Some nights you just need a quick and easy meal that doesn't require prep work! All of these dump and bake dinners come together in minutes, take advantage of smart kitchen shortcuts, and taste delicious. From lightened-up chicken Parmesan, to chicken Alfredo casserole, sheet pan smoked sausage with crispy potatoes, and country pork chops with rice, there's a hearty, satisfying, and simple dish for every craving!
Easy Dump Dinners
What can I throw in the oven for dinner? That's the question that so many of us ask multiple nights per week, because no matter what else is on the agenda, our family needs to eat! Some days we have time for made-from-scratch casseroles or more time-consuming, complicated meals (like the ultimate pot roast), but often the schedule is tight, we're tired, and we feel uninspired in the kitchen. That's where these easy dump dinners come into play!
There's almost zero prep necessary, and then the oven does the work. Sound too good to be true? It's not. I have an entire category on this website devoted to dump-and-bake recipes. This convenient compilation is designed to highlight some of our favorite dump dinners, organized in a way that's easy for you to find them quickly. Bookmark this page so that you can come back to it later, because these are the lifesavers that you'll turn to again and again. Let's dive in!
What does Dump Dinner mean?
A dump dinner is any meal that comes together with almost no preparation. In other words, you "dump" the ingredients into the pan, pot, casserole dish, or slow cooker, and your job is done! Sometimes called "dump and go dinners," "dump and run" options, or "dump-and-bake" recipes, these are easy dinner ideas to throw in the oven!
For instance, instead of pre-boiling the rice, it's added to the pan while the rice is still raw. Instead of chopping a bunch of vegetables, you might just reach for a bag of pre-diced frozen mixed vegetables. Instead of making a roux from scratch, you might start a casserole sauce with a can of cream of chicken soup. You get the idea! These are quick-prep, simple dinner solutions for the busiest (or laziest!) home cooks. No, they're not the finest gourmet meals, but sometimes good is good enough!
Our Favorite Dump-and-Bake Dinners
I've pulled together some of our favorite (or most popular) dump-and-bake dinners, broken down into the following categories:
- Dump and Bake Chicken Dinners
- Dump and Bake Beef Recipes
- Pork Recipes to Dump and Go
- Vegetarian Dump and Bake Recipes
- Healthy Dump and Bake Dinners
- Dump and Bake Pasta
- Dump and Bake Rice
Dump and Bake Chicken Dinners
From Chinese takeout-inspired meals to saucy baked chicken breast and cozy casseroles, these family-friendly chicken dump dinners are sure to please!
Dump and Bake Beef Recipes
Whether you're looking for an easy casserole or dump and bake ground beef recipes, I bet you'll find your new favorite weeknight dinner on this list!
Pork Recipes to Dump and Go
Pork chops or sausage, what's your favorite? Mix up the regular weeknight meal rotation with one of these easy dump dinners!
Vegetarian Dump and Bake Recipes
Looking for a "Meatless Monday" option? Or just a budget-friendly way to get a meal on the table quickly? Try one of these simple and flavorful vegetarian dump and bake dinners!
Healthy Dump and Bake Dinners
Keep it light and fresh with these healthy dump and bake dinners! We've got a 4-ingredient casserole, a salmon sheet pan supper, and Italian-inspired chicken dishes to choose from.
Dump and Bake Pasta Recipes
Love pasta? These easy dump dinners allow you to add uncooked pasta straight to the baking dish, and let the oven do the work. No pre-boiling necessary!
Dump and Bake Rice Recipes
That's right -- you can even dump-and-bake rice! Try these shrimp, jambalaya, or chicken and rice dinners that don't require you to pre-cook the rice before throwing the whole pan into the oven. So simple!
Tell Us About Your Favorites!
Do you have a favorite easy dump meal? Share the love and tell us all about it in the comments! We're always looking for new ideas...