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Avocado toast for dinner again? A fried egg? Those are great options—we make them all the time, too—but there are other ideas out there for when you, you know, get bored. When you can't stand to look a yolk in the eye (for a day or two, anyway), look here instead of at takeout menus.

These 30 dishes come together in just a few more ingredients than one egg: Five (count 'em, five!), not including salt, pepper, or water.

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Pasta

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions

Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions by Genius Recipes

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and Mozzarella

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and... by The Canal House

Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara

Eggs

Spaghetti Frittata
Spaghetti Frittata
Pan con Tomate with Fried Eggs

Pan con Tomate with Fried Eggs by fiveandspice

Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole

Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs
Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs
Cracker Eggs

Cracker Eggs by savorthis

Matzo Brei with Bacon and Maple Syrup

Matzo Brei with Bacon and Maple Syrup by fiveandspice

Fish & Seafood

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Dyers Island Lobster Hash

Dyers Island Lobster Hash by Stephen Gray

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry by Genius Recipes

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon
A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon

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Other Meat

Miso and Honey Butter–Roast Chicken
Miso and Honey Butter–Roast Chicken
Maple Lacquered Duck Breast

Maple Lacquered Duck Breast by aargersi

Balkan Lamb and Leek Pie

Balkan Lamb and Leek Pie by inpatskitchen

1-2-3-4 Spareribs
1-2-3-4 Spareribs
Diana Kennedy's Carnitas

Diana Kennedy's Carnitas by Genius Recipes

Vietnamese Sugar Steak

Vietnamese Sugar Steak by savorthis

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Basil-Ginger Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Basil-Ginger Marinated Pork Tenderloin by QueenSashy

Grilled Salad with Romaine, Peaches, Garlic Scapes, and Steak

Grilled Salad with Romaine, Peaches, Garlic Scapes, and S... by Elizabeth Stark

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon
Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon

And the Others!

Salt and Pepper Tofu
Salt and Pepper Tofu
Miso Soup

Miso Soup by Joy Belamarich

Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée

Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Slab Grilled Cheese

Slab Grilled Cheese by Food52

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino by Genius Recipes

Tell us: What are your bare-fridge, back-pocket dinners?