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Quick Dishes to Prepare When You Have Less Than an Hour to Cook

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Beef stew

This is a great option when it’s cold outside and you have a big appetite. You can combine beef, onion, carrots, potatoes, red wine, and broth to make a hearty stew. It might take a little longer than some of the other recipes on our list because the beef should be cooked until it’s tender.

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Butternut squash and sage risotto

This might sound fancy but it’s easy enough to prepare. You simply cut the squash into small cubes, brush with oil, and roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the risotto with onions; add white wine, cheese, and butter. Then serve the squash on the risotto with gently fried sage leaves.

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Pan pizza

Pan pizza is simply pizza baked in a deep-dish pan and that typically has a thick bready crust. There are any number of recipes you can follow, and if you use a ready-made pizza dough, it can be made in under an hour. Some chefs argue in favor of a cast-iron pan.

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Shakshuka is popular in the Middle East and North Africa and has become well established in the U.S., particularly as a breakfast dish. The classic version comprises a sauce of tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and spices with poached eggs on top.

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A frittata is an egg-based dish like a quiche, but without the crust. It is started on the stovetop, and then finished in the oven. Just about anything can be added — cheese, herbs, bacon, sausage, spinach, you name it — and it is delicious hot or cold.

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