Header image: Easy Seared Flank Steak from CHOW

As you know, at CHOW, we love to give you recipes that test your culinary limits. But sometimes, simpler can be better. In that spirit, we’re giving you 9 recipes you can make with less than five ingredients. Take a stab at the one of the below and you’ll see, you don’t need a ton of fancy ingredients to make something great.

1. Bacon-Cheddar Breakfast Burritos


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Start your day off with our bacon-cheddar breakfast burritos – they’re filling and 100% better than what you’ll get at Mickey D’s. Plus, odds are you can whip this up with ingredients you already have in your fridge. Get our Bacon-Cheddar Breakfast Burritos recipe.

2. Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs


Want an easy way to elevate your egg game? Just follow our recipe and see how you can go from short order cook to Top Chef with just a few small tricks. Along with wilted greens, the eggs can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in between. Get our Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs recipe.

3. Pasta with Caramelized Tomatoes and Sausage


If you’ve ever been intimidated by the thought of making your own pasta sauce, look no further than our recipe for pasta with caramelized tomatoes and sausage. With only five ingredients – pasta, red pepper flakes, sausage, tomatoes and cheese – you can make a sauce that will make you think twice about ever using the canned stuff again.  Get our Pasta with Caramelized Tomatoes and Sausage recipe.

4. Cacio e Pepe


While most people think of red sauce as the Italian staple, it’s actually cacio e pepe that is the favorite pasta dish of Romans. Translated literally as “cheese and pepper”, the dish comes together with those two ingredients, butter and the magic maker – pasta water. Keep this recipe in your back pocket for when the fridge is bare. Get our Cacio e Pepe recipe.

5. Whole Roasted Chicken


We’ve already been over how easy it is to roast a whole chicken before, but in case you need a refresher, here you go. Wash and rinse, cover with salt, pepper and oil, stick it in the oven. Boom, your work is done. No use overly complicating the prep – it’s that easy. Get our Whole Roasted Chicken recipe.

6. Easy Baked Salmon


Cooking fish can be intimidating and a little tricky – unless you follow our foolproof recipe for baked salmon. The salmon is seasoned with a mixture of oil, parsley and mustard, covered in Panko breadcrumbs and then baked. Total time to table is under 30 minutes. Get our Easy Baked Salmon recipe.

7. Easy Chicken Teriyaki


If you haven’t gotten the message so far, there’s no need to buy store bought sauce when you can just as easily make it at home. Case in point our recipe for teriyaki chicken – the teriyaki sauce only has three ingredients; soy sauce, honey, and ginger. Add it to sautéed chicken and serve along with some steamed rice, and you have yourself a meal. Get our Easy Chicken Teriyaki recipe.

8. Easy Seared Flank Steak


Pro tip: when it comes to steak, don’t over complicate things. Less (seasoning) is always more. Case in point our recipe for seared flank steak. After a quick dip in a marinade of oil, Worchester and Dijon, the steak is ready for the grill.  Get our Easy Seared Flank Steak recipe.

9. Raspberry Sorbet


Sweet and tart, our raspberry sorbet is probably one of the easiest desserts you can make from scratch. All you need are lemons, raspberries, sugar and water. With only 20 minutes of active time, who thought that sorbet could be that easy? Get our Raspberry Sorbet recipe.

Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that’s Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.
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