Quick Dinner Recipes – Helping You Get Dinner on the Table Fast!


Pesto Chicken Penne

A pesto sauce mix makes putting this recipe together a snap. Although it’s an easy recipe it seems very elegant and would be great served for company.


8 ounces penne pasta or any medium pasta
1 envelope pesto sauce mix
¾ cup milk
¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
Shredded parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the pesto mix, milk and oil in a large saucepan. Cook and stir until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.
Add the chicken and heat through.

Drain pasta. Add to sauce mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
To round out this meal, serve with a fresh, crisp green salad and warmed French bread. That’s all it takes to put together this quick dinner recipe and make it a complete meal worth of company.

Artichoke Tuna Medley

Don’t let the name fool you, this is a unique dish that is surprisingly scrumptious. It goes together quickly and is a nice change of pace.


3 ½ cups water
¼ cup butter or margarine
2 packages (4.6 ounces each) garlic and olive oil vermicelli mix
1 can (16 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna, drained and flaked
1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cider or red wine vinegar
4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced

Bring water and butter to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the vermicelli mix including the seasoning and the rest of the listed ingredients. Bring back up to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

This quick dinner recipe is complete with the addition of a salad and your favorite dressing.


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