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When you're short on time and inspiration and the cupboard is looking bare, we've got just the thing: check out these simple and delicious recipes that use a maximum of 5 ingredients.
1 ingredient: banana + blender = banana ice cream
Not only is this recipe super-easy, it's also unbelievably satisfying to make. You blend and blend and blend, and then suddenly, magic! You've got homemade, delicious banana ice cream.
2 ingredients: Nutella + eggs = chocolate cake
The secret here is whipping the eggs. The recipe is a bit technical but totally delicious. Especially if you need to produce a stellar dessert from an almost empty cupboard.
2 ingredients: banana + flax seeds = crackers
With just two ingredients these crackers are so simple, and they make a perfect snack. Get the recipe here.
3 ingredients: milk + pasta shells + cheddar = mac 'n' cheese
Well this is fun. You cook the pasta in the milk. It takes about 20 minutes then you add the cheese and you're away. Get the recipe here and see what you think.
3 ingredients: tomatoes + onion + butter = perfect pasta sauce
3 ingredients: banana + oats + raisins = cookies
If you regularly forget about your bananas, this is a great recipe. The older the bananas are, the better. Mash them together with the oats and raisins, bake, and then eat them warm from the oven. Perfect.
4 ingredients: tomatoes + beans + leeks + kale = hearty Tuscan bean soup
This warming winter treat is the ideal thing when you need a hug in a bowl. A simple, hearty recipe that will simmer away until it's full of flavour.
4 ingredients: noodles + mushrooms + green onions + egg = ramen bowl
This cheap and cheerful meal will soothe you after a long day. A trusty packet of ramen noodles gives you the base to make an amazing meal. Get the recipe here.
4 ingredients beef + beans + tomatoes + chilli powder = chilli con carne
An easy chilli con carne recipe that's full of flavour. No one will guess it's only four ingredients.
5 ingredients: chickpeas + spinach + garlic + cumin = chickpea stir-fry
A recreation of a fun tapas dish. Eat all in one go by itself, or with crusty bread. Get the recipe here.
5 ingredients: lasagne + tomato soup + lentils + pesto + cheese = vegetarian lasagne
A lasagne recipe that only takes 10 minutes to prepare sounds like the perfect emergency dish.
5 ingredients: chicken stock + chicken + beans + salsa verde + cumin = chicken chilli
A real shortcut recipe when you're short on time and ingredients. A great winter meal that goes from nowhere to on the table in 15 minutes. Get the recipe here.