9 Quick and Delicious Meals with 5 Ingredients or Less


Kristin of Food Fash’s delicious sausage with broccoli. 

With school about to start back up, you need all the kitchen help you can get. There’s really no time to try extravagant recipes — you just want something that’s quick, easy, and tastes delicious. Making a meal with five ingredients (or less) sounds impossible — you’re probably wondering if these dishes will really fill your hungry family up. Believe it or not, you can make a hearty and satisfying meal with just a few elements. Don’t make dinner more complicated than it needs to be on a weeknight. There are so many great five-ingredient recipes — tacos, cookies, rice bowls — which is why we made them the theme of this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). Make your weeknight stress-free with these ideas.

We asked The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network members to share their best five ingredient or less meals, and the results will make you realize how hearty, simple, and delicious recipes with few ingredients can be. Make a batch of cookies with just three ingredients, a robust dinner with only two, or tacos with four elements. Here are this week’s highlights.

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Bundt Jelly Cake with Summer Flavors and a Creamy Layer

If you’re planning an end-of-summer bash, Bundt Jelly Cake with Summer Flavors and a Creamy Layer will wow your guests.  Katalina Kastravet of Peas and Peonies blog made a  delicious cake with peach and raspberry, plus a creamy and sweet layer of condensed milk jelly.

Stuffed Shells with Cashews

Cashews and pasta? You may think Rini Desarin of Healing Tomato is a little crazy, but this recipe is shockingly tasty. This pasta integrates finely chopped unsalted cashews, which bring a distinctly nutty flavor to the dish.

Sausage Broccoli

When you think of five-ingredient meals, you probably start to panic — can just five elements satisfy? We have one better — Kristin, the blogger behind Food Fash, made a delicious recipe with only two ingredients, and that’s why she’s the winner of this week’s SWAT. Broccoli and hot Italian sausage — yum! In a bind for dinner? Whip up this recipe.

Mom’s Broiled Chicken

The Hungary Buddha

Delicious crisp chicken coated in Hungarian paprika.

Hungarian paprika coats chicken pieces, which are topped with oyster sauce to make them glisten. Simply broil and serve with a squeeze of lime. This recipe can easily be adapted for one — or a party of 10. — Chrissy Barua

For the Mom’s Broiled Chicken recipe, click here.

Crispy Chicken with Fig and Shallot Compote

Acalclated Whisk

Crispy chicken thighs under a compote of fig, shallots, and lemon.

This is such an easy recipe, beginning with the blank but irresistible slate of crispy chicken thighs and ending with the simplest compote made of shallots, figs, and lemon. — Rebecca Winkler


For the Crispy Chicken with Fig, Shallot Compote recipe, click here.