6 Easy Spanish Recipes for College Students

Six Spanish Recipes that are Quick, Easy, and Cheap

Students' wallets aren't fat with cash or plastic, but they need to "fill up" to keep burning the midnight oil. Many students are away from home and cooking on their own for the first time, too. So, we've put together a list of quick and easy Spanish food recipes just for students. All require no more than the basic frying pan or stock pot, and no complicated cooking techniques. All use inexpensive ingredients like spaghetti or rice. Because students need time to study, not every recipe can be prepared in just a few minutes!

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    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice

    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice
    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra

    If you can boil water and fry an egg, you can make this recipe! There are many versions, but this is the “Sierra” household’s version of Arroz Cubano—a bed of rice topped with tomato sauce and a fried egg. How much easier can dinner be?!

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    Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo

    Spanish Pasta With Chorizo and Tomato Sauce

    The Spruce

    Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are often eaten in Spanish homes with a typically Spanish twist to the sauce – Spanish chorizo sausage and Spanish smoked paprika. A quick and easy main course, the chorizo makes this pasta in chorizo and tomato sauce very tasty.

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    Omelet with Spanish Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo

    Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo
    Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra

    Can you make scrambled eggs? How about slice and fry a sausage? Then you can make this omelet with Spanish chorizo. It makes a great breakfast, light lunch or an appetizer or "tapa." Serve with baguette slices.

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    White Beans with Chorizo - Alubias Blancas con Chorizo

    White Beans with Chorizo is a quick and easy dish for those nights when you want something quick and have to study. Since the recipe uses canned white kidney beans, most of the work is done for you. So, it's a perfect dish for beginner cooks as well. White beans combine well with the Spanish chorizo, onions, garlic, and pepper to make a tasty and satisfying main course, ready in about 20 minutes.

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    Pinchos Morunos - Pork Kabobs

    Although these kabobs are normally marinated overnight, they are very easy to make and are delicious. Be sure to leave a note for your roommates not to eat them before you get home from class! Served all over Spain in tapas bars, these "pinchos" can be made of pork, lamb or sometimes veal. Choose the meat that you like best.

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    Gambas al Ajillo - Shrimp in Garlic

    Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

    The Spruce

    One of the most common "tapas" of Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor. Substitute any dry white wine if you cannot afford Spanish sherry. Serve with rustic bread and a green salad and make a dinner of it!