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46 Easy To Make Meals With Items You Likely Already Have In Your Kitchen

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Looking for quick, easy, healthy dinners made up ingredients you don’t need to leave the house for?

I’ve teamed up with some great food and recipe blogger friends of mine to bring you this list of 46 meals that have five ingredients or less. 

You’ll find everything from main dishes, tasty sides, and even desserts. 

The list also contains vegan and vegetarian options so you’ll find something for everyone in your household. 


46 Easy to Make Meals With Ingredients Likely Already in Your Kitchen


Make an Entire Chicken in Your Instant Pot

from Dr. Davinahs Eats 

Make a delicious whole chicken with simple spices and olive oil.

This is the perfect use of whole fryers that you might have in your freezer.


Ninja Foodie Cooker Pot Roast

from Dr. Davinahs Eats 

Pair this tender roast with a range of veggies or side dishes throughout the week.

Maximizes flavor with just a few spices you have in your pantry.


Spicy Meatballs and Rice

from Major Hoff Takes a Wife 

Only a few ingredients needed: frozen meatballs, bbq sauce, and grape jelly. Use some spicy garlic sauce to heat things up if you have it on hand.

This dish can be made in the instant pot, the crockpot, or on the stovetop!


Homemade Beef Roni

from Platter Talk 

This homemade beefaroni is loved by both kids and their parents!



from Bacon is Magic

What is pistou? It’s France’s version of Italian pistou but it’s vegan and so delicious you’ll never know it’s missing cheese.


Grilled Vidalia Pickle Chicken

from Sweet Pea Lifestyle

Grilled Vidalia Pickle Chicken is the summer grilling recipe you want!

Sweet pickle brine and salty soy sauce create a marinade that will have you grilling all summer long!


Aglio E Olio

from Cook It Real Good

Spaghetti with garlic and oil, also known as Aglio E Olio, is a simple and delicious 15-minute meal made from just 5 ingredients.

A traditional Italian pasta dish with sliced garlic that is sautéed in olive oil, then tossed with spaghetti, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese.


Homemade Pizza Dough

from The Petite Cook

Make authentic Italian pizza at home with just 5 simple cupboard ingredients.


Sweet Potato Hash Browns

from A Balanced Belly 

 These super-easy sweet potato hash browns are gluten-free and can be made from a handful of ingredients. 


Pasta with Peas

from Veggie Desserts 

Pasta with peas is a tasty 1-pot 10 minute midweek dinner that’s bursting with fresh taste! It’s a delicious, hearty and family-friendly Italian dish (pasta e piselli) made with dried pasta, frozen peas and a handful of option pantry ingredients.


Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken

from The Rebel Chick 

This Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken with Beans Recipe is scrumptious, and everyone usually has chicken and canned beans in the house!


Pork with Creamy Mushroom Salsa Sauce

from Food Meanderings 

This Pork with Creamy Mushroom Salsa Sauce is an easy pork chop recipe using pantry ingredients like salsa, canned black olives, rosemary and cream of mushroom soup.

It’s the perfect quick and easy dinner in under 30 minutes!


Tuna Casserole

from Food Meanderings

This easy 4 ingredient Tuna Casserole is made with pantry items like canned tuna, macaroni, and mushroom soup.

Made without bread crumbs, it’s crowning glory is melted cheese; simple comfort food at its finest!


Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)

from Christina’s Cucina 

With only 3 ingredients: pasta, beans and pasta sauce, you can make a delicious, comforting meal that will stretch all of those ingredients, too!

Authentic pasta and beans is a simple peasant dish, so forget the 20 ingredient recipes and make the real thing!


Chickpea Salad

from Food Pleasure and Health 

Lunchbox Chickpea Salad is naturally gluten-free, vegan, and very flexible. It requires a bowl, 10 minutes, and you will have lunch for days!


Italian White Bean Soup

from The Clever Meal 

This is not an average bean soup, this is an awesome Italian white bean soup with big bold flavor. Everyone loves it!


Fettuccine Carbonara

from Bake Play Smile 

Once you’ve made this easy fettuccine carbonara with only 4 ingredients, you’ll never go back!

No cream… just eggs, bacon/pancetta, pasta, and parmesan cheese.


Apricot Ginger Glazed Chicken

from What a Girl Eats 

Apricot-ginger glazed chicken is a flavorful chicken dinner that uses just 3 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

If you need a quick, last-minute dinner recipe, this Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken is for you!


Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

from Unsophisticook

This delicious spicy shredded Instant Pot salsa chicken recipe is equally perfect for weeknight dinners and weekend meal prep!

It’s easy to prepare, super versatile, and freezes well. Just 4 ingredients and under 40 minutes prep to the table!


Tuna Noodle Casserole

from Unsophisticook

This easy tuna casserole with egg noodles was always one of my mom’s go-to recipes when I was growing up… and I can see why.

Tuna noodle casserole is quick to prep, tasty, and versatile!


Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

from Natalie’s Health

This Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich is delicious. It’s creamy but so light, loaded with amazing flavors and fresh veggies.

Perfect HEALTHY mayo-free meal packed with nutrients that is ready in less than 10 minutes!


Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

from Belly Rules the Mind

With this easy 5 ingredient Instant Pot macaroni and cheese, you can have creamy homemade mac and cheese on the table in minutes.

This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe gives you the creamy cheesy goodness of other macaroni and cheese recipes with a fraction of the work. Plus it tastes a million times better than anything you’d get in a box!


