We just love it when new ideas pop into our head. It has been awhile since the 'five ingredient recipe' theme has been the main topic here. Let's fix that today!
Pasta is a staple ingredient in our kitchen. We love all the different shapes and sizes of pasta, including dried, refrigerated, fresh, and frozen. Pasta is very easy to cook, kids and adults like it, and it can be transformed into brand new recipes using just a few ingredients.
The trick to inventing five ingredient recipes is to look for grocery items that combine several ingredients into one package. For instance, the frozen chopped bell pepper and onion stir-fry combination are one of our favorite shortcut ingredients. Dried herb mixes, salsas and sauces, dry pasta and bean mixes, salads and prepared food from the deli, and seasoned canned vegetables are all essentials in the five ingredient pantry. Also, be sure to use the freshest and best quality ingredients that you can find in these recipes. Each ingredient's flavor and color stand out in these simple recipes so they need to be the best.
Enjoy these five-ingredient pasta main dishes and salads; and remember, substituting your own favorite ingredients for those called for in a recipe is what makes cooking a creative challenge!
Five Ingredient Pasta Entree Recipes
- Creamy Tomato Pasta
Cream cheese makes pasta sauce so smooth and velvety and adds a wonderful tang. This is a go-to recipe for me in the winter.
- Chicken Spaghetti
This simple recipe has such a wonderful flavor. If we were to add another ingredient, it would be minced garlic.
- Tuna Alfredo Casserole
Bottled Alfredo sauce is the secret ingredient in this fabulous recipe. If you can't find a cheese sauce, add some shredded Colby or Muenster cheese.
- Chicken Manicotti
Tender chicken thighs are mixed with cheese and Italian seasonings, stuffed into pasta shells and baked in tomato sauce in this wonderful casserole.
- Chicken Tortellini Casserole
We always have frozen tortellini in our house, to make super quick recipes just like this one.
- Easy Lasagna
Lasagna can be a complicated recipe, but not this gem! Just five ingredients make a hearty and delicious main dish.
- Fettuccine Alfredo
Bottled Alfredo sauce is the secret ingredient in this super quick and creamy recipe. It takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
- Ziti Chicken Casserole
Canned chicken is used in this super fast recipe, but you could use leftover chicken, shredded and stirred into the creamy cheesy sauce.
- Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini
The day we discovered that pasta could be cooked in the crockpot is the day our life became much easier. We love this simple recipe.
- Five Ingredient Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs Meal
This wonderful meal is made of five ingredients. It's hard to believe such a short ingredient list can make a fabulous dinner, but it's true.
- Ziti Chicken Casserole
Canned chicken is really good, and is perfect to use in any recipe that calls for pre-cooked chicken. Leftover chicken can be used in this great recipe too.
- All in the Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
We make this incredible recipe often in the cold months. It takes about three minutes of work for a wonderfully warming meal.
- Old Fashioned Skillet Goulash
Although the ingredient list for this recipe looks long, it's mostly seasonings. We love this comfort food recipe.
- Red and White Tortellini
This recipe was the first we tried that used frozen pasta and just baked it in a sauce. It turns out perfectly every time.
- Tomato Pesto Spaghetti
Make this recipe in the summer when basil and tomatoes are both at their peak. It's so good.
- Beans and Pasta in Clam Sauce
If you love clams, this is the recipe for you. I'd add some chopped tomatoes with the clams.
Five Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipes
- Ranch Ham Salad
This salad reminds me of some we've had at restaurant salad bars. It's simply satisfying.
- Bean and Pasta Salad
Pasta and legumes is a really delicious combination.
- Ham and Couscous Salad
Yes, couscous is a pasta. This wonderful and flavorful recipe is so good for you too.
- Three Bean Pasta Salad
Start at the deli for a salad, add pasta and grape tomatoes, and voila! Dinner!
Five Ingredient Pasta Side Dish Recipes
- Buttered Herb Pasta
Any chopped fresh herb is delicious in this super simple recipe. We think it tastes great next to a grilled steak, with a simple fruit salad.
- Pasta With Garlic and Cheese
Garlic, parsley, and cheese are delicious with spaghetti. You could use angel hair pasta, fettuccine or linguine in this easy recipe.