13 Family-Friendly Roasting Recipes That Are Delicious & Hassle-Free
For when hunger hits and you're looking for something high on quality but low on maintenance (aka every night of the week).
In search of perfectly crisp roasted potatoes; tender-cooked Brussels sprouts, beets, and carrots; or wondering how to make an effortless sheet pan chicken that melts in your mouth? Make yourself at home, fam. You've come to the right place.
Why? Because roasting is a surefire method for making perfectly-cooked (entire) meals in the oven with almost no prep work. When you use the right technique—high heat for plenty of time, an even dice, and don't skimp on the olive oil—and quality ingredients, roasting recipes practically cook themselves. So go forth: preheat your range, pour yourself a glass of Pinot, and let these crowd-pleasing, family-friendly dishes do the talking. It's time to outsource to the oven.
We couldn't give you a roundup of roasting recipes without a little Brussels-sprouts-and-fatty-ham number. This delicious side dish packs an umami-rich punch, thanks to a generous portion of pancetta (bacon's BFF), which also helps the Brussels caramelize in the oven. The rich saltiness is perfectly balanced by a hit of tart-and-tangy lemon zest.
Get the recipe: Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta and Lemon
This method for slow-roasting chicken takes the guesswork out of what can be an intimidating task: roasting a 3 ½-pound piece of meat. Cooking the chicken for 2 ½ to 3 hours at a relatively lower temperature (300°F) yields a meltingly tender, rotisserie-like finish. You may never fast-roast again.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken
In this Asian-inspired recipe, the eggplants roast at high heat, making the outside skin crispy and the inside succulent. The rich miso dressing gives it a salty umami flavor that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve alongside a piece of fish or meat for an easy and impressive meal.
Get the recipe: Roasted Eggplant With Miso and Sesame Seeds
Pork chops and peaches? Trust us, you'll be making this again and again. Peaches cooked with onion and white wine vinegar is an unexpectedly delicious addition to roasted pork chops.
Get the recipe: Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches
These roasted tomatoes are the perfect salty-savory base for marinara sauce for making pastas or homemade pizza. You can also top them with pesto and serve atop crusty bread.
Get the recipe: Slow-Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Garlic and Oregano
Try serving this simple-to-make (only 15 minutes of hands-on time) lamb dish with rice pilaf to round out a crowd-pleasing classic.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb With Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce
These sweet potatoes wedges are topped with two varieties of gooey cheese, which makes for a mouthwatering blend of sweet and savory. Best part? They cook in under 30 minutes and require just four ingredients.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Thanksgiving classic, sure. But no matter the time of year, turkey is a delicious dinner idea. This beautifully browned, roasted turkey recipe requires no carving or basting, so it's even suitable to make on a weeknight. Talk about something to celebrate. Pro tip for the juiciest turkey ever: Use a dry brine to add flavor, and roast the bird in pieces for faster, more even cooking.
Get the recipe: No-Baste Roast Turkey
Wondering why we're so enamored with roasting recipes? This hearty main dish only takes four (!) ingredients. We combined an inexpensive piece of beef, tomatoes, garlic, and thyme, stuck it in the oven and poured ourselves a glass of wine. It's recipes like this one—with a decent amount of inactive time—that we love to employ during the busy holiday season.
Get the recipe: Roast Beef With Slow-Cooked Tomatoes and Garlic
If you add lime, olive oil, and cilantro to roasted sweet potato wedges, it basically qualifies as a health food... right? These oven-baked fries will outshine any basic French fry recipe, we promise.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Lime and Cilantro.
Talk about a back-pocket lifesaver: This delicious pork dish requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time to prep, which makes it a great meal for both a regular weeknight or having people over.
Get the recipe: Roast Pork With Carrots and Tarragon-Mustard Sauce
Who doesn’t love pasta salad? Salty olives and feta cheese combined with fresh tomatoes, chewy pasta, and tender cubes of roasted eggplant make this the perfect satisfying and healthy lunch or dinner. The longer it sits, the more the flavors meld together, so make extra and eat well all week long.
Get the recipe: Roasted Eggplant and Olive Pasta Salad
In this flavorful fish dish, all the ingredients can cook together, which makes for very little prep—and very few dishes to wash. You'll start with four pieces of skinless cod (halibut or striped bass fillet work well, too), which get topped with a sprinkle of lemon zest and then gets roasted alongside scallions and sliced red potatoes.
Get the recipe: Roasted Cod and Scallions With Spiced Potatoes