What makes a recipe classic? Is it a certain, shared quality of a dish or style of preparation that gives it the wherewithal to bear a “classic” title? Is it the ability to stand the test of time as it’s passed down from generation to generation? Or is it a dish shared, known, and loved across country lines; a recipe that spans the globe?

Whatever the answer—if there is just one—there are certainly recipes that come to mind when you seek something classic. The group of recipes will probably be different depending on where you live, where you grew up, and what you like to cook and eat, but there seems to be a mutual understanding of the comfort a classic dish provides—whether it’s something you’ve enjoyed for years or are tasting for the very first time.

With all that in mind, we searched our archives and gathered an assemblage of classic recipes from around the world that can be prepped, cooked, and on the table in just about 30 minutes. Whether these recipes are already family favorites or will be new additions to shake up the weeknight routine—enjoy!

Creamy chicken enchiladas

Creamy chicken enchiladas

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Spaghetti vongole

Spaghetti vongole

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Spaghetti with lentil Bolognese

Spaghetti with lentil Bolognese

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Zurich-style veal and mushroom ragout

Zurich-style veal and mushroom ragout

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No-bake spinach and ricotta lasagna

No-bake spinach and ricotta lasagna

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Classic schnitzel

Classic schnitzel

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Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs

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Oyakodon (Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl)

Oyakodon (Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl)

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Easy tandoori-style chicken

Easy tandoori-style chicken

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Pad see ew (Thai stir-fried noodles)

Pad see ew (Thai stir-fried noodles)

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Mushroom stroganoff

Mushroom stroganoff

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Chinese cold noodles

Chinese cold noodles

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Peanut butter French toast

Peanut butter French toast

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Salade Lyonnaise

Salade Lyonnaise

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