Whether you’re cooking a family meal for four or a midweek dinner for one, traybake meals are a fuss-free way to get really good food on the table. Adaptable to the seasons, you can swap in whatever veggies or odds and ends you have in the fridge or pantry, and leave the oven to do the hard work so you don’t have to. Here are our favourite traybake dinner recipes to inspire you.
1. Cheesy gnocchi traybake
This cheesy baked gnocchi recipe with spinach and tomatoes is great for a midweek throw-it-all-in vibe. Minimal effort for maximum cheesy enjoyment.
2. Aubergine & chickpea curry
Making a curry doesn’t have to be a faff. This aubergine and chickpea curry is all done in one tray, which saves you time and the washing up!
3. Spicy lamb meatballs with orzo
A wholesome one-pot dinner, this delicately spiced lamb meatballs and creamy orzo recipe is all baked together. Make up the meatballs yourself with quality lamb mince, oregano, chilli and garlic, then chuck it all in your baking dish with orzo and chicken stock for a one-pot dish that’s as easy as it is tasty.
4. Baked cod with wild garlic salsa verde
If you’re excited as we are about wild garlic season, then this fish traybake recipe is for you. Succulent pieces of cod on lightly roasted lemony potatoes with a side of fresh, seasonal wild garlic salsa verde. Spring is coming…
5. Sausage, shallot & grape traybake
Ready in 20 minutes, this sausage traybake recipe is great for a mid-week supper. The grapes and shallots caramelise and sweeten as they’re roasted to balance the sharpness of the balsamic vinegar and savoury sausages.
6. Chicken thigh & root gratin
A comforting one-pot gratin, this chicken traybake recipe will bubble away in the oven while you get on with other things. The chicken skin becomes wonderfully crispy on top with juicy, tender meat beneath the creamy sauce. This recipe works well with swede, carrot, squash, celeriac or any other root veg you’ve got lying around. Not feeling that? What about this Roast chicken traybake with blood orange and olives.
7. Cheat’s fish pie
Cut corners and pack in the veg with this easy fish pie recipe from cook and mum, Georgina Hayden. This version swaps the traditional white sauce base for crème fraîche so it takes half the time, but you can add your own special twists if you like. Georgina says: “you can embellish the base however you like. Chopped boiled eggs make a great addition, as does chopped spinach or frozen peas. The world is your oyster”.
8. Veggie enchiladas
A no-frills traybake for all the family, these veggie enchiladas are the perfect comforting mid-week meal, baked until golden and packed full of flavour.
Seeking more traybake inspo? Here is Rukmini Iyer, author of best-selling cookbook The Roasting Tin, with her top tips.