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Some nights we feel like dusting off our favorite cookbook and spending two hours cooking coq au vin from scratch. But most nights, we want a fast, tasty meal we can throw together with stuff we already have in the kitchen. That's why these recipes contain five ingredients (plus a few pantry staples you probably already have on hand, like butter, flour and olive oil). They're about to become your secret weapons.

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Orecchiette with Spring Greens

Make good use of that farmers’ market haul.

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Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

This protein-packed dinner is surprisingly filling.

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Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio

Because everything’s more delicious in a skillet.

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Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

Cooking fish doesn’t have to be complicated.

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White Turkey Chili

Meet game-day chili’s sophisticated cousin.

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Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Takeout wishes it were this good.

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Cacio E Pepe

Fork, twirl, repeat.

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One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Bookmark this for when you really don’t feel like doing dishes (i.e., tonight).

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Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Got a spiralizer and five ingredients? This main practically makes itself.

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One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Got pasta, milk, butter, cheddar and cream cheese? Then you’ve got an incredible dinner.

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Eggs Baked in Tomatoes

Veggies > bowls.

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One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

You genius multitasker, you.

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