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14 Easy Dinner Recipes With 5 Ingredients or Less

Less prep, less assembly, and more time relaxing at the dinner table.

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

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.)

Warm Caprese Pasta

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

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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Easy Chorizo Sloppy Joes

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

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 Turkey Bowls

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

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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Creamy Pasta With Zucchini

<p>Simply Recipes / Grace Elkus</p>

Simply Recipes / Grace Elkus

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.

Get Recipe: This 5-Ingredient Pasta Is My Favorite Way To Use up Extra Zucchini

Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

Rotisserie chicken and Buffalo sauce meet for a quesadilla version of the popular party dip.

Get Recipe: This 20-Minute Dinner Tastes Like Your Favorite Dip

Jennifer Garner's 5-Ingredient Pasta

<p>Simply Recipes / Wanda Abraham</p>

Simply Recipes / Wanda Abraham

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.

Get Recipe: Jennifer Garner’s Easy 5-Ingredient Pasta Is the Most Luxurious Weeknight Dinner

Skillet Shrimp With Corn and Pancetta

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

Corn is hearty enough to make this skillet dinner a one-pan meal, but you could also serve it over couscous.

Get Recipe: Creamy Skillet Shrimp with Corn, Pancetta, and Tomatoes

Easy Pasta Bake

<p>Simply Recipes / Sara Haas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sara Haas

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.

Get Recipe: The Budget-Friendly 5-Ingredient Pasta Bake My Family Asks Me For All the Time

Sheet Pan Salmon Teriyaki

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

Let's hear it for the sheet pan dinner! Bottled teriyaki is the key to everything coming together so quickly.

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Linguine With Tuna and Capers

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

Briny capers and tuna packed in olive oil offer so much flavor is such small packages.

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Creamy Skillet Gnocchi With Bacon and Peas

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Simply Recipes / Photo by Fred Hardy II / Food Styling by Ana Kelly / Prop Styling by Shell Royster

Boursin, that mild spreadable cheese, makes an excellent sauce for gnocchi. It all cooks right in the skillet.

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Pesto Shrimp With Cherry Tomatoes

<p>Simply Recipes / Coco Morante</p>

Simply Recipes / Coco Morante

Any kind of pesto—basil, kale, or cilantro—would work here.

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Skillet Cacio e Pepe Tortellini

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Either cheese or meat tortellini fits the bill in this easy dinner that's flecked with wilted baby greens.

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Trader Joe’s Meatball and Tortellini Pesto Soup Recipe

<p>Simply Recipes / Laurel Randolph</p>

Simply Recipes / Laurel Randolph

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.

Get Recipe: The Easy 5-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Dinner My Husband Goes Ga-Ga For

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