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Dinner for One in 30 Minutes

Cooking for one can be fun, as long as it's quick and easy.  Every recipe on our site can be adjusted to single serving by clicking on the pie chart beneath the recipe photo, and selecting 1. as the serving size. The changes will be reflected in the ingredients list. That means you have literally thousands of recipes to choose from. To make things even easier, we've picked out 8 top-rated dinner recipes that are ready in about thirty minutes, and ideal for a party of one.

1. Broccoli Beef

Rave Review: "I am a tired, cranky, hungry college student with a microscopic kitchen and very little time to spend on cooking. This recipe was everything I was looking for — quick, easy, very yummy, and healthy." — ERINPOO

Broccoli Beef I

Photo by OkinawanPrincess

2. Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Rave Review: "This is easy, fresh, healthy and delicious. What more could you ask for? The only changes I made where to add some fresh ground black pepper and to cover the baking dish to lock in all the flavors." — Dianne

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Photo by Allison

3. Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Rave Review: "This recipe is restaurant quality, I did not alter anything. I was so surprised how delicious this turned out with very few ingredients and how quickly it came together." — LTLBITZ

Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Photo by Dianne

4. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Rave Review: Delicious and easy, how could you ask for anything more?! I had made this several times before and I always seem to forget to rate it (and make it often). It is the perfect pasta dish if you want something fast, easy and tasty. — korilynne

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Photo by abbaplez

5. Lucky's Quickie Chickie

Rave Review: "This raises the bar on a 'simple to make' chicken dinner. I followed the recipe exactly including fresh basil which was terrific in this dish, especially with the honey and balsamic. Five-stars for a simple and flavorful dish you can whip up in no time." — ellie

Lucky's Quickie Chickie

Photo by Naples34102

6. Mediterranean Pesto Pizza

Rave Review: "Since I discovered this recipe a few months ago I have made this for lunch 2-3 times a week. I use less cheese and occasionally swap out different tomatoes to keep things interesting, plus I use whole wheat pita. Great and simple dish that's perfect for a quick bite." — Doc Chef

Mediterranean Pesto Pizza photo by mommyluvs2cook resize

Mediterranean Pesto Pizza

7. Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Rave Review: "This was simple, delicious and a perfect weeknight meal!"— chefmimi

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

8. Cajun Chicken Pasta

Rave Review: "The recipe was great!!! I really enjoyed it, and it was even better the second day." — Drod1200

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Photo by Matthew Humphries

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.