Ever have one of those days when you look in your refrigerator and pantry and wish dinner would magically appear from the random things left in there? I have good news. There are a lot of recipes out there that are simply delicious…but only take a few ingredients to make! This is great for those overdue grocery shopping days, for keeping the food budget intact, or for busy people of all kinds who just don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen on weeknights.
I once made a post of a dozen or so dinner dishes that have just three ingredients in the recipe. This post is dedicated to main dish recipes that have just 4 or 5 ingredients. I believe that everyday, weeknight cooking shouldn’t be too complicated so I have a lot of these recipes on the blog. In fact, there’s about 60 of them in this roundup!
For this list, I didn’t count salt or pepper as an ingredient. If it is served beside rice as a side, or on a sandwich bun, I didn’t include those either. But everything that you actually have to mix and stir and cook in these recipes really do take just a couple of ingredients. As a result, most of these don’t take very long to prepare, and some of them only take a few minutes to cook as well!
Choose one for supper tonight. I’m guessing you have all of the ingredients to make at least a few of these in your pantry right now.
Sixty + Recipes that take 5 ingredients or less
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Chicken Curry in the Crockpot – We love this recipe!
Easy Meatball Subs – You can do this real quick on the stove or slow in the crockpot.
BBQ Chicken Fajitas – A great way to use leftover BBQ chicken.
Barbecue Pepper Jack Chicken – Add bacon for extra yum-factor!
Easy Dijon Tilapia – Assemble in the morning, bake it at night.
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches – a favorite of ours!
French Dip Sandwiches – One of the easiest meals, ever.
Sausage and Corn Quesadilla – a yummy 15-minute meal!
Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells – Freezer-friendly, too!
If you want to take a look at some recipes with even less ingredients, here’s my post for dinner recipes with 3 ingredients or less. Some of these are so easy it’s ridiculous, but they’re also some of our favorites!