38 5-Ingredient Dinners for When You Don't Have Time to Shop

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!"


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

5 Ingredient Spaghetti

“Made with five simple ingredients, this Barilla spaghetti recipe will have your family dining in no time.”

-Mary Jenny

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!"


Dijon Chicken Fettuccine

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

-Realtor by day, Chef by night

Chicken Pot Pie

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

-Caroline Cooks

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!"


Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken

“This Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken is super fast and only uses pantry staples. It’s healthy, gluten-free and kid-friendly.”

-Karen K.

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."


White Pizza or Pizza Blanca

"This is our Friday night favorite. A shake of red pepper flakes on ours. This is a 5 star recipe!"


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 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!"


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.

Easy 3 Ingredient Pork Loin Roast

"OMG!!!! It just doesn't get any easier or better than this! I will probably never make a pork tenderloin any other way! I was nervous about not adding any liquid...but the other reviewers were right! None needed! There was so much juice when it was done! I cannot get over how tender the meat turned out--it just fell apart and flaked so easily! Have no doubts...try this recipe! You will love it!!!!"


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 �

Super Simple Crock Pot Roast

"Delicious!! I always like to sear the meat before putting it in the crock pot, to sort of seal in the juices. I seasoned in with some garlic powder, creole seasoning & montreal steak seasoning before searing in on the stove for a few minutes each side to brown."

-Stacie Lora

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!"


Scallops with Creamy Pesto

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


Slow & Easy Beef Stew

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


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

Swedish Meatballs

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


Easy Cheesy Ground Beef Enchiladas

"Really yummy - and really easy!! I'm not a huge enchilada fan but I enjoyed these. My husband is a big fan and LOVED them! I added tri-color peppers, onion and taco seasoning when browning the ground beef. Otherwise, made as directed. Will definitely make them again."


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."


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 Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf

"Simple and tasty. A great use of stove-top stuffing mix and great flavor to boot. I used SweetBabyRay's BBQ sauce in place of ketchup."


Simple Chicken Bake

"For a simple meal to throw together the flavors are excellent! Fantastic dinner that took no time at all to get in the pan!"


Quick Tamale Casserole

"Yum! Super simple and good."


Super Easy Taco Soup

"This was very good for a vegetarian recipe. Once the beans were cooked, dumping the rest in was a breeze and went so quickly!"


Easy Beef Stroganoff

"Excellent! I would give this 10 stars if I could. This is so easy and my husband went back for THIRDS! I will be cooking it often."

-Alexis Mom

Super Simple Pot Roast

"This is a snap to put together and the house smelled like Heaven. The meat was wonderfully tender and tasty."

-Candy C

Simple Pasta With Parmesan

"AWESOME! Make the pasta fresh and reserve some pasta water to mix in! Easiest and best simple homemade side dish!"