25 Five-Ingredient Dinners

Soccer practice, ballet recital, late meeting at work - make your hectic day a little less stressful with these quick and easy five-ingredient recipes.

Emergency Meatball Sub Dinner

"I used homemade meatballs that I had in the freezer and jarred pasta sauce. So easy!"

-Dine & Dish

Tater Tots Casserole

"This is a quick and simple recipe to prepare using ingredients that I always have on hand. I added a can of green beans to make this a one-dish dinner!"


Chicken Pesto

"Even my very picky 10-year-old loved this. I never thought I'd say it, but this has replaced fried chicken as my all-time favorite way to prepare chicken."


Tofu Stir-Fry

"I pressed my tofu for 20 minutes before tossing it into the marinade to maximize the amount of sauce absorbed. The tofu caramelized nicely, and was crispy on the outside with a softer center."


Hamburger Skillet Supper

So good and even easier than it looks. I doubled the recipe, hoping for leftovers. Not a chance, it was gone before I knew it!"


Fast Fiesta Mexican Ravioli

"Quick, easy and inexpensive! Just add a salad, some Mexican-style corn and you have a fab meal in less than an hour!"

-Chef #780090

Pesto & Feta Pita Pizza

"So easy to make and versatile. I made one with marinated artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers. Kalamata olives and red onion would be good too!"

-Phat and Sassy

Delicious Pork & Noodles

"Very simple for a busy week night. I can put this together in a few minutes before I go to work and dinner is basically ready when we get home."


Chicken & Broccoli Penne Casserole

"I used bow tie pasta and fresh veggies. It was a huge hit and reheated so well the next night! Such a great, quick supper recipe."

-Pixie's Kitchen

Vegetable Lasagna

"Wonderful and so easy! Also a great and delicious way to clean up the veggie drawer."


Zesty One-Pan Chicken & Potato Bake

"I liked that this did not require any measuring and could just be tossed together. We mixed all the ingredients and grilled them in folded-up foil packets for 20-25 minutes. Even my picky 2-year-old ate it!"


Slow & Easy Beef Stew

"The mushroom soup made a nice flavored gravy, and this was so good served over brown rice."


Chicken Breasts with Stuffing

"I make this recipe in the slow cooker. I leave it on high for four hours before heading out for the kids' sports activities, so when we get home we have a nice hot meal ready to go. So easy!"


Scallops with Creamy Pesto

"This is a great main dish served over angel hair pasta or a wonderful appetizer."


Dijon Chicken Fettuccine

"My little girl thought this was just great. It was very rich, creamy and satisfying!"

-Realtor by day, Chef by night

Meatless Italian Macaroni Bake

"Wow, these five ingredients really come together well to make a great kid- and adult-pleasing casserole! It's great with the Italian seasoning, but I think you could try it with Mexican seasoning, too."


Country-Style Smoked Sausage, Taters, Peppers & Onions

"I added beef bouillon, black pepper and Cajun seasoning to ramp up the flavor. It was extremely quick and easy to put together, and leftovers tasted even better the next day!"


Easy Loaded Baked Potatoes (4 Ways)

"These were really good and really easy to make! All four variations would be wonderful, and I am looking forward to trying the other three."

-Marsha D.

30-Minute Cheesy Baked Ravioli

"This was perfect! I would never have thought of doing this, and didn't really believe it would work, but I am delighted with the results!"

-Chef #1198738

Easy Meatballs & Gravy

"I used frozen meatballs instead of the ground beef. It took no time at all to put together, and dinner was on the table in less than 30 minutes."

-Chef shapeweaver �

Spinach & Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers

"A tasty twist to ground turkey burgers! The spinach really keeps the burgers moist."


Mexican Penne

"How can so few ingredients yield such a delicious meal? This is almost magical. Not only is this a great tasting dish, but very eye-pleasing as well!"


Swedish Meatballs

"A really quick and delicious meal. I used turkey meatballs and served them over poppy seed noodles."


Chicken Pot Pie

"I added a dash of garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Dinner can't get any easier than this! "

-Caroline Cooks

Easy Enchiladas

"You can add whatever your heart desires to make it your own. I added chopped onion. Next time it will be jalapenos and hot enchilada sauce to spice it up even more!"