Less prep, less assembly, and more time relaxing at the dinner table.
If your time or energy level dictates the need for dinners that come together in a few steps using a few ingredients, you've come to the right place. There have never been so many excellent options for time-saving packaged sauces, high-quality frozen seafood, or other similar grocery shelf shortcuts.
My own go-to meals with minimal ingredients are often simple pasta that leans on pantry staples. You'll find a few below, plus meals with shrimp, ground meat, chicken, and more. (Psst: In this definition, oil, salt, pepper, and water are all freebie ingredients that don't count as part of the five.)
This fresh-tasting pasta brings sunny vibes any night of the year. It leans on cherry tomatoes that you cook quickly in a skillet until they're slouchy. Mozzarella pearls add richness. No knife prep is needed!
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A package of enchilada sauce plus spicy Mexican chorizo compose the filling, while avocado slices and crushed Fritos make this take on a Sloppy Joe even more fun.
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Taco-seasoned ground turkey, pre-cooked rice, and crumbled queso fresco give you a hot meal in less time than it would take to run to your local burrito joint.
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Whipped cottage cheese is the backbone of this creamy but light pasta that's brightened with lemon juice and zest. The dry pasta cooks in the skillet, so there's only one pan to wash up.
Rotisserie chicken and Buffalo sauce meet for a quesadilla version of the popular party dip.
This foodie celebrity's pasta is worth checking out. It's a brown butter and sage linguine that her character made on the show The Last Thing He Told Me. Do you need to be familiar with the series to bother with the recipe? Nope. We can vouch that this pasta stands on its own.
Corn is hearty enough to make this skillet dinner a one-pan meal, but you could also serve it over couscous.
You can't go wrong with pasta, sauce, ground beef, cheese, and cottage cheese with mozzarella on top. This is one of those low-effort, high-payoff recipes that everyone in the family requests again and again.
Let's hear it for the sheet pan dinner! Bottled teriyaki is the key to everything coming together so quickly.
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Briny capers and tuna packed in olive oil offer so much flavor is such small packages.
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Boursin, that mild spreadable cheese, makes an excellent sauce for gnocchi. It all cooks right in the skillet.
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Any kind of pesto—basil, kale, or cilantro—would work here.
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Either cheese or meat tortellini fits the bill in this easy dinner that's flecked with wilted baby greens.
Our recipe editor Laurel Randolph grabs all of the things she needs for this quick and filling soup at her local Trader Joe's. "My husband goes ga-ga for this soup and it feels fancy enough that I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it to guests," she says.
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