I just love it when new ideas pop into my head. It has been awhile since the 'five ingredient recipe' theme has been the main topic here at Busy Cooks. Let's fix that today!
Pasta is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. I 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 is one of my 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!
You can get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes with these wonderful and easy recipes. My personal favorites are All-in-the-Slow-Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs, Red and White Tortellini, and Creamy Tomato Pasta. Try them all!
Pasta salads are delicious any time of the year, but especially good during the warm summer months. They will sit happily in your fridge while you have fun, and when you want to eat, just spoon up a plate and dig in. These recipes use the best produce of the season too, so they're healthy and colorful as well as tasty.
Side dishes can make the meal. And a pasta side dish is always welcome. These wonderful recipes can be served alongside roasted chicken, a grilled steak, or sautéed pork. And you can make them into main dishes by adding some protein. Yum.