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5-Ingredient Dinners that Everyone LOVES

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You know those nights when it seems like there’s nothing in the fridge? You just need a few of these recipes in your arsenal. Not only do they use 5 ingredients or less (not counting salt and pepper), they’ve all gotten rave reviews from our users. Try one today and see what all the fuss is about…you probably have the ingredients on hand already!

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    Roasted Shrimp with Rosemary and Thyme

    This hands-off dish delivers amazing flavor for very little effort; Roasted in an herb-infused oil, the shrimp turn golden-pink, tender and fragrant in just 10 minutes. If you like, substitute different herb combinations for the rosemary and thyme—try tarragon and chives or lemon verbena and parsley.

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    Spaghetti with Garlic and Spinach

    Says one reviewer: "I love when something so simple has so much flavor." Don't pass this one up.
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    Roast Chicken Breasts with Rosemary-Lemon Brown Butter

    Utterly simple to prepare and impossible to resist, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Serve with brown rice and green beans or asparagus, all of which would benefit from the nutty-lemony flavor of the sauce.

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    Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions

    Cooking onions in balsamic vinegar is a shortcut of sorts, helping them develop a deep, caramelized flavor that usually takes lots of time. It also offers a tangy counterpoint to the sweetness.
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    Brazilian Skirt Steak with Golden Garlic Butter

    Based on a dish you’ll find in many Rio de Janeiro restaurants, this recipe uses few ingredients but packs a lot of bold flavor. If your garlic has a green sprout growing in the center (the "germ"), be sure to remove it, because it will impart a bitter flavor to the final dish.

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    Classic Pasta Carbonara

    The original 5-ingredient dinner, the creamy sauce on this pasta is nothing more than olive oil, pancetta, eggs, and Parmigiano. Because there are so few ingredients, it’s important that they be high quality.
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    Maple-Rosemary Salmon Skewers

    OK, we're cheating a bit on this one, as it has a couple extra ingredients, but they're such basic pantry staples--soy sauce, Dijon, maple syrup--that you won't know the difference. They combine to make an irresistible sweet and tangy sauce for salmon.
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    French Onion Roast Chicken

    Few dishes are as simple to make as this one—juicy roast chicken with a caramelized onion relish made right in the roasting pan. The wonderful flavor is reminiscent of French onion soup. Serve with good crusty bread. 

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