Quick & Easy Recipes For a Crowd

Find quick and easy recipes for a crowd from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.25 stars 10
Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 4.75 stars 18
You'll never want to eat roasted cauliflower any other way once you try this tasty recipe. Bacon, sour cream and sharp Cheddar cheese coat good-for-you cauliflower in deliciousness for an easy side that will make everyone actually want to eat their vegetables.

Creamy White Chili with Cream Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
This rich, yet healthy, white chicken chili comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken thighs and canned white beans. Mashing some of the beans acts as a fast thickener when your soups don't have a long time to simmer. Cream cheese adds the final bit of richness and a hint of sweet tang.

Pea Soup

Rating: 4.82 stars 13
A simple pea soup makes an elegant start to a spring meal. It's also a great way to use frozen vegetables when the produce section is looking bleak.

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

Rating: 4.67 stars 8
Make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. Keep it on hand and just cook up the amount you need when you're ready for a hot breakfast. One serving of the warm cereal contains 6 grams of fiber--almost a quarter of your daily quota-which helps stave off hunger throughout the morning.

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 4.2 stars 11
Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you're serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

Peanut Butter-Oat Energy Balls

Rating: 4.67 stars 7
Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-bake energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well. For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates--the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.

Steamed Butternut Squash

Rating: 5 stars 1
Butternut squash steams quickly, making this a great cooking technique to enjoy this fall vegetable as a weeknight side dish. For extra flavor, toss the steamed butternut squash with salt, pepper and a little bit of olive oil, butter or Parmesan cheese after cooking.

White Bean-Sausage Soup

Rating: 5 stars 3
Make this heart-healthy main-dish white bean and sausage soup with fresh onions. If you're really pressed for time, look for frozen chopped onions, which can be added to soups and stews in seconds.

Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winter Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars 4
This festive salad features colorful greens, fruit and cheese tossed with a light and zesty dressing.

Dill Mustard Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
This tangy mustard-dill sauce recipe is delicious served with smoked salmon, used as a vegetable dip or spread on a sandwich.

Purple Fruit Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2
Serve this refreshing fruit salad featuring juicy plums, grapes and berries on its own or with other colorblock fruit salads (like red, green and orange) for a fun, crowd-pleasing rainbow side dish.
Advertisement

Inspiration and Ideas

Crock Pot Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken
This easy chicken crock pot recipe is a great healthy slow-cooker recipe to serve for dinner over noodles or rice.
Make Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks
This sticky honey-orange slow-cooker chicken recipe is a great alternative to traditional barbecue and can be made in your crock pot.

Avocado Hummus

Rating: 5 stars
8

This vibrant green hummus recipe couldn't be easier--just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) and avocado make this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.