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25 Five-Ingredient Dinner Recipes That Are Oh-So-Simple

You don't need a laundry list of ingredients to make a filling and delicious meal.

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1. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken And Veggies

Meal Prep Pesto Chicken And Veggies

Chicken thighs + green beans + cherry tomatoes + pesto. Get the recipe.

2. Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe

Spaghetti + butter + parmesan + black pepper. Get the recipe.

3. Steak & Potato Hash

Steak + bell peppers + onion + spices + potatoes. (Note that with this and most other recipes on this list, you'll also need three pantry staples: salt, pepper, and olive oil.) Get the recipe.

4. Black Bean Soup

Black beans + salsa + cilantro + cumin + garlic. Get the recipe.

5. Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti + egg + cheese + garlic + bacon. (Optional: parsley to garnish.) Get the recipe.

6. Colorful Pasta Salad

Pasta + arugula + mozzarella + red peppers + pesto. Get the recipe.

7. Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Chicken + lemon + garlic + rosemary. Get the recipe.

8. Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

Salmon + balsamic + white wine + honey + dijon. (Optional: Rosemary to garnish.) Get the recipe.

9. Crock Pot Italian Beef

Roast beef + broth + Italian seasoning mix + pepperoncinis + relish. (Plus, anything you'd like to pair it with, like hoagie rolls and cheese, or a side of fresh veggies.) Get the recipe.

10. Easy Stovetop White Chicken Chili

Chicken broth + shredded chicken + white beans + salsa verde + spices. (Plus: Any toppings you'd like: avocado, cilantro, sour cream.) Get the recipe.

11. Thai Pumpkin Soup

Chicken broth + canned pumpkin + chili pepper + coconut milk + red curry paste. Get the recipe.

12. Quick Ramen Bowl with Fresh Veggies

Ramen noodles + spinach + mushrooms + green onions. (Optional: Top with egg, serve with chili-garlic paste or Sriracha.) Get the recipe.

13. Pesto-Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Shredded chicken + bell peppers + mozzarella + quinoa + pesto. Get the recipe.

14. Versatile Vegan Pesto

Walnuts + garlic + pea shoots + mint leaves. (Plus, whatever you'd like to pair the pesto with — like pasta, crusty bread, or veggies.) Get the recipe.

15. Sweet Lemon Shrimp

Shrimp + hoisin sauce + honey + lemon juice/zest + cilantro. Get the recipe.

16. Marinated Kale Salad with Almond Butter

Kale + almond butter + apple cider vinegar + agave nectar + tamari or soy sauce. (Plus, any mix-ins you'd like: tomatoes, pepitas, etc.) Get the recipe.

17. Bacon & Asparagus Pasta

Pasta + bacon + asparagus + white wine + Parmesan. Get the recipe.

18. Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pork tenderloin + root beer + barbecue sauce + hamburger buns. Get the recipe.

19. Vegetarian Lentil Lasagna

Lasagna noodles + tomato soup + lentils + pesto + cheese. Get the recipe.

20. Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Chicken + garlic power + oregano + cumin + salsa verde. (And anything you'd like to serve it with, like tortillas or seasoned rice.) Get the recipe.

21. Tilapia with Roasted Corn

Tilapia + corn + chili powder + mayo + lime. Get the recipe.

22. Hearty Tuscan Bean Soup

Diced tomatoes + cannellini beans + leeks + kale. Get the recipe.

23. Easy Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Tortellini + marinara + shredded mozzarella + fresh mozzarella + parsley. Get the recipe.

24. Skillet Chickpeas and Greens

Chickpeas + spinach + garlic + cumin. Get the recipe.

25. Tacos with Spiced Black Beans and Avocado

Tortillas + black beans + goat cheese + avocado + spices. (Optional: Lime-honey glaze.) Get the recipe.