Cast Iron Keto Ranch Chicken Thighs

from Easy and Delish

Make a delicious meal that is quick and easy using only 5 ingredients that are frozen and pantry staples.


Italian Browned Butter Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

from Salt and Baker

This Italian browned butter Bucatini Cacio e Pepe pasta is one of the easiest pasta recipes you’ll ever make! Simple ingredients pulled together to make a tasty meal that’s on your table in less than 20 minutes. 


Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos

from Spice Cravings

If there was ever a contest for the Dinner, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down!

The only prep I do is open a packet of Taco Seasoning and a jar of my favorite Salsa!


Easy Crockpot Spaghetti

from Three Kids, Three Cats and a Husband

This spaghetti with ground beef is super easy to make — you just throw the uncooked noodles right into the crockpot!


Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

from Muy Bueno Cookbook

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is very simple to make with chile pods, chicken, canned tomatoes, and chicken broth.

Feel free to omit any fancy garnishes. I promise you this soup will be delicious without any toppings!


Frijoles Charros

from Muy Bueno Cookbook

These frijoles charros are flavored with smoky bacon, onions, garlic, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and jalapeño slices.


Cheesy Baked Ham & Egg Cups

from Simple Nourished Living 

These Cheesy Baked Ham & Egg Cups are a quick and easy, protein-packed low carb meal that can be made ahead in a muffin tin and quickly reheated when needed.

Though simple to make, they are elegant enough to serve to guests. Each egg comes in its own little cup made of baked ham.


Easy 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken 

from Simple Nourished Living 

Everyone will love this super easy slow cooker Italian chicken.

With just 2 ingredients, it’s perfect when you’re short of time or feeling incredibly lazy but still need to get dinner on the table.


Homemade Hamburger Helper

from Brown Thumb Mama

Make your own delicious, homemade Hamburger Helper recipe–it’s as quick as the box and tastes SO much better. This one’s a family favorite!


Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato

from Kara Lydon Nutrition

The ultimate vegan loaded sweet potato – packed with kale, black beans, and topped off with a homemade green goddess dressing. Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili

from Temecula Blogs

The easiest Instant Pot chili recipe ever and costs less than $10 total to make. Healthy pressure cooker dinner that even my kids go crazy over!


Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

from Easy Instant Pot Dinners

This Instant Pot red beans and rice is made all in the Instant Pot, with no additional dishes needed! Plus it comes together fast and is super filling.


Fakes Moutzentra – Cypriot Lentils with Rice

from Kopiaste

Fakes moutzentra is a vegan lentil recipe we make in Cyprus and is a high protein, balanced healthy food, especially with the combination of rice.


Ginger Egg Salad

from Natalie’s Health 

Creamy Ginger Egg Salad popping with spicy FRESH ginger flavor. This salad is loaded with HEALTHY stuff, extremely light and very nutritious. It’s perfect in a sandwich.


Tainan Noodles (4-Ingredients Asian Noodles)

from Posh Journal

This easy dry noodles recipe can be ready and on the dinner table in about 15 minutes. No chopping, no stir-frying, and very little preparation!


Iron-Rich Nettle Soup

from Simply Beyond Herbs

One of the best herb sources of iron is nettle. When cooked with potatoes and zucchini the healthy and nutritious nettle soup is born.


Chocolate Banana Dip

from A Cedar Spoon

5 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Dip is simple to make and a snack or dessert that kids and adults will love. Serve with fresh fruit like apples, strawberries, bananas or even graham crackers.


Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells 

from Happy Kitchen

These 5-ingredient spinach and ricotta stuffed shells are a quick and simple vegetarian pasta dinner that is perfect for a busy weeknight or a special occasion.

These easy stuffed shells provide a comforting, wholesome, flavorful treat and make the perfect 30-minute meal the whole family will enjoy.


Vegan Pesto Pasta with Beans and Sundried Tomatoes

from Happy Kitchen

Creamy, delicious, healthy, satisfying vegan pesto pasta is the perfect marriage of comfort food and culinary art that comes together quickly and simply.

This dairy-free pesto pasta dinner is flavorful and fast, making it the ideal family dinner or an easy one to use when you are meal prepping for the week.


Butternut Squash Soup

from Living Lou

Make this quick five-ingredient butternut squash soup for a simple and healthy dinner recipe. Made with butter, onions, butternut squash, water, and salt.


Homemade Honey Almond Granola

from Living Lou

Learn how to make the best homemade granola with this easy and frugal recipe for honey almond granola made with just five ingredients.


Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

from Vegan Runner Eats

This delicious chickpea salad sandwich makes a great plant-based substitution for tuna or chicken salads. Made with only 5 ingredients, and great for packing for lunch at work or school.


Easy Blueberry Cobbler 

from Aimee Mars

This delicious dessert is bursting with a steaming sweet blueberry filling and a pillowy soft crust that surrounds the entire dish.

You only need five main ingredients that are probably already in your pantry to make this Easy Blueberry Cobbler.


Vegan Hungarian Cabbage Noodles

from The Vegan Atlas

Vegan Hungarian Cabbage Noodles is streamlined with bagged coleslaw cabbage, which makes it a breeze, and has the added benefit of colorful carrots in the mix.

Which of these easy dinner ideas did you try? Let me know in the comments section!


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Renee West

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Saving for future reference. Thank you!!

Denise Browning

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

An array of delicious 5 ingredient meals. Thanks for including my ranch chicken among them. Stay safe!


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe-- I can't wait to try it!

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