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Do you go kinda slack-jawed and googly-eyed when scrolling through photo after photo of beautiful tables of food on Instagram, or perhaps this site? Thinking to yourself: The ingredient list for those gorgeous spreads must be miiiiiles long, right?

The answer is not always, especially if you give yourself parameters, be it cost, time, or ingredient amount. I like to think of it as a challenge—find meals that only take 30 minutes to cook, go vegetarian, or, in this case, use only 5 ingredients per dish.

These delightfully summery, meant-to-be-served-outside meals employ the 5-ingredient rule across all dishes, and I’ve included short notes on why each recipe works, plus the order to prep so everything comes out at the right time.


Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart 

Serves 1 tart

large Meyer lemon, cut into 8 pieces

1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

stick butter

teaspoon vanilla


Your favorite tart shell.

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Put all ingredients (except tart shell) into a blender and whirl like crazy!
  3. Pour into tart shell.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until set, watching so that the top doesn’t burn.


Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale

Serves 2-3

1/2 pound linguine

cloves garlic, minced

slices, day old bread, cubed

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 bunch kale, chopped

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

  1. Boil pasta according to the package in salted pot.
  2. Process bread in a food processor until it’s about the consistency of coarse cornmeal.
  3. Heat ¼ c. oil in a frying pan and add the breadcrumbs. Once the breadcrumbs are slightly toasted and golden brown, add the garlic and continue to stir until well toasted.
  4. Add the kale to the frying pan with a little bit of the pasta water and sauté quickly.
  5. Toss the oil mixture with the drained pasta and add salt & pepper to taste. Add the rest of the oil as needed. Mix in parmesan and serve. stocks thousands of grocery items and delivers to your door sans scheduling. They have all your pantry and home needs covered, and offer two-day delivery, free shipping on orders over $35, and are membership fee-free. (All of this? Makes us giddy.) We’ve used to get basics like fresh vegetables**, spices and more—so see what’s on their (digital) shelves here, and use discount code Food52at checkout for 20% off your first 2 orders.

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