Most college students aren’t destined to be the next Wolfgang Puck or Top Chef. However, knowing how to cook will get you a long way the next four years…and beyond. There will be plenty of days when the dining hall won’t be your destination of choice for food, so instead of spending money on eating out, have a repertoire of meals you can prepare for yourself with ease. These 10 college recipes are simple, manageable and absolutely delicious; perfect for every collegiate to have in their arsenal. Learn them before summer is over, then wow your friends (and family) this school year.
1. The Best Grilled Cheese
Because are there any college recipes easier (or more essential) than grilled cheese?
- Sliced bread (Peasant’s bread at Price Chopper is the BEST for grilled cheese)
- Seriously Sharp Cabot Cheddar
- Sliced Granny Smith apples or sliced heirloom tomatoes
- Unsalted butter
- Heat up a small frying pan with a slice or two of butter.
- Create your grilled cheese on a cutting board. Add 5-10 slices of cheddar, 4-6 slices of apple and/or tomatoes, and both pieces of bread.
- Once the butter is melted and pan is hot, carefully place assembled grilled cheese onto pan.
- Add a slice of butter on the top of sandwich.
- Cover with a plate (so the cheese melts).
- After one side is golden brown (2-4 minutes), flip grilled cheese.
- Cook for another 2-4 minutes until golden brown on the other side.
- Cut into halves or triangles, and enjoy!
*Dip in Campbell’s tomato soup for the full experience*
2. Roasted Broccoli
Because vegetables are necessary for every college student. Plus, these are delicious.
- 1 head of broccoli
- 3 cloves garlic
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Peel and finely chop the garlic on a cutting board.
- Heat up olive oil to coat a medium frying pan.
- Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces (leave ¾ inch of stems on).
- Add garlic into hot pan and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli and stir.
- Add ½ tsp. salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Stir occasionally over 10-15 minutes until broccoli is slightly browned.
3. Spaghetti & Meatballs
The perfect comfort meal…for those nights when your really missing home.
- 1 Box of your favorite pasta
- 1 Jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- 1.5 lbs of ground beef
- 4 cloves of garlic
- ½ onion
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c. breadcrumbs (plain or Italian style)
- Freshly ground pepper
- ½ tsp. salt
- Put a medium sized pot of water filled ¾ way on high to boil.
- Finely chop garlic and onion.
- Heat a medium sized frying pan with canola oil (just enough to coat pan).
- Add ground beef into a medium sized bowl and incorporate the chopped garlic and onion, egg, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper; and mix.
- Roll the mixture into 1-2 inch balls.
- Place meatballs in hot frying pan and cook the meatballs on all sides (2-4 minutes/side) until they aren’t pink.
- While the meatballs are cooking, add pasta to boiling water; cook for about 10 minutes.
- Combine sauce and meatballs in a saucepan until sauce is heated through.
- Drain cooked pasta.
- Serve the pasta with a healthy amount of sauce and meatballs on top (in addition to some parm).
You know…for pasta, sandwiches, chicken, to lick right off the spoon…
- 2 c. washed & dried fresh basil leaves
- ⅓ c. olive oil
- 2 Tbs. water
- ¼ c. chopped walnuts
- ¼ c. grated parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper
- 4 garlic gloves
- 1 Tbs. lemon juice
- Finely chop garlic.
- Roughly chop walnuts.
- Grate parmesan cheese.
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth (1 minute).
5. Cucumber Salad
The most refreshing salad to ever grace your palette.
- 1 Japanese cucumber (longer and skinnier than most cucumbers)
- 1 tomato
- ½ red onion
- Salt & pepper
- Italian or balsamic dressing
- Slice cucumbers (⅛ inch thick).
- Chop bite sized tomatoes.
- Finely chop red onion.
- Combine ingredients in bowl.
- Toss with a dash of salt & pepper.
- Pour with dressing when ready to serve.
6. Easy Mac & Cheese
The epitome of college recipes; and it can do no wrong.
- 1 Box of favorite pasta
- ½ c. whole milk
- 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (Vermont Cabot)
- Salt & pepper
- Boil water for pasta and cook pasta for 10-15 minutes.
- In a saucepan, melt whole milk and cheese with salt and pepper until creamy and smooth (5 minutes of constantly stirring on medium heat).
- Pour desired sauce over bowl of pasta.
7. Yogurt Parfait
For those on-the-go mornings.
- Plain Greek yogurt (Cabot)
- Any berries of your choice: (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
- Place 1-2 c. plain Greek yogurt in bowl.
- Carefully add desired fruit in bowl (don’t add too many).
- Sprinkle granola on top.
- Lightly drizzle bowl with honey.
8. Caprese Sandwich
Who knew such a simple lunch could be so darn delicious.
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- Fresh mozzarella (3 slices)
- 5 Basil leaves
- ½ tomato
- Balsamic dressing
- Ciabatta bread
- Slice mozzarella in ¼ inch slices.
- Slice tomato as thinly as possible.
- Assemble cheese, tomato, and basil on bread.
- Drizzle with balsamic dressing.
9. Avocado Toast
Do it for the Insta.
- 1 avocado
- 1 shallot
- Salt & pepper
- Toasted whole wheat toast
- Open avocado and place meat in a bowl.
- Finely chop the shallot and add to bowl.
- Slice lime in half and squeeze juice into bowl.
- Put bread in toaster.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Mash with fork, spoon, or masher until desired chunkiness.
- Generously spoon onto toasted bread.
10. Fruit Smoothie
Breakfast, post-workout snack, dessert, late-night-hunger-pain-killer; smoothies are perfect all day, every day.
- 1 c. frozen blueberries
- 1 banana
- ¼ c. plain yogurt
- ½ c. OJ
- ¾ c. milk (Almond, whole, 2%, or coconut)
- Combine all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Garnish with fresh fruit and mint leaves.
These college recipes have a lot of opportunity to improvise, so figure out what works best for your cooking skill, budget, and most importantly, your taste buds!