Preparing a tasty meal doesn’t have to be complicated, especially with these easy dinner recipes on hand. These five-ingredient recipes prove the point.

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated September 21, 2018
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Call it a pizza or just call it a really tasty dinner. Either way, polenta is the crispy base for the savory sausage, luscious ricotta, and good-for-you Swiss chard. Instant polenta is the key to a quick and easy dinner here! Get the recipe:Polenta Pizza With Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Ricotta
Jen Causey

Trust in these easy dinner recipes to help you get dinner on the table faster than ever. With just five ingredients (plus olive oil, salt, and pepper), these quick and easy meals will make you the hero of fast weeknight dinners. You might be tempted to just call an impromptu dinner party because there's something here for everyone and these easy dinner ideas will make you look like a pro.

Jen Causey

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This dinner idea will become a weeknight favorite not just for its short ingredients list, but because the meal all roasts on one sheet tray. This is the epitome of an easy dinner recipe. The broiler comes in handy for an extra quick dinner and to get the scallions nice and charred.

Get the recipe: Broiled Arctic Char With Sesame-Ginger Mustard

Jen Causey

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A flavorful and easy dinner comes together with just five ingredients (plus salt, pepper, and olive oil). This steak and potatoes meal is bursting with bitter greens tossed with a lemony-parmesan vinaigrette, crispy potatoes, and juicy steak.

Get the recipe: Steak Salad With Crispy Potatoes and Lemon-Parmesan Dressing

Jen Causey

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Frittatas are an endless canvas of possibility and an easy dinner recipe to keep on hand always. Here, creamed corn adds a shortcut to flavor in a five-ingredient dinner and sauteed mushrooms and leeks knock it out of the park in this cheesy frittata.

Get the recipe: Cheesy Mushroom, Corn, and Leek Frittata

Jennifer Causey

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Thick slices of garlicky toast are piled high with mashed, roasted kabocha squash, herb pesto, and braised chickpeas. The dish comes together fast and easy, but the flavors are elevated. Grab a loaf of quality bread since it plays center-stage here.

Get the recipe: Garlic Toast With Squash, Pesto, and Olive-Oil Braised Chickpeas

Jen Causey

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Fresh salsa verde is the kitchen staple you need to be using to get dinner on the table faster. This five-ingredient easy recipe is a great place to get started. Searing the chicken thighs in hot oil makes for a golden-brown crust that gives the whole dish a major flavor boost.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs With Salsa Verde

Jen Causey

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Call it a pizza or just call it a really tasty dinner. Either way, polenta is the crispy base for the savory sausage, luscious ricotta, and good-for-you Swiss chard. Instant polenta is the key to a quick and easy dinner here!

Get the recipe: Polenta Pizza With Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Ricotta