It can be frustrating, when look for weeknight dinners to enjoy and all the serving sizes feed 4 to 6 people (or more). These recipes are all about cooking for two: parent-and-child, couples, or roomies, who don't need to feed an army but still want delicious home cooked meals on the table.
If scaling recipes down and having leftovers isn’t in your wheelhouse, no worries! Here are 8 weeknight dinner recipes great to share with one other person.
Loaf Pan Lasagna
This is a small batch lasagna recipe made in a loaf size pan (your bread pan will work here). It serves two generous portions and is ready in less time than a large casserole would be. This recipe is also make-ahead friendly. Just assemble the lasagna the day before, stash it in the fridge then, bake as instructed the following day adding an additional 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time.
How to Make an Omelette
Omelettes are not just for breakfast! It’s an ingenious way to make a quick, filling, any-time meal with very little effort. What makes it even more genius is the versatility with which they can be prepared. Fold in fresh greens, chopped proteins, your favorite cheeses, or a handful of fresh herbs to create endless versions of the same dish. A simply dressed side salad is really all you need to make this a complete meal. This recipe serves one but can be doubled as needed!
Easy Miso Fish Soup with Soba
Because fish fillets are often sold in smaller portions, it is an ideal protein to use when cooking in onesies and two-sies. The miso used in this recipe adds profound flavors to the soup despite its short cooking time. Use firm white fish like Atlantic cod, halibut, or flounder for this recipe. Play around with the vegetables you add to the soup, too. Wedges of baby bok choy or spinach are some of my favorite add-ins.
Steak on the Stovetop
Steak is such a couple-friendly dish because you can customize it to your appetite. When it comes to this recipe, any cut of steak will do. Swap out herbs, use flavored butters, and throw onions or mushrooms into the pan after searing the steak to switch things up a bit. Baked potatoes or a medley of vegetables are great sides to serve with these steaks.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
Classic Tuna Salad
Want to have dinner for two on the table in under 15 minutes? This is a quick and easy tuna salad that can be jazzed up in so many ways. You can add chopped capers, olives, scallions or pickled peppers to the mix for added texture and flavor. Scoop the tuna salad over a bed of greens and veggies or sandwich it between two slices of your favorite bread (and don't forget the chips).
Easy Salmon Foil Packets with Vegetables
TThis recipe uses harissa, which is a spice paste from the North African country of Tunisia, and when blended with mayonnaise, it gives the salmon a subtle, spicy flavor. If you can't find Harissa paste, use a dried Harissa spice instead. If finding Harissa at all proves to be a feat, replace it with sambal oelek for an Indonesian flare, or you could even use sriracha.
Instant Pot Ginger Soy Tilapia
Did the week get away from you and you have no idea what to make for dinner? These tilapia fillets go straight from the freezer into the Instant Pot for a quick and flavorful meal. The fish is steamed in a mixture of ginger, soy sauce, and mirin. And, you can go ahead and use any other flaky white fish you have on hand. Pollock, flounder, and cod work great in this recipe.
Classic Patty Melt
This Classic Patty Melt is a meatier, more adult alternative to the plain grilled cheese sandwich. You can turn this plain patty melt into a Philadelphia cheesesteak patty melt by adding mushrooms and bell peppers to the sandwich. Serve with simple side of potato chips.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
Cacio e Pepe
With the fiery-fruity power of coarsely ground black pepper and the pungency of Pecorino Romana cheese, this pasta is a great one to throw together for an easy yet impressive Italian restaurant meal at home.
Kai Jeow (Thai Omelet)
This umami-packed Thai omelet is quick to whip up and easy to adjust (add as much or as little mined fresh chile as you like). Serve with rice and crunchy raw vegetables. The recipe makes one big omelet, but you can scale it up to make two.
Sheet Pan Cauliflower Nachos
Are nachos a meal? We say heck yes! These low-carb nachos are messy enough to merit enjoying with a knife and fork, but you can also dig in straight from the sheet pan. It's not hard to put away the whole pan in a sitting.
Noodles With Cucumbers and a Lot of Chili Crisp
Dinner's on the table in 30 minutes with this one, and you don't really need any sides. The only prep work is slicing the cucumber.