While it's true that recipes with a huge list of ingredients are often surprisingly simple to make, sometimes you don't want to take the risk. A dish with five ingredients or less is always a sure thing for simplicity.
Grab your ingredients (you'll only need one trip) and crack out one of these beauties for dinner tonight. They're so straightforward you'll swear your stopped time.
One quick word before we launch: we haven't included the holy trinity of oil, salt, pepper in our 'five'. We figure nothing good ever comes out of a kitchen without this trio as a base... fair enough?
Right now an esausta mamma is cooking up this pasta in her apartment by the Piazza di Spagna, knowing that despite it taking only 15 mins to pull together, everyone will love it and there will only be one pan to wash up at the end. Yep, it's that dish.
Every cook needs a good pumpkin soup recipe up their sleeve for busy, over-it kind of nights. It's simple to make and oh-so soothing to eat.
Crispy potatoes roasted with fresh lemon, spicy garlic, coriander and hot pepper flakes - this Lebanese dish serves up a flavour bomb.
Sure, if you made your own pastry you'd be well over the five-ingredient quota. Which is why you don't have to.
A classic lunchbox sanga with sweeter Japanese-style mayonnaise and thick slices of ham.
This is one of the most traditional dishes of the Lazio region. It’s so simple and requires just five ingredients. It was developed in that area due to the abundance of shepherds in the region who produce Cacio (Roman cheese). Mmm... cheese!
Remember when we mentioned that mamma in Italy? Well, this is the Argentinian version. Mamá, Plaza del Congreso, exhausta.
Baked and then triple-fried to make them beautifully crisp, these potato skins are loaded with all the good things.
If these little pies don't make you do a happy dance at the end of the day, we've failed. Four ingredients, 10 minutes of prep and bacon.
You can always rely on a chicken traybake to be fuss-free and this one is no exception. Big flavours like olives and lemon give you plenty of bang for your fiver.
From the hills of northeastern Turkey comes a recipe that will make blue cheese lovers swoon. It's basically fresh homemade noodles with butter and crumbled blue cheese (any soft blue will do). Don't mess with perfection, right?
We're cheating just a little bit here because this Chinese table pleaser uses two types of soy sauce (light and dark), which technically brings the ingredient count to six. But then, we figure most of us will end up using one or the other, so five it is!
Finish your meal with a Filipino leche flan-inspired dish that will take you five minutes to prepare. It's hard to believe this thing of beauty is constructed from only four ingredients, but that's the magic of sugar for you... and Adam Liaw.
You can practically taste the Italian grandmotherly love in these gluten-free almond biscuits. Be sure to share them with the passion any good nonna would.
This was a dish we created that made a premium product with simplicity of adding potato gems and greens. Perfect for the entire family. Simple and fast.
Havuc is a simple and rich Turkish dip made with shredded carrot, garlic toum and Greek yoghurt. Perfect served with warm pita bread.
Dhal is an essential during a family get together and is eaten with rice or roti, a true comfort dish that's also vegan-friendly.
Tofu is such a wonderful ingredient to use for its versatility. This is a cheat’s version of tau hu nuoc duong that is easy to make at home.
To keep the chips extra crisp, remember to pat the potato dry with paper towel prior to baking. Simple and quick to prepare, you’ll never revert to fried again!
Parisian chef Joël Robuchon created pommes purée in the early 1980s. In France, the puree is made with ratte potatoes, medium-starch fingerlings. Guillaume has dubbed it 'Paris Mash' because "when I first moved to Australia, my mum would send me copies of the tabloid magazine, 'Paris Match' so I would know what was going on in my home town," he says. "It morphed into a dish."
We've served this simple yet popular Mexican noodle soup with grated cheese, but you can add some freshly squeezed lime juice to it.
Taglierini pasta is a thinner version of tagliatelle.
This classic Italian pasta dish of fettuccine with Napoletana sauce is confirmation that the simple things in life are often the best (and even better if you know a few tricks!). In this recipe, Maurizio Esposito shaves his garlic into very thin discs using a mandolin slicer, prefers shallots to onions for their sweetness, mashes up the best-quality Italian tinned tomatoes with his hands, and tears the basil, adding it last so it stays fresh and green.