75 Go-To Recipes for College Students
Going to college means you’re on your own for meals. Rather than depending on dining halls and fast food, try these easy-to-make recipes. Not only are they budget-friendly, but these recipes include tips and techniques that are the foundations of any good cook worth their grilled cheese or chocolate cake, like roasting a chicken and making soup. College is a time for learning—both in the classroom and kitchen.
Shrimp and Ramen Stir-Fry
The college student's standby gets a serious upgrade in this tasty stir-fry supper. Using quick-cooking, packaged ramen noodles (minus the seasoning packet) as a base, simply bulk them up with frozen shrimp, veggies, and a quick and flavorful homemade sauce to create a weeknight-friendly dinner. Added bonus: The leftovers make for an excellent next-day packed lunch.
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese
Sometimes there’s nothing better (or easier) than a grilled cheese. All you need is bread, cheese, and mayonnaise. Enjoy with a cup of tomato soup for a comforting meal.
Chicken Alfredo Soup
Inspired by the favorite pasta dish, this creamy Chicken Alfredo Soup comes together in no time with the help of a few store-bought shortcuts. Rotisserie chicken, frozen peas, and a jar of Alfredo sauce, which serves as the backbone of this highly comforting pot of soup, keep your hands-on prep to a minimum. This convenience factor, coupled with the fact that it’s is a guaranteed kid-pleasing recipe, makes this soup a perfect go-to for hectic weeknights. While it is undeniably luscious and satisfying, the soup is surprisingly not overly heavy or right. We used Gia Russa brand sauce, but feel free to use your own favorite. Served with a crusty bread, a green salad, and a glass of white wine, this quick and easy soup makes for an outstanding dinner on chilly nights.
Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl
This is a Tex-Mex riff on the Korean rice dish bibimbap, in which various toppings are arranged over a bed of rice. Here, burrito bowl must-haves such as smoky black beans, fresh pico de gallo, and slaw top brown rice.
When we say easy, we mean easy. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive lasagna that always gets rave reviews. Lasagna is a family favorite, but this version is extra-special because it only requires 5 quick ingredients: ground beef, pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella (we don’t count the water!). It’s rated 5 stars for a reason. Pro tip: Make a double batch: Enjoy one now and freeze one for a quick meal on a busy weeknight.
Easy Chicken Parmesan
This chicken parmesan is an Italian classic that's easy to make and easy on your budget.
Fruit Crumble For One
Comforting and easy to make for one (or one dozen).
Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
How to Make Baked Oatmeal
This breakfast treat is a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional cream breakfast oatmeal.
California Roll Salad with Sriracha-Lime Dressing
This light, fresh salad is a fun and easy way to enjoy a delicious sushi experience without having to actually roll sushi.
Single Serving Shrimp Fried Rice
Cooking for one doesn’t have to be boring or a hassle. This easy and delicious dinner comes together in one pan and in less time than it takes to go through a drive-thru.
Greek-Style Chicken Salad
This Greek-style main dish salad features parsley salad topped with homemade chicken salad and pita chips. Make extra chicken salad to snack on throughout the week.
Spaghetti and Easy Meatballs
Turkey and Swiss Wrap with Carrot Salad
Prepare this wrap with a carrot salad for lunch or a light dinner.
How to Make 4-Ingredient Breakfast Soufflé
The secret to making this personal-sized soufflé is canned crescent dough.
Easy Chicken Biryani
Flavored with fragrant, Indian spices, traditional chicken biryani is an incredible comfort food, but it typically requires cooking the chicken and vegetables separately, using several pans. Our simplified method delivers the classic, crave-worthy flavors with a little less effort and cleanup.
This easy pancake recipe is just as simple as using a box mix.
Everything Smoked-Salmon Summer Rolls
Ham Biscuit Casserole
Teriyaki Cheesesteak Ramen
Chicken, Broccoli, and Brown Rice Casserole
Enjoy this classic, comforting casserole when you’re feeling homesick.
Sheet Pan Fried Eggs
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are terrific with just a little butter and seasoning. Purists will love this recipe but if you need a little something extra, try sprinkling brown sugar or ground cinnamon over the top for a finishing touch.
Instant Pot Two-Minute Taco Soup
Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this tasty taco soup that the whole family will love.
Instant Pot Rice
Lighter Sloppy Joes
This recipe for sloppy joes replaces half the meat with nutty-hearty canned chickpeas, which saves money and fat.
Simply the Best Guacamole
Always remember: The best guacamole is the simplest guacamole.
Let the slow cooker do the work and enjoy this chili when you get home from class.
Orange-Almond Chicken-and-Cabbage Bowls
Make these low-calorie, no-cook bowls ahead for an easy lunch or dinner when time is tight. Change up the fruit, nut, or protein for whatever you have on hand.
Easy Roasted Butternut Squash
This will quickly become one of your favorite ways to prepare squash. Warning: Your kitchen will smell heavenly.
Baking the potato in the microwave makes this dish a snap to prepare.