To many, Sunday is family day. It’s the one day of the week where all members are present, and can sit down and have dinner together. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend!
So it’s just natural to want Sunday dinners to be extra special. And there’s nothing like the best comfort foods to make that intimate gathering even more meaningful.
So this weekend, why not spend quality time with your loved ones over any of these 21 dinner ideas?
Trust me, these classic favorites are sure to make your tummies full and your hearts happy.
Can there be a more classic comfort food than perfectly fried chicken? From the crispy skin and tender meat to the well-seasoned flavor, this good-old classic hits all the right notes.
Pair it with a rich and buttery gravy and creamy mashed potatoes for a satisfying and heart-warming Sunday meal.
2. Pot Roast
Another traditional Sunday meal is succulent pot roast swimming in thick gravy.
Pot roast may not be the easiest dish to make, but you can definitely make things easier by using the slow cooker. And for an even more tender and flavor-packed meal, let your roast cook in a red wine sauce. Yum!
Pair your pot roast with some roasted carrots, potatoes, and a garden salad. Then round out your meal with a decadent chocolate lava cake.
3. Pork Chops
Whip up some pork chops in a crock pot for the creamiest, most irresistible dinner!
All you need are pork chops, ranch dressing, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup and a crock pot, and you’re all set.
Pair this creamy and savory dish with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies for a well-rounded meal. And for dessert, cleanse your palate with a light and airy cheesecake.
Chicken and dumplings is another all-time favorite. I love gobbling up this rich and creamy soup on a chilly Sunday evening.
Complete with juicy chicken, fluffy dumplings, and crunchy veggies, this dish is a meal on its own.
But you can also serve it with cornbread and fried okra for the ultimate Southern dinner!
I mean, who doesn’t love the classic spaghetti and meatballs? It’s that beloved dish that never fails to transport us to childhood!
This Italian-American dish always hits the right spot with its sweet and tangy sauce, al dente pasta, and savory meatballs. Bursting with lovely flavors and textures, this one’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Serve your spaghetti and meatballs with toasted garlic bread and you’re all set! Finish it off with a light chocolate mousse.
Succulent honey-glazed ham is the quintessential Christmas dish. But, sometimes, I like serving it too on a random Sunday night!
Because who says you have to wait for the holidays to enjoy ham’s sweet and savory flavor? It’s so easy to make, too! All you need to do is rub the meat with brown sugar, dump it in the slow cooker, and pour some pineapple juice and maple syrup.
For the sides, you can’t go wrong with funeral potatoes and roasted asparagus. Yum!
Lemon roasted chicken is another excellent Sunday dinner idea. What’s not to love?
The chicken is super tender, moist and perfectly flavored with lemon and pepper. It’s tangy, savory, and delightful!
And it goes well with a variety of sides, too! Whether it’s rice, potatoes, pasta, salad, or sandwiches, you can’t go wrong.
Now this one is a personal family favorite. Those layers of al dente pasta, ground meat, bechamel sauce, and cheese are just absolutely stunning.
You can’t get those wonderful flavors and textures in any other dish. It truly is special.
While lasagna is already a complete dish on its own, you can also serve it with sides for an even more filling meal.
Garlic bread does a fine job of soaking up the creamy bechamel and meat sauces. And, to make you feel less guilty about all the carbs and cheeses, add a healthy wedge salad to the table!
Soft, flaky, fabulous biscuits are always welcome at my table. Together with gravy, sweet and savory ham, fluffy scrambled eggs, and salad, it makes a wonderful meal that’s tasty any time of the day.
10. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is truly comfort food at its finest. Juicy chicken and hearty veggies swimming in a thick and creamy sauce? Yes, please!
If you want an even more delightful dinner, though, I suggest you turn your chicken pot pie into a casserole! Imagine all of that creamy and meaty goodness under a puffy crust.
The flavors and textures are so spot on, it’ll be hard to limit yourself to just one serving.
11. Beef Stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish that’s well-loved all over the world. Complete with tender beef and earthy mushrooms coated in thick and creamy sauce, it’s absolutely fantastic.
And whether you top that creamy dish on rice or pasta, it will be just as irresistible.
This drool-worthy dish may be a little too heavy, though, so pair it with some roasted veggies to lighten things up. And then, for dessert, have a slice of warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
12. Easy Beef Stew
Another beef dish that’s truly impeccable is beef stew. There really is nothing like a tender homemade stew brimming with potatoes, carrots, and peas for Sunday dinner!
