50+ Easy College Recipes You Will LOVE!

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.)

50+ Easy Recipes For College Students (or anyone on the go!)

Easy Recipes for College Students

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.

Also, I just created another great round-up of simple one-dish meals that are perfect for college students. Click on the image below to check it out!

25+ easy one dish meals for college students (and anyone else who wants an easy meal!) So yummy!

or if you have a sweet-tooth, you might be interested in these delicious single serve dessert recipes!


Also, here are a few recommended college recipe books (and if you sign up for Amazon Student – you can get a free trial to test it out – you can get most of these shipped for free!)


Here are six 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!):

College Food Ideas


 Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Like Mother Like Daughter

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Individual Baked Pasta


One Pot Pizza Pasta Casserole by Clarks Condensed

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Easy BBQ Ranch Chicken Sandwich by Clarks Condensed


Tuna Casserole by Like Mother Like Daughter

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Beef and Broccoli Bowl by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks


Buffalo Macaroni Cheese by Chocolate Moosey

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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

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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

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 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

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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

Ready to eat. Yummy in your tummy good.!

 Rainbow Goulash by Granny’s Southern Cooking


Sweet and Crunchy Chicken Tenders by Home Cooking Memories


Teriyaki Kabobs by Modern Christian Housemaker

Tortellini Soup

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

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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

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 Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip by The Kitchen is My Playground

Sweet Treats


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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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

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  • These look delicious! Here are some of the breakfast ideas I've made so far since coming to college! http://bythesparklingsea.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/college-cooking-5-quick-and-healthy-breakfast-ideas/
    • Those are great! Thank you so much for sharing. I think having breakfast is one of the most important things you can do in college :)
  • I was just checking your blog to see what's new and I was recommended this haha :) I guess even your blog knows I don't cook anything too complex :D
    • Haha! So funny. PS, I really want to get together soon. I know I've been terrible about it, but it's been way too long!
  • I am currently a college student and thoroughly enjoyed your blog post! It is a constant battle deciding what to cook for dinner and with such a busy schedule I find myself eating out more times than not. Hopefully with your recipes, i can get back into the kitchen and enjoy a quick and tasty meal.
    • I'm so glad you found this list helpful! It's so hard in college to cook for yourself - especially when eating out is so much easier - but take it from me. It's much better to cook (and so much more satisfying!)