Our 20 most-pinned quick and easy weeknight meals, ever!

Nov 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET

There's no reason to fear weeknight cooking when you have this arsenal of quick and tasty recipes under your belt.

Pinterest users have spoken, and these 20 easy and delicious recipes are as yummy as they are popular. Try one the next time you find yourself running out of time at the end of the day — your stomach (and family!) will thank you.

Meat recipes

1. Gooey, cheesy pepperoni and spinach-stuffed bread recipe

Gooey, cheesy pepperoni and spinach stuffed bread

Sometimes you just want comfort food after a long day, and with just 5 ingredients, this ooey, gooey stuffed bread is just the ticket.

2. Delicious shrimp scampi recipe

Delicious shrimp scampi recipe

Quick-cooking shrimp is a weeknight dinner champ. Here, it mingles with savory mushrooms, garlic and butter.

3. Crock-Pot beef stew recipe

Tonight's dinner: Crock Pot beef stew

You'll want to give your slow cooker a big kiss after tasting this savory beef stew.

4. Fast-fix dinner: Casserole recipes

Fast fix dinner: Casseroles

These hearty casseroles can be made ahead of time, and lots of leftovers means you can take a night off from cooking tomorrow.

5. Simple, spicy shrimp pasta recipe

Simple spicy shrimp pasta

Put some spice back into your life with this easy take on shrimp fra diavolo, a fiery Italian favorite.

6. Beef orzo skillet recipe

Beef orzo skillet

This cheesy, beefy skillet recipe uses just one pan and is ready in under 30 minutes. Can you say "winner"?

7. Stir-fry noodles with shrimp and vegetables recipe

Stir-fry noodles with shrimp and vegetables

Think of this stir-fry recipe as a base — you can add in any veggies you have on hand, and the sweet and savory sauce tastes great on basically anything.

8. Super soup-and-sandwich meal recipes

Super soup & sandwich meals

A simple soup-and-sandwich meal can feel so comforting, and best of all, the leftovers make a perfect lunch.

9. Quick and easy make-ahead recipes

Quick-and-easy recipes you can make ahead

Make-ahead meals are a weeknight weapon that should be in every home cook's arsenal. One of the secrets to making these easy-freeze meals tasty? Lots of cheese.

10. Make-ahead freezer meal recipes

Make-ahead freezer meals for when you don’t feel like cooking

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You really can't have too many of these make-ahead meal recipes up your sleeve, and when you're sitting back with a glass of wine after work instead of slaving over a hot stove, we know you'll agree.

11. Family dinner night: Chili bar with hot dogs recipe

Family dinner night: Chili bar with hot dogs

Kids love hot dogs for dinner, and with a healthy dollop of chili and fixin's, you will too.

Vegetarian recipes

12. No-bake hummus pizza recipe

No-bake hummus pizza recipe

A recipe in which you don't have to turn on the oven or the stovetop... and there's hummus involved? Count me in!

13. Broccoli penne recipe

Tonight's Dinner: Broccoli Penne

Tired of red sauce? Don't you worry — broccoli and Parmesan are here to save you from the dinner doldrums.

14. Spring vegetable soup recipe

Spring vegetable soup recipe

This hearty soup is full of nutritious veggies and gets a burst of flavor from pesto. Soups freeze wonderfully, so make a double batch — you'll be happy you did later.

15. Light and creamy Greek yogurt mac 'n' cheese with spinach recipe

Light and creamy Greek yogurt mac 'n' cheese with spinach

This one-pot mac and cheese is healthier than the classic, and best of all, there's no fussy béchamel sauce to worry about.

16. Chunky roasted tomato and garlic sauce recipe

Chunky roasted tomato and garlic sauce

This tomato sauce is way tastier than a jarred version and almost as easy to prepare. While you're making the pasta and salad, roast the tomatoes, and then mash them into a tasty sauce.

17. Roasted corn, black bean and avocado quesadillas recipe

Sunday Dinner: Roasted corn, black bean and avocado quesadillas

This easy, cheesy vegetarian meal gets a flavor boost from frozen roasted corn and fresh avocado.

18. Quinoa veggie "fried rice" recipe

Quinoa veggie 'fried rice'

This tasty stir-fry swaps out rice for quinoa and is loaded with healthy veggies. Cook the egg in your wok instead of a frying pan, and you've got a one-pot wonder on your hands.

19. Quick meal-in-a-mug recipes

Quick meals in a mug

Easy French toast mugs make a fun breakfast-for-dinner treat, and creamy mac and cheese is easier than ever in this recipe.

20. Toasted ramen noodle salad recipe

Toasted ramen noodle salad

This cool and crunchy ramen noodle salad couldn't be easier to make. It's a perfect light vegetarian main or a refreshing side dish to an easy entrée.

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