75 Go-To Recipes for College Students
Shrimp and Ramen Stir-Fry
The college student's standby gets a serious upgrade in this tasty stir-fry supper.
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
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.
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.
Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
This breakfast sandwich will rival what you get at the drive-through.
Breakfast Meatballs and Spud-Ghetti
Kind of like breakfast for dinner, but still breakfast.
Grilled Margherita Sandwiches
This quick 5-ingredient entrée transforms a the classic pizza combo into a melty grilled sandwich.
Everything Bagel Roasted Salmon
Everything bagel seasoning is an easy but unexpected way to add punch to salmon; the onion flavor is subtle, and the added crunch provides a nice textural contrast to the tender fish. Brushing on honey and mustard adds the perfect sweet and tangy kick.
Make the Walking Taco your trusty sidekick when you’re looking for a tasty meal on the go.
Instant Pot Lasagna
Weeknight dinner doesn't get easier than this—we're talking cheesy, gooey, and ready in a flash. The next time the craving for hearty, comfort food strikes, just remember, Instant Pot Lasagna has your back.
Copycat Longhorn Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Sure, they may be known for steak (being a steakhouse and all), but everyone knows that Longhorn’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken is the real MVP on their menu. Enjoy this cheesy chicken dinner any night you please with our easy copycat recipe.
Easy Oven Rice
For anyone who’s ever struggled with cooking rice on the stovetop (and no, it’s not just you…), this easy oven rice recipe is for you. Say hello to your new foolproof method for perfect, fluffy rice—every time. The only real “tricks” to nailing this baked rice recipe are avoiding over-stirring and fighting the urge to “peek” while the rice is cooking.
Loaded Faux-Tato Soup
This super easy soup is just like a loaded baked potato, but has half the carbs thanks to a secret ingredient - cauliflower. It's silky, thick, hearty, and filling, and doesn't contain any grainy cauliflower bits. The toppings - bacon, cheese, sour cream, and fresh scallions - cut the soup's richness by adding crunch, tang, and savory flavors. Go ahead and make it for the family on a chilly night. Nobody will know you're faking it.
Easy Chili-Bean Dip
Get your dip on with this super easy, 7-ingredient Tex-Mex dip. Just combine your ingredients and heat them together on the stove.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnamon Toast
Need to use up a small amount of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that won't fill a bowl? Use it as a crunch-tastic accent for toast instead. This fun twist on cinnamon toast is easy enough for kids to make, and thanks to the cereal, no additional cinnamon sugar is needed.
Sheet Pan Steak with Blistered Veggies
We have a saying around here: A good sheet pan dinner is always a winner. And this quick and easy steak and veggie supper is a shining example. It’s a delicious taste of what cookbook author Julie Grimes offers in $10 Dinners: Delicious Meals for a Family of 4 that Don't Break the Bank; grab a copy today for more family-friendly recipes that are equally friendly on your wallet.
This perfect, butter pasta is super easy to make and will serve a group of kids for less than $3.00. Pack it in a school lunch (and cause some serious lunch envy), serve it as an after-school snack or add it to the spread at any summer or pool party. Hold on to a little bit of that pasta water: mixed with the butter and cheese, it keeps the pasta from being too dry.
Quick Chicken and Dumplings
Flour tortillas stand in for traditional biscuit dough so you can bring this crowd-pleasing, one-pot chicken dinner from stove to table in minutes.