple ingredients and it’s ready to eat in 20 minutes, start to finish.

To add more flavor to this simple traditional dish, feel free to add a bit of parsley or a dash of red pepper flakes.

Serve this garlic spaghetti with some equally buttery and delicious garlic bread.

To make this pasta dish with meat, it would be delicious with chicken breast.

Want this dish to be vegan? Simply use a vegan Parmesan cheese substitute.

7. Ravioli Lasagna

There are times when even a small change can make all the difference in the world when it comes to what our families love to eat.

One great example is when you use ravioli instead of lasagna noodles to create a delicious ravioli lasagna.

The ravioli in this lasagna adds tons of extra flavor.

Even better, though, is that it adds a whole new texture to a traditional casserole.

You can even get creative and use any type of filled ravioli for even more easy family dinner ideas.

8. Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

OK, so this isn’t exactly an elegant dinner.

However, do you want something elegant, or do you want something satisfying and tasty that your family will gobble up?

Whoever thought about combining two of our favorite meals (chili cheese dogs and pizza) was a genius.

The best part is that the adults in the family will be as excited about this fun pizza as the kids are.

Both homemade pizza dough or a store-bought version will work for this pizza recipe.

For adults, you can even add some hot peppers to make it a little spicier.


9. Quick Turkey Ragu

Also called turkey bolognese, this dish is ready in less than an hour, has loads of flavor, and is somewhat healthier than the traditional ragu that is made with beef and pork tenderloin.

This recipe uses ground turkey and turkey bacon, so you’re serving an incredibly low-fat meal to your family.

One thing that makes ragu so delicious is the red wine and fresh basil.

You can make the marinara sauce from scratch, but if you don’t have time, a store-bought marinara will work just fine.

You can serve this as a zucchini noodle dish if you’re feeling creative.

10. Black Bean Burgers

If you’re doing Meatless Monday every week, how about giving hearty black bean burgers a try for a weeknight dinner?

Not every family member may embrace a day of eating no meat, but these burgers make it effortless.

Best of all, you can load your burgers up with all of the normal fixings. Try grilled onions, garlic, pepper, and feta cheese for a gourmet meatless meal that’s packed full of protein.

Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, you may find yourself suddenly excited about Meatless Mondays when you know you’re serving these burgers.

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