Because it’s got all those lovely ingredients, beef stew is considered a stand-alone dish. But it couldn’t hurt to serve it with crusty bread, either. The bread will do a lovely job at sopping up that decadent sauce.
When it comes to comfort food, chili is always at the top of the list. It’s thick, meaty, savory — all the things needed to make the body, heart, and soul happy.
My family loves eating a hot bowl of chili on a cold night. Chowing down chili is like getting a warm embrace! It’s truly a fool-proof way to turn even the worst mood around.
I can’t eat chili without bread. As such, I always make it a point to have cornbread or biscuits around when I’m making chili.
14. Chicken Alfredo
I am in love with chicken alfredo. From the ridiculously rich sauce to the firm pasta to the savory chicken strips, I am just completely enamored by its goodness.
It’s rich, savory, filling, and everybody in my house loves it. And it’s a quick and easy dinner to boot!
I have no problem eating this dish by itself, but it’s much better to serve it with sides for a more well-rounded meal.
Bread such as focaccia and French bread is of course an iconic side to pasta. But you can also serve broccoli and cauliflower to add a refreshing and crisp contrast to the dish.
For a fancy feast, add some wine to your meal. Chardonnay and white wine both pair really well with the creamy pasta.
Picture slices of juicy chicken topped with melted cheddar cheese, with a bed of creamy rice and veggies underneath. Now what could be better than that?!
Chicken and rice casserole is a decadent dish brimming with hearty and flavorful ingredients. The cheesy chicken is not only accompanied with rice, but with carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and leeks as well. It’s truly a remarkable dish.
While chicken and rice is a complete dish in itself, you can also pair it with a green salad to balance out the richness.
Or, for a sweeter and tangier companion, how about a fresh fruit salad made with grapefruit, pineapples, and clementines?
16. Baked Spaghetti
There is definitely nothing wrong with the classic spaghetti. So you might wonder, why do some people go the extra mile of baking it? Well, there’s one simple answer: cheese.
Just imagine the goodness of the classic spaghetti, but with an added layer of ooey-gooey mozzarella on top! The additional cheese just makes everything so much better.
Give your hearty baked spaghetti a light contrast by pairing it with roasted broccoli. And of course, you also can’t go wrong with the classic toasted bread with garlic and butter.
17. Shepherd’s Pie
The traditional shepherd’s pie is complicated to make, so while I love it to death, I don’t make it often.
But, when I learned that you can make shepherd’s pie in an instant pot, I have since served it all the time! The instant pot makes cooking so much easier without sacrificing the flavor.
Serve this tasty dish with dinner rolls and buttered vegetables for an unforgettable dinner.
The American goulash is another classic that’s bursting with wonderful flavors and textures. The combination of al dente macaroni noodles, flavorful beef, tangy tomato sauce, and gooey cheese is just to die for.
It’s one of the richest, creamiest dishes there ever was! The flavor might be too overpowering, so I suggest you pair it with bread, which is perfect for sopping up the gravy.
A side of salad and roasted veggies will also do a fine job at cutting through the richness of the goulash.
Meatloaf: it’s the epitome of comfort! There’s nothing like sinking your teeth in that tender and savory meat bursting with so much flavor. One bite is sure to delight your taste buds and uplift your spirits.
Turn your meatloaf into a fantastic feast by pairing it with equally beloved comfort foods: mashed potatoes and mac and cheese! End the meal with a sweet, tangy, and fluffy lemon cake for dessert.
Sloppy Joes are not just tasty, but are affordable and easy to make as well.
Who can say no to this meaty, messy, and nostalgic sandwich? One bite is more than enough to bring back fond memories from childhood.
And that’s why I love making it for Sunday dinner. With this meal, I get to share my best memories with my loved ones.
Sloppy Joes are rich and savory, so pair it with pasta salad and corn on the cob to balance things out.
21. Baked Ziti
Let’s end this list with another Italian-American comfort food that’s sure to satisfy your palate. Complete with al dente noodles, savory sausage, herby tomato sauce, and gooey cheese, this dish is a certified crowd-pleaser.
And it’s a quick and easy dish to make, to boot! Serve with garlic bread, green salad, or roasted broccoli and you’ve got yourself a heavenly dinner.
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