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Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (May 2 – 8)

You may think that making a memorable meal requires lots of fancy (and expensive) ingredients. But this week’s menu proves that you can cook a next-level dinner with basic pantry staples—and fast. These seven recipes, which run the gamut from 15-minute shrimp to cheater’s flatbread pizza, call for ten ingredients max, and they’re all ready to devour in less than an hour. Need we say more?

30 Five-Ingredient Recipes That Are Low-Stress and Super Easy to Make


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Shopping List

Produce
4 lemons
2 ounces baby spinach
6 garlic cloves
8 medium tomatoes
9 ounces corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
2 cups new potatoes
1 bunch fresh basil
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch rosemary
1 bunch kale
1 bunch beets

Meat
6 chicken thighs
2 pounds jumbo shrimp
8 large eggs
Four 8- to 10-ounce beef tenderloin steaks

Dairy
3 sticks unsalted butter
4 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
14 ounces ricotta cheese
2 ounces milk

Grains
12 ounces spaghetti
1 large or 2 small flatbreads
White rice, for serving
Dinner rolls, for serving

Canned and Packaged Goods
1 packet ranch seasoning
9 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
Sesame seeds

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, all-purpose flour, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, dried Italian herb seasoning

Monday: Cacio E Pepe

Picky eaters are no match for this buttery, cheesy pasta that comes together in 20 minutes flat. Substitute Parmesan for traditional Pecorino if you don’t have any on hand.

Tuesday: Parmesan-ranch Chicken Thighs

Only a few pantry staples and a packet of ranch seasoning stand between you and dinner for six. Serve the chicken with salad, buttered noodles, mashed potatoes or light and tangy coleslaw.

Wednesday: Grilled Flatbread Pizza With Ricotta And Lemon

Thanks to store-bought flatbread, you won’t have to fuss with pizza dough to pull off this elegant vegetarian pie. Use a grill pan if you haven’t taken the barbecue out of hibernation yet.

Thursday: Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (shrimp In Garlic Sauce)

It doesn’t get more low-maintenance than this family-style stunner. Adding the shrimp with their shells on will help the sauce cling to them (but you can use rice and bread to soak up any sauce that slides off).

Friday: Eggs Baked In Tomatoes

Oh hi, farmers market tomatoes. They’ll shine their brightest in this skillet recipe, dressed in a simple mix of olive oil, Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.

Saturday: Easy 5-ingredient Corn Soup

Ideally, you’d shuck two ears of fresh summer corn for this beyond simple soup, but you can easily swap in frozen or canned kernels in the off season.

Sunday: One-pan Steak With Beets And Crispy Kale

Allow this sheet pan gem to show you that there’s no reason to be intimidated by cooking steak at home. Feel free to zhuzh up the sides by supplementing spring produce, like asparagus, mushrooms or carrots.


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