Weeknight Cooking

13 Five-Ingredient Dinners

March 31, 2014

This title says it all, people. Because really -- isn't less always more? Here are 13 recipes that will save dinner, time and time again: the ones to lean on, the ones to commit to memory. (They're just five ingredients, after all.)

Simple Bolognese by Merrill Stubbs

Bolognese from Food52

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Le Bernardin's Crispy-Skinned Fish by Genius Recipes 

Fish from Food52


Decadent Fried Egg Sandiwch by HalfPint

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich from Food52


Maple-Cardamom Glazed Salmon by alasully 

Salmon from Food52


Diana Kennedy's Carnitas by Genius Recipes

Carnitas from Food52


Macaroni Peas by Nicholas

Macaroni peas from FOod52


Gabriella's Farmer Cheese Gnocchi by NakedBeet

Gnocchi from Food52


Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey by Brooklyn Salt

Escarole from Food52


Dyer's Island Lobster Hash by Stephen Gray 

Lobster hash from Food52


Sugar Steak with Bourbon by Amanda Hesser

Sugar steak from Food52 


Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken by Genius Recipes 

Roast Chicken from Food52


Shrimp à la Bittman by Amanda Hesser

Shrimp a la Bittman from Food52


Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Marcella sauce by Food52



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anna April 3, 2014
I think if I had these ingredients around the house (escarole and lobster?), I would have a plan for what to do with them, without needing these recipes. The recipes are interesting, but I would expect an article with this title to feature entire meals made with things one is likely to have in one's pantry on any given day. I really didn't expect recipes that would require a special trip to the grocery store and the addition of 1 or 2 other dishes to make a complete meal. I had thought this might features something time-saving, but apparently not.
Michelle April 2, 2014
Misleading title, most of these are not meals... especially plain gnocchi ... who would eat that by itself for dinner?