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21+ Easy Fun Dinner Ideas for a Family Night In

Turn your Saturday nights into enjoyable evenings with these fun dinner ideas that promise to add excitement to your weekend.

Fun Dinner Ideas

Whether you’re doing movie night, game night, or just spending time enjoying your family and friends, great food will make the experience even more enjoyable, and these recipes are about great food, family-style!

1. The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing says comfort more than homemade chicken noodle soup. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just want something warm and cozy, chicken noodle soup will deliver. This recipe is a classic and using bone-in chicken thighs makes it even tastier. So stay home, have fun and eat soup!

2. Tuna Melt Recipe

Sandwiches are the ultimate fun food. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich? This crunchy, cheesy, melty sandwich is perfect for a night in and especially made for tuna lovers. Celery, pickles, red onions, and pepper flakes make the tuna salad taste amazing, and a healthy amount of cheddar cheese is a must!

3. Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Do you ever wonder how to make chicken golden and crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the inside? Air Fryer is the answer to that question! The really hot air that circulates around the chicken makes it super crispy, and rubbing it with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper makes it super flavorful!

4. Tuna Macaroni Salad

This was one of my favorite meals growing up. I love cold pasta salads, and this one is creamy, tart, and bursting with tuna flavor. Perfect for feeding a crowd on a budget, this recipe makes a lot and costs very little.

5. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

This hot, flavorful classic savory pie recipe is perfect for those lazy, stay-in nights because you can make it, freeze it, and use it whenever you don’t have time to cook. You will learn how to make the perfect pie crust and thick yummy filling. No soggy pies here!

6. Fried Gnocchi

Most of us have tried gnocchi with pesto or tomato sauce, but have you ever tried fried gnocchi?
Pan-frying gnocchi makes them slightly crispy on the outside while still being soft and cloudy on the inside. You’re in for a treat!

7. Stuffed Shells

This fun, impressive-looking dinner entree is a family favorite! Everybody loves pasta, but this is not your regular pasta dish. Jumbo shells are fun and great for stuffing. The spinach and 3-cheese filling is perfectly complemented by the marinara sauce and baking them with shredded mozzarella on top makes them cheesy and perfect!

8. Lasagna Soup

This fun twist on the classic Italian recipe takes a fraction of the time to make but tastes just as great. Surprise your family with this fun recipe and watch them gobble it up in record time. It is made with the same great ingredients as classic lasagna, so you can’t go wrong!

9. Hamburger Patty Recipe

Want to stay in but the kids want burgers? Forget about takeout and make them the best homemade burgers ever. Hamburgers are just as good as the patties themselves, and this recipe makes the best-ever hamburger patties! But be careful or you’ll be making burgers forever!

10. Best Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tots are the most fun way to eat potatoes. Kids and adults alike love them. They are very crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. In this case, they are used as a topping for a cheesy ground beef and green bean casserole that even your kids will love! Great way to get their veggies in!

11. Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

Everybody loves tacos, and you will love making them in the slow cooker. Just place all the ingredients in it, turn it on, and leave it to do its thing. The shredded beef is made with a spice mix that is to die for, and the resulting sauce will be mopped up by the meat making it juicy and perfect for taco-making!

12. Meatball Tortellini Soup

Make soup a complete and fun meal adding meatballs and tortellini pasta! The rich tomato broth base is full of Italian flavors and you can make it easy by using frozen mini meatballs and refrigerated cheese tortellini. This recipe proves that soup can be fun!

Staying in means family time. Make that family dinner time fun and delicious with any of these amazing recipes. Food brings people together and that’s all we want, right? To have our family together and have fun!