Quick and Easy Spanish Main Courses

Perfect Dishes for the Work Week

Between traffic jams, shuttling the kids to and from sports and driving to piano lessons, weeknight schedules don't allow much time for cooking. Yet most of us prefer home-cooked meals to fast food dining. So, we put together our list of quick and easy main courses that use ingredients that nearly everyone has in the pantry or all supermarkets carry. Add a green salad and a baguette to any of these main dishes and complete your meal.
  • 01 of 10
    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice
    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    Cuban Rice is a popular dish for families in Spain and as with any dish that is popular, every household has their own version. Some cooks prepare the rice with garlic or a bit of tomatoes and onion as in the photo, while others prepare simply white rice. Others may open a can of tomato sauce and sauté it with a bit of olive oil, while other use a "sofrito" with onions and peppers. So, this is the Sierra household's version of "Arroz Cubano" that you can prepare in less than...MORE 30 minutes.
  • 02 of 10
    Salmon en Salsa Verde - Salmon in Green Sauce
    Salmon en Salsa Verde - Salmon in Green Sauce (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    Green sauce, or "salsa verde" is a typical Spanish sauce and is usually served with fish. In this case, the sauce also includes green peppers, which gives it a beautiful green color. The sauce is prepared first. The salmon is sautéed in olive oil flavored with garlic and served atop the sauce. It is a healthy and quick dish, perfect for a light dinner.
  • 03 of 10
    Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil - Meatballs in Parsley Sauce
    Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil - Meatballs in Parsley Sauce (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This main course originates in the Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean. The bacon in these meatballs make them extra flavorful. Combine them with a rich-tasting sauce of broth, parsley and walnuts and you have a delicious main course.
  • 04 of 10

    Langostinos Valencianos - Valencian Prawns

    Langostinos Valencianos - Valencian Prawns
    Langostinos Valencianos - Valencian Prawns (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This recipe originates in the region of Valencia, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. It is simple, colorful and flavorful. Prawns and mussels are simply sauteed with onion and garlic, then cooked in a white wine-tomato sauce. It is a good summer main course and can be served with rice.
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  • 05 of 10

    Revuelto de Esparragos Trigueros - Scrambled Eggs with Wild Asparagus

    Revuelto de Esparragos Trigueros - Scrambled Eggs with Wild Asparagus
    Revuelto de Esparragos Trigueros - Scrambled Eggs with Wild Asparagus (c) 2007 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    "Revueltos" are scrambled eggs, usually mixed with another ingredient and are a popular dish in Spain. This dish mixes asparagus, garlic and paprika with scrambled eggs. You might not think of scrambled eggs as a dinner dish, but it is similar to an omelete and very filling. And, don’t worry – “wild” asparagus is not required.
  • 06 of 10

    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes
    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes (c) 2007 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    Fresh and light, this dish makes a great main course for lunch or light summer dinner. It could also replace a salad at dinner. Fresh tomatoes, stuffed with tuna and cucumbers, then dressed with oil and vinegar. They are juicy and full of flavor. Serve with toast on the side.
  • 07 of 10
    Pork chops a la Madrilene Recipe - Chuletas de cerdo a la Madrilena (c)
    Pork chops a la Madrilene Recipe - Chuletas de cerdo a la Madrilena. Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Pork is a Spanish favorite and this main course has the flavor of Spain. Pork chops are sauteed with roasted red peppers, garlic and brandy, which form rich, flavorful pan juices that are drizzled over the chops. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes.
  • 08 of 10

    Spaghetti & Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas

    Spaghetti with Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas y Pimenton
    Spaghetti with Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas y Pimenton (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    Although pasta did not originate in Spain, spaghetti and various kinds of pasta are enjoyed all over Spain. This dish combines typical Spanish ingredients – tomatoes, onions, lots of garlic and smoked Spanish paprika. It is tasty and quick to prepare!
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  • 09 of 10
    Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo
    Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    Macaroni, rigatoni, penne and spaghetti are often eaten in Spanish homes with a typically Spanish twist to the sauce – Spanish chorizo sausage and Spanish smoked paprika. As in Italy, in Spain pasta is considered a first course rather than a main course, however this recipe will serve 4 adults as a main course.
  • 10 of 10
    Beef with Pasta and Tomato Sauce
    Beef with Pasta and Tomato Sauce. (c) Lisa Sierra 2014 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Start with very thinly sliced round, top sirloin steaks (boneless), or "breakfast" steaks and bread them with a bit of flour and garlic. Fry quickly fry in hot olive oil and make a green salad. In just minutes you'll have a tasty dinner.