College students don’t have time for intricate meals – here are 50+ easy college recipes students will actually want to make – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert ideas!
College can be rough when it comes to eating.
I’ve heard countless stories of people who lived off of cream of wheat for weeks at a time, or hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.
Not exactly healthy, right?
I was fortunate enough to always have enough money for rent and food, and I loved to cook and bake, so I made it a priority to make good food (past roommates will say I was the reason they gained the infamous Freshman Fifteen).
However, I know that my situation isn’t always typical.
You may have super demanding classes, a job, and an intense social life that could prevent you from making a gourmet meal every day.
So, for all you busy college students (or anyone else on the go), here are 50+ easy recipes to have on hand.
I’ve gathered together some delicious main dishes, desserts, snacks, and more. And, if you make enough, most of these would be great to eat as leftovers!
If you love this collection, pin the main photo above, but if you’d like to save an individual recipe, go to the website it is from and pin it from there.
Although I share a great variety of recipes below…sometimes it can still feel really overwhelming to actually decide what to cook and what ingredients to get.
So if you are someone who just wants to be told what to do (or you are a parent of a college student like this), I first want to suggest the Six Sisters’ Menu Plan service.
This is something I personally use myself, and not only are the meals very budget-friendly, but they provide you with a grocery list each week.
I combine that with using Shipt Grocery Delivery, and I save a ton of money.
The meal plans are under $10 a month, and they have a traditional one, a gluten-free one, and a healthy one. The small meal plans would be perfect for any college student!
originally posted in 2015; updated in 2019.
Here are some AMAZING tools you can use in the microwave to make cooking even easier that every college student should have (some of these would work great with some of the college recipes below!):
- Ceramic Egg Cooker (great for mug cakes, too).
- Microwave Egg Cooker
- Micro-Cooker (I LOVE this for veggies)
- Microwave Popcorn Maker (my personal favorite!)
- Microwave Rice Maker
- Pasta Cooker
- Microwave Bacon Cooker
Helpful Kitchen Tools
Recipes for College Students
Main Dish Recipes
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Like Mother Like Daughter
One Pot Pizza Pasta Casserole by Clarks Condensed
Easy BBQ Ranch Chicken Sandwich by Clarks Condensed
Tuna Casserole by Like Mother Like Daughter
Beef and Broccoli Bowl by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Buffalo Macaroni Cheese by Chocolate Moosey
Buffalo Chicken Tacos by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
15 Minute Calzones by Wine & Glue
Skillet Enchiladas by Clarks Condensed
Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey
Chicken Teriyaki Pork Chops by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Lazy Poutine by Cook the Story
Skillet Lasagna by Clarks Condensed
Grilled Veggie Ciabatta by Farm Fresh Feasts
Baked Swai with Pesto and Ricotta by Farm Fresh Feasts
French Dip Sandwich by Snappy Gourmet
Spinach Artichoke Pesto Pasta by Farm Fresh Feasts
Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes by Blueberries and Blessings
Salsa Roast Burritos by Java Cupcake
Carne Picata Burritos by Blueberries and Blessings
Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches by Home Cooking Memories
Easy Stromboli by Modern Christian Homemaker
Veg Potato Goulash by Masala Herb
Healthier Santa Fe Pie by Shockingly Delicious
Easy Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna by Alida’s Kitchen
Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) by Chocolate Moosey
Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Homemade Microwave Lasagna by the Noble Pig
One Pot Pasta by Modern Christian Homemaker
Pasta Pizza Pie by Alida’s Kitchen
Peanut Udon Noodles by Oh My Veggies
Sweet and Crunchy Chicken Tenders by Home Cooking Memories
Teriyaki Kabobs by Modern Christian Housemaker
Tortellini Soup by Alida’s Kitchen
Appetizers and Side Dishes
Roasted Potatoes with Fennel Pollen by The Tomato Tart
Cheesy Pepperoni Dip by Noble Pig
Lemon Pasta Sauce by Masala Herb
Armadillo Potatoes by Modern Christian Homemaker
Plum Caprese by The Tomato Tart
Wedge Salad by Shockingly Delicious
Poor Man’s Burrito by Shockingly Delicious
Edamole by Cook the Story
Sauteed Beat Greens and Spring Onions by Farm Fresh Feasts
Breakfast and Snacks
Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Muffins by Simply Southern Baking
Cinnamon Roll Waffles by Modern Christian Homemaker
3 Ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites by The Kitchen is My Playground
Banana Buttermilk Muffins by Alida’s Kitchen
Coconut Sesame Granola by The Tomato Tart
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins by Slap Dash Mom
Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip by The Kitchen is My Playground
Easy Homemade Chocolates by Masala Herb
Fudgy Strawberry Brownies Nachos by Simply Southern Baking
Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake by Keep It Sweet Desserts
Pots de Chocolat by Cook the Story
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cookies by Wine & Glue
Chocolate Covered Cookie Butter Pretzels by Keep It Sweet Desserts
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie by The Kitchen is My Playground
Chewy No-Bake Thin Mint Bars by Keep It Sweet Desserts
Candy bar Stuffed Rice Krispies by Inside BruCrew Life
Butter Pecan Caramel Rice Krispies Treats by Simply Southern Baking
Brown Sugar Sticky Bun Popcorn by Simply Southern Baking
Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn by Inside BruCrew Life
Scotcheroos by Like Mother Like Daughter
No Bake Cheesecake by Like Mother Like Daughter
Other Mosts You May Enjoy:
- One Dish Recipes for College Students
- 25+ Single Serve Desserts
- The 30+ Best Instant Pot Recipes for College Students
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.