5-ingredient recipes

Whether you’re wanting to cook your midweek meals speedily, or you need to cut down on costs, 5-ingredient recipes are a god-send. We love them for their speed and simplicity, so we’ve brought them all together for you in one place here.

From a summery halloumi and blistered tomato orzo to an elegant sole meuniere, we’ve got ideas that work for off-the-cuff dinners, impressive dinner party mains and please-all storecupboard classics. Expect easy pastas, make-ahead desserts, and healthy options that won’t break the bank. Whatever you’re in the mood for, find a 5-ingredient dinner or dessert to suit you here.

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Creamy sweetcorn and Tajín pasta

Weekly pasta recipes

Creamy sweetcorn and Tajín pasta

This budget recipe is the storecupbard saviour you didn’t know you needed but will always come back to. Tajín is...

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Halloumi and blistered tomato orzo

July seasonal recipes

Halloumi and blistered tomato orzo

Hands up who loves an easy orzo recipe? Pasta takes a summer holiday to the Greek islands in this simple...

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Easy mango mousse

Mango dessert recipes

Easy mango mousse

These almost effortless, incredibly summery mango mousses are perfect for a dinner party dessert, as they need to be made...

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Air fryer chicken thighs

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer chicken thighs

These simple air fryer chicken thighs are the best we’ve made, thanks to a little science and a light coating...

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Pasta alla sorrentina

Midweek meal recipes

Pasta alla sorrentina

This delicious, easy pasta recipe is inspired by gnocchi alla sorrentina, a crowd-pleasing dish from Sorrento in the Campania region...

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Orzo carbonara

Easy dinner party mains

Orzo carbonara

It certainly won’t please any Italians, but making carbonara with orzo instead of the more usual spaghetti or rigatoni creates...

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Speedy tagliatelle with ‘nduja, mascarpone and spinach

'Nduja recipes

Speedy tagliatelle with ‘nduja, mascarpone and spinach

This easy budget tagliatelle dish scores high for its sustainability and budget credentials, because it uses little energy. Capturing the...

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Cheesy mushroom Danish pastries

Puff pastry recipes

Cheesy mushroom Danish pastries

In just half an hour you can have a batch of these smoky, rich, burnished gold savoury Danish pastries, topped...

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‘Carbonara’ scrambled eggs

15-minute meal recipes

‘Carbonara’ scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are usually the last thing you want when making carbonara – here, however, the flavours of the iconic...

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Sole meuniere

Easy dinner party mains

Sole meuniere

The French name of this dish makes it sound like posh restaurant fare (and tricky to make), but it’s simpler...

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Tomato pasta salad

Budget pasta recipes

Tomato pasta salad

Angela Hartnett’s light and summery pasta salad requires just five ingredients (four excluding olive oil) so quality is key here....

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Cacio e pepe with asparagus

Quick pasta recipes

Cacio e pepe with asparagus

Cacio e pepe is one of the simplest – and tastiest – pasta dishes you can make. The original version is...

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Pomegranate and sweet potato chicken traybake

Traybake recipes

Pomegranate and sweet potato chicken traybake

A five-ingredient one-pan wonder that’s easy to make and good for you too! We think we’ve won you over… Or,...

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Speedy pea and prosciutto gnocchi

Gnocchi recipes

Speedy pea and prosciutto gnocchi

We’ve used a combination of cheat’s ingredients and luxury items to create a quick, easy and utterly delicious midweek meal...

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Sardines with watercress salad

Summer salads and sides

Sardines with watercress salad

We’ve used tinned sardines in this simple salad to keep the cost down, but you could easily swap them for...

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Mediterranean veg, pesto and goat’s cheese tarts

Puff pastry recipes

Mediterranean veg, pesto and goat’s cheese tarts

This clever goat’s cheese tart recipe uses time-saving products, like ready-made puff pastry, to make midweek cooking a cinch. Our...

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