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8 Recipes for Uncomplicated Cooking

Maybe you like to cook but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Maybe you prefer eating at home to save money and/or to control the quality of ingredients. Or maybe you have last-minute weeknight dinner guests to feed. Whatever the reason, you should know that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.

The following 8 recipes for uncomplicated cooking are each wonderful, easy to cook and call for five or fewer (not counting salt and pepper) ingredients while taking very little effort to prepare. So if you are in need of some easy dishes, check out the simple yet delicious recipes linked below.

1. Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce

This popular recipe comes from cookbook author and Italian cooking guru Marcella Hazan. It uses only three ingredients: canned tomatoes, butter, and onion. It is delicious with pasta, meatballs, or any dish calling for tomato sauce. You’ll be amazed at the deep, rich flavor of this simple, easy to cook sauce.

Enjoy the recipe.

Marchella Hazan's tomato sauce is easy to make

2. Cream Cheese, Sausage, and Rotel Tomato Dip

Cream Cheese Sausage Rotel Dip is a crowd pleaser

Need a fast and easy appetizer? This three-ingredient dip is simple to prepare and makes a hearty dip suitable for game watching or tailgating.

Frying the sausage is the only real cooking required. Grab a bag of crunchy corn chips or pita chips and enjoy!

Enjoy the recipe.

3. Blood Orange Cosmos

If you’re looking for an impressive cocktail for a special weeknight dinner, look no further than Ina Garten’s Blood Orange Cosmos. We all know that the Barefoot Contessa entertains with style, and her cocktails are often dazzling to the eye and tasty to the palate.

The only challenge with this five-ingredient recipe may be finding the blood orange juice. But grocery stores with specialized, gourmet items should carry it. Blood oranges are in season from December to May, with peak season in March and April.

Enjoy the recipe.

Delicious blood orange cosmos drinks for a special weeknight dinner

4. Pineapple Angel Food Cake

Golden, fluffy pineapple angel food cake is one of our favorite 8 recipes for uncomplicated cooking

Create a quick but tasty dessert with only two ingredients: a box of white angel food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. This sweet and fluffy cake is baked in a tube or Bundt pan and can be served warm or cool. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can add whipped cream or readymade whipped topping if desired, but it’s perfectly good as is!

Enjoy the recipe.

5. Easy 4-Ingredient Egg Bake

Leave it to the Pioneer Woman to give us a great recipe for feeding a crowd. If you need a quick breakfast or brunch, this easy to cook egg dish would be perfect. It uses a thawed frozen puff pastry as its crust and then has eggs and cheese poured on top. You can embellish it with meat and veggies if desired.

Enjoy the recipe.

This delicious egg bake can be served for breakfast, lunch, or any weeknight dinner

6. Crock Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Glazed ham is one of 8 recipes for uncomplicated cooking

Bake your holiday ham in a slow cooker and free up your oven for other dishes. Using brown sugar, maple syrup, and pineapple juice, you make a glaze to cover the ham (a spiral cut ham is recommended) and cook it for three to four hours on low heat. Transfer to a platter, and you’ll have a beautiful main dish that feeds a crowd.

Enjoy the recipe.

7. Easy to Cook Baked Ziti

Pasta is often a go-to for quick and easy weeknight dinner meals. With this cheesy baked ziti, you melt a block of cream cheese with a jar of store-bought marinara sauce. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta, adding grated parmesan and other cheeses if desired to the top. Bake it, garnish with a bit of fresh basil and enjoy with a slice of crusty bread.

Enjoy the recipe.

Baked Ziti is an easy to cook weeknight dinner recipe

8. Weeknight Dinner Chili-Garlic Glazed Salmon

Broiled salmon with chili garlic glaze

Brought to you by Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast, this recipe uses low-sugar marmalade, low-sodium soy sauce, and bottled chili sauce to create a sumptuous glaze for the salmon filets. The glaze is brushed on top of the salmon, which is then put under the broiler. The mixture of sweet and salty flavors seeps into the fish, creating a healthy and delicious main course.

Enjoy the recipe.

Which Easy to Cook Recipe Will You Try?

We hope you’ll give these 8 recipes for uncomplicated cooking a try and discover for yourself that a weeknight dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious!

And if you are interested in healthy eating, be sure to read our post about Carolyn Williams’ new book, Meals that Heal!

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