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Effortless Gourmet: Scrumptious Recipes Using Only 5 Ingredients or Fewer

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Finding homes for rent in Austin can be an exciting journey, and once you're settled into your new space, making it feel like home is key. One of the simplest ways to achieve this is by embracing the joys of cooking. However, the idea of cooking can be tiresome for some, especially when many recipes demand an array of ingredients and complicated steps. The last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed in your own kitchen. That's why we're here with solutions. With just five ingredients or fewer, you can create gourmet meals without the hassle. Don't let the beautiful kitchen in your apartment go to waste—start your culinary adventure with these effortless recipes. Tomato Soup Ingredients: Butter, Canned Tomatoes, Onion, Water or Broth. If you love a good soup, this four-ingredient tomato soup recipe will be your go-to. Melt four tablespoons of butter in a pot and then add half a large onion that's been chopped into wedges. Add a cup and a half of broth and a can of tomatoes into the pan. Simmer and then stir occasionally for 45 minutes. Once it's off the stove, let it cool before blending it all with a blender. Whether you use broth or water, the soup will be flavorful, and any type of canned tomatoes—crushed or whole—will work perfectly since it will be blended in the end anyway.

Aglio Olio

Ingredients: Spaghetti Pasta, Olive Oil, Garlic, Parsley, Red Pepper Flakes Aglio Olio is an Italian pasta dish widely popular for its simplicity. Since it requires only basic ingredients, you can whip this up in just a few minutes. First, cook the spaghetti according to its package instructions. While the water is boiling, chop the garlic into thin slices and the parsley finely. Once the pasta is cooked, heat olive oil in a pan and let the garlic and red pepper flakes simmer to release the flavor. After about two minutes, add the pasta and the parsley, and toss until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients: Rice or Noodles, Chicken Breasts, Frozen Stir-Fry Vegetables, Cooking Oil, Oyster Sauce The great thing about stir-fry is that you can substitute ingredients as you go. You can choose between rice or noodles for your carbs, and chicken breasts for your protein. As for the vegetables, you can buy bags of frozen stir-fry vegetables in the grocery. To cook, saute the cubed chicken breast in oil. Season with salt and pepper and then add the frozen stir-fry vegetables. Once the chicken and vegetables are cooked, add in the rice or noodles and the oyster sauce.


Ingredients: Ground Beef, White Onion, Can of Diced Tomatoes, Can of Beans, Chili PowderCooking chili sounds complicated but you can make it with only five ingredients! Cook a pound of ground beef in a pot until the meat turns brown. Set it aside and then use the greased pot for the chili. Add in the diced onion and saute until soft. Add in 2 cans of tomatoes, one can of beans, and two tablespoons of chili powder. Let the pot simmer for about ten minutes and you're done.

Chicken Tacos

Ingredients: Chicken Breasts, Taco Seasoning, Tortilla, Choice of ToppingsThis recipe uses a slow cooker but you can slow cook it in a heavy-bottomed pot if you don't have one. Season the chicken with salsa and taco seasoning and then place the chicken at the bottom of the slow cooker. Cook on high for about four hours and then shred the chicken after. Serve with tortilla and additional toppings if you want. This is one of the easiest recipes on this list but it does take a lot of time. So if you're going to cook this, make sure to allot hours for it!Even though these recipes require only five ingredients or less, the resulting dishes won't be bland as the ingredients blend harmoniously together. Take your pick above or maybe try them all—you might discover your soon-to-be favorite dish.

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