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41 Food Processor Recipes That Pretty Much Make Themselves

No matter how you acquired your food processor (you inherited it from Grandma; it was a wedding gift; you sprang for one with your own cash because Ina Garten told you to), it’s probably hiding out of sight somewhere in your kitchen, accumulating dust, taking up space and silently mocking you. Resolved to break out the machine more often? Here are 41 food processor recipes to put it to good use. The best part? They practically make themselves.

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1. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

You simply toss everything into your food processor, pulse and serve. Dinner doesn’t get easier than this.

2. Cookies-and-cream Shortbread Cookies

Food processors also happen to be handy for baking projects, like the dough for these cookie-flavored cookies. It comes together in, like, 3 minutes.

3. Cauliflower Rice

Before you run out to the grocery to buy premade cauliflower rice at a 600 percent markup, know that you could make your own in 20 minutes flat (and for much cheaper).

4. No-bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

You’re just four ingredients away from these two-bite treasures. Switch up the decorative sprinkles with the seasons for a year-round winner.

5. Strawberry Pie With Strawberry Crust

A pie so pretty we almost can’t take a slice. (We jest.) That’s thanks to the addition of freeze-dried strawberries in the crust, which get pulsed into a fine powder in the food processor.

6. 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice-cream Shell

Or you can use that homemade strawberry powder to make this nostalgic ice-cream topping. It takes ten minutes to make, but you’ll be thinking about it for days.

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7. Banana Cream Pie

This pie has a secret: The crust is laced with peanuts for a salty-sweet addition that balances out all that filling.

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8. Wild Alaska Salmon And Summer Squash Kebabs

The one-and-done chimichurri dipping sauce might be the easiest homemade condiment ever. It’s versatile too, so you should probably make extra.

9. Jalapeño-avocado Mac And Cheese

The base for this cheese sauce is blended with chiles for a next-level comfort food with a real kick.

10. Antoni Porowski’s Moroccan-style Pasta Bolognese

If we can’t get Antoni to dice the aromatics for us, our food processor is the next best thing.

11. Spicy Avocado Hummus

You could go with store-bought, but we bet you won’t find avocado hummus at your supermarket.

12. Vegan Golden Mylk Cheesecake

Both the filling and the crust are whipped up in the food processor, so you hardly have to lift a finger to make the entire thing.


13. Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter With Miso Aioli And Romesco Sauce

Once you try this quick, savory romesco sauce, you might never go back to bottled ranch dressing.

14. Green Goddess Wraps

Speaking of dressing, this homemade green goddess sauce is double-dip-worthy.

15. Sweet Potato Hummus

A sweet and savory ten-minute snack? Yes, please. The most difficult thing you’ll have to do is decide what to dip in it.

16. Portobello And Avocado Quesadillas With Magic Green Sauce

The sauce alone is worth bringing out your food processor. It’s the ideal balance of creamy, sweet, spicy and sour, so you’ll want to eat it with everything.

17. Chocolate-glazed Espresso Cheesecake

For the most uniform cookie crumbs, pulse them in your food processor instead of crushing them by hand. Don’t put it away, though: You’ll need it for the filling too.

18. Beet Hummus

What can we say? We love hummus in all its flavorful forms.

19. Chocolate-hazelnut Spread

Make this once and you’ll never regret buying that appliance again.

20. Mini Cauliflower-crust Breakfast Pizzas With Spicy Garlic Honey

So you made cauliflower rice. Don’t stop there! Turn it into a low-carb pizza crust by adding eggs and a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.

21. No-bake Cheesecake With Raspberry Compote

No fussy water baths here. The press-in crust and cream cheese filling are just as good as any bakery cheesecake, and the whole thing requires just ten ingredients.

22. Mini Strawberry Ice-cream Pies

We added cinnamon to this graham cracker crust, so everyone will wonder What makes this so damn good? before going back for seconds.

23. Edamame Hummus

There are seven grams of protein per serving, so you can feel good about eating almost the entire bowl.


24. Spaghetti With Avocado Pasta Sauce

This sauce is so rich, creamy and smooth, you’ll barely believe it’s actually pretty virtuous.

25. Cauliflower Steaks With Lemon-herb Sauce

Everyone at the table will think you pulled out all the stops. You don’t have to tell them that it took you 45 minutes from start to finish.

26. Balsamic Peach Sauce

Bye, store-bought marinade. We’re trading you in for this tangy, sweet concoction that’s impressive and easy.

27. No-bake Key Lime Cheesecake

If a cheesecake and a key lime pie had a very delicious baby, this would be it.

28. Smoky Eggplant Pasta With Pounded Walnut Relish, Mozzarella And Basil

We love a classic red sauce, but sometimes we need a change of pace. Enter this elevated pasta, which is rustic but fancy at the same time.

30. Neapolitan Pie

Want to impress your dinner guests? Make this adorable number. (It’s easier than it appears.)

31. Banoffee Pie With Honeycomb

Your food processor will make quick work of the graham cracker crust. In fact, the whole thing comes together in 40 minutes—the fastest pastry we’ve ever made.

32. Spicy Lemon Herb Sauce

We’re stocking our entire refrigerator with jars of this stuff for chicken, salads, grain bowls, whatever.

33. Pizza With Butternut Squash Sauce

Not today, pepperoni, not today. We’re going rogue this pizza night.

34. Vegan Chili ‘cheese’ Dip

For the smoothest, most convincing “cheese” sauce, puree the squash in your food processor. (Oh, you didn’t realize this was squash? We’re sneaky like that.)

35. Pesto Zoodles

Traditionally, pesto is made with a mortar and pestle, but who has time for that?

36. Easy Zucchini Bread

If your food processor has a grating attachment, it will spare you tons of time grating the zucchini for this bread.

37. Parsnip And Lemon Loaf Cake

Or if you’re not a zucchini fan, you can do the same thing with this parsnip version.

38. Soba Noodles With Peanut Sauce

Real talk: We’d eat almost anything if it came with a spicy peanut sauce. Good thing this dish takes just 25 minutes to make.

40. Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

Blend together tahini, bell peppers, kimchi and a Korean chili paste called gochujang, and you’ll end up with something magical.