Limited-Ingredient Recipes to Cook While You’re Staying at Home

Lifestyle | May 11, 2020


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Given our current at-home situation, we’re all being asked to do more with less. That goes for the meals we make, too, as some products are often out of stock or difficult to find. But it doesn’t mean we can’t still make nice things. In fact, there are a ton of delicious, even elegant, recipes out there that you can make with only a few ingredients. Here are some of our favorites.

Oven risotto (6 ingredients)

Generally Risotto doesn’t take a lot of ingredients: Arborio rice, stock, wine, maybe some Parmesan cheese or shallots. But it does take a little time and attention as you add stock gradually. This oven risotto recipe, however, even removes a lot of the effort, instead allowing you to cook this comfort food in the oven. All you need is a Dutch oven and a few basic ingredients, and you’re on your way.

Canned tuna pasta (4 ingredients)

Many of us have staples like canned tuna and pasta already in our pantries, and it only takes a couple more ingredients to turn them into a nice weekday meal that you can have ready in about 15 minutes. This recipe adds lemon, garlic, and either fresh or dried parsley for a light take on the tuna fish casserole we all know and love.

Jam toaster tarts (6 ingredients)

When you’re tired of cereal and have a little spare time on the weekend, this toaster tart (aka homemade Pop-Tarts) recipe is a winner. It consists of a few staple baking ingredients to make a dough that you fill with store-bought jam. Plus you can make a bunch, store them, and pop them in the toaster for later in the week.

Leftovers frittata (3+ ingredients)

This one goes by many names. Leftovers frittata, Sunday frittata, and the use-it-up frittata. Whatever it’s called, it goes like this: you beat 6 – 8 eggs, then add some cheese and leftovers, and bake it. Roasted veggies are great as are leftover meats like bacon, shredded chicken, or salmon. You could add cooked pesto pasta or kimchi. Some people even make it with last night’s Chinese takeout. Really anything goes, so be creative and have fun.

Homemade ice cream (3+ ingredients)

Ice cream is already quite simple—milk and/or cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. But if you’re having trouble getting your hands on any of the ingredients or just want to make it easier, we’ve got you covered. Try this yummy no-dairy banana and peanut butter ice cream that you can make in a blender. Or you can keep the dairy with this easy 3-ingredient no-churn recipe.

It doesn’t take extravagant ingredients to eat well, so try these recipes out and keep those spirits up.