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12 Sunday Dinners Your Family Will Love

Crowd-pleasing recipes that will impress everyone at the table.

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Sunday night dinners will always hold a special place in my heart. Growing up, whether it was a weekend or a weeknight, my family always made time to sit down and have our meals together but on Sunday nights, we'd typically do something special.

My grandpa would fire up the grill for his special salmon (he always made his with cherry wood) or my grandma would get the slow cooker going first thing in the morning, then it would be all hands on deck to pull together some sides and set the table before dinner. It was an ideal way to wrap up the weekend and charge up for the week ahead.

Whether you have a Sunday night dinner tradition or not, here are 12 great options that range in effort but are sure to impress whoever grabs a seat at your table.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Alison Bickle
Alison Bickle

Start this classic roast in the morning and by dinner time you'll have a largely hands-off meal with an easy savory gravy.

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Chicken Marbella

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

If you can plan ahead, get your chicken marinated the night before to make this hands-off, crowd-pleasing and super juicy chicken Marbella to wind down the weekend.

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Arroz con Pollo

<p>Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

"This is my mother's basic arroz con pollo recipe, which she adjusts depending on her mood and what she has on hand," says author Elise Bauer. "It's an easy, stove-top, one pan dish, great for family meals."

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Baked Spaghetti

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Somewhere between spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna, this baked spaghetti is a one dish meal with sausage, mushrooms and plenty of cheese tucked through the strands of spaghetti.

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Chicken Adobo

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

This savory chicken stew is the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. Author Elizabeth Ann Quirino says, "I am sharing the very first adobo recipe I learned, when I was practically still a child."

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Shepherd's Pie

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Made with beef instead of the traditional lamb, this comforting casserole is special enough for a Sunday meal with the family and makes great leftovers for the busy week ahead.

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Foolproof Fillet of Beef

<p>Simply Recipes / Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen</p>

Simply Recipes / Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

A perfectly cooked fillet of beef is no easy feat, but this recipe breaks it down and will give you the confidence to pull it off. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable for a lovely Sunday night steak dinner at home.

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Guyanese Chicken Curry

<p>Simply Recipes / Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse</p>

Simply Recipes / Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse

Author Alicia Ramkirpal-Senhouse says, "I grew up eating this at least once a week, my mom always made the best chicken curry in the family. Now, I cook it for my family once a week as well."

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Spring Lamb Stew

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This recipe is ideal for you if you have plenty of time to spend preparing a homey, hearty stew for your Sunday evening meal. Don't worry though, the effort will pay off for days to come.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Marta Rivera
Marta Rivera

Everyone loves cheese and ham-filled chicken cordon bleu, and it's not as difficult to make as you might think.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Spaghetti and meatballs are a classic choice to end the weekend with and the whole family is sure to love it. Author Elise Bauer says, "This recipe was given to us by Rick Mindermann of our local Italian grocery store Corti Brothers."

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Smothered Pork Chops

Marta Rivera
Marta Rivera

Tender pork with a rich gravy, this Sunday dinner will impress in 40 minutes or less. Serve with mashed potatoes or an easy green salad.

Get Recipe: Easy Smothered Pork Chops

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