20 Easy 5-Ingredient (or Fewer!) Recipes
You don't need a lot of ingredients (five or fewer, to be exact) to make these simple recipes delicious. Whether you're looking for breakfast (may we recommend 3-Ingredient Pancakes?), dinner (these Baked Pork Chops are shockingly easy), or dessert (you just need chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk for this fudge), you'll find something for everyone at your table in this collection of five-ingredient—or fewer—recipes.
3-Ingredient Baked Pork Chops
Exciting news—you’re just three ingredients away from a magnificently meaty main dish! This crispy, oven-baked pork chop recipe works just as well for boneless, center-cut pork chops, simply check them after 10-15 minutes and be sure not to let them overcook.
Cacio e Pepe
This foolproof method delivers the classic, crave worthy flavors and textures of cacio e pepe—strong peppery backbone (without verging towards too “hot”), earthy saltiness from the Pecorino cheese, and a luscious sauciness that will have you ready to lick the bowl.
2-Ingredient (More or Less) Sweet Potato Pancakes
Yes, you can make sweet potato pancakes with just two ingredients (give or take)! If you’re a little skeptical, you’ll become a believer after biting into them. They’re simple enough for weekdays, yet feel indulgent enough for weekend brunch.
Combine ingredients and soak overnight. Add sorrel juice to chia pudding for desired taste and texture. Top with whatever fruit is good at the farmers market: berries, peaches, pears. Add shaved coconut or flax or cacao or any crunchy seed or nut.
These single-serving pancakes are a bit more like the custardy center bite of French toast: fluffy, eggy, and golden delicious.
Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos
You’re craving a new protein-packed breakfast, but you don’t have much time to experiment in the kitchen before running out the door. Here’s a foolproof breakfast taco recipe that’s quick, simple, and most importantly, delicious.
3-Ingredient Banana Bread
When you’re baking a loaf of homemade banana bread, you no longer have to fuss with flour, baking powder, eggs, etc.—all of that stuff’s included in just-add-water pancake mix.
Requiring a mere 2 ingredients (both of which are likely already in your pantry), this is the fudge you can make with one only one hand. Packing an intensely chocolatey flavor, this easy fudge recipe is sure to please.
Requiring only two ingredients, these easy coconut macaroons are almost too good to be true. Whip up a batch in just 20 minutes for sweet and simple treat.
3-Ingredient S'mores Peepza
Peeps, Nutella, and a refrigerated pizza crust come together for a jaw-dropping pastel masterpiece.
Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts
This is a perfect basic grilled chicken recipe, simple and versatile enough to meal prep, whip up on a hectic weeknight, or serve to company. Make sure to cook the chicken breasts until the internal temperature reaches a safe 165 degrees—about six minutes on each side. Save three of these grilled chicken breast halves to make our Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. Garnish the plate with grilled lemon slices.
Simple Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
This simple whole chicken recipe is great served as is with crusty bread or over rice, but it’s also a great way to cook chicken ahead of time to use in a variety of dishes, such as chicken salad, soups, and casseroles.
Grilled Bone-In Chicken Thighs
How can such a simple recipe for grilled chicken thighs taste so flavorful and satisfying? Once you sink your teeth into the super-crispy skin and find rich, tasty dark meat waiting underneath, you’ll understand. This low and slow cooking method yields tender, succulent meat with carefully developed flavors.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Golden brown waffles provide the perfect compliment this ham, dijon mustard, and cheddar brunch sandwich.
5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
When glazing, use a shallow bowl that will accommodate the entire cookie.
White Chocolate-Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars
Fact: Cinnamon Toast Crunch makes everything better.
If the sweet, warm, crunchy cereal was a more frequently used ingredient, the world would be a much better place. That's why we created these super easy, 3-ingredient White Chocolate-Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars using Pampered Chef's Snack Bar Maker (read all about this amazing pan here). Don't worry if you don't want to shell out the $25—you can get a cheaper alternative on Amazon OR you can forgo the special pan and make White Chocolate-Cinnamon Toast Bark instead. Truly, the sky's the limit when it comes to these homemade candy bars.
Simple Rice And Beans
With just a few ingredients (that you probably already have in your pantry), this easy, budget-friendly recipe couldn't be simpler.
Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash
As easy as it gets, this is a great, hands-off, and foolproof method for making slow cooker spaghetti squash. Use the slow-cooked squash for salads, as a veggie swap for pasta noodles, or as a simple fall side dish.
Simple Grilled Whole Lobster
Cooking fresh lobster may seem intimidating—but after you do it once, it’s really know sweat. Grilling them is a great way to cook fresh lobster as it imparts a delicious smoky flavor to the crustacean’s rich meat, and being that you can eat them right from the shells, it’s super simple too.