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5-ingredient recipes

Low on effort but big on taste, these easy, midweek recipes are the perfect answer to one of life’s big questions: what’s for dinner tonight? All of them need just a handful of ingredients and are so simple to put together.

  1. Chicken satay skewers

    Preheat the grill on high. Soak 4 wooden skewers in a bowl of warm water. Toss the chicken in the Tesco satay dipping sauce until evenly coated. Thread the Tesco British diced chicken breast onto the wooden skewers and place on a non-stick baking tray. Dab on any excess sauce, drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and grill for 15-20 mins, turning occasionally, until cooked throughout and lightly charred. If the wooden skewers start to burn cover them with foil. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok or large frying pan over a medium-high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, carefully add the 2 x 320g packs Tesco vegetable stir fry pac and cook for 2 mins before adding the 2 x 300g packs Tesco fresh egg noodles. Cook for 5-6 mins, tossing occasionally, until piping hot. Season to taste with a pinch of salt. Divide the stir fry between 4 plates, top with a skewer each and serve with a wedge of lime.

    Serves 4
    30 mins to make

    Ingredients:
    400g Tesco British diced chicken breast  
    180g Tesco satay dipping sauce  
    2 x 320g packs Tesco vegetable stir fry pack  
    2 x 300g packs Tesco fresh egg noodles  
    1 lime, cut into wedges

  2. Asian fish parcels

    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Lay 4 large squares of foil on a work surface and top with 4 squares of baking paper. Divide a 320g pack Edamame & Vegetable Stir Fry Mix (or Edamame & Tenderstem Stir Fry) between them. Add 2 Pak Choi, leaves separated and halved lengthways, and sprinkle each parcel with 1 tbsp water. Top with 4 frozen Hake Fillets and drizzle 1 tbsp Tesco Finest Soy, Chilli & Ginger Dressing over each. Wrap up into parcels and transfer to a baking tray. Bake for 25-30 mins until the fish is cooked through. Meanwhile, heat 2 packs of microwaveable Wholegrain Rice to pack instructions. Open the parcels and drizzle 1 tbsp dressing over each. Serve with the rice.

    Serves 4
    35 mins to make

    Ingredients:
    320g pack edamame & vegetable stir fry mix 
    2 pak choi 
    4 frozen hake fillets 
    1 tbsp Tesco Finest soy, chilli & ginger dressing 
    2 packs of microwaveable wholegrain rice

  3. One-pan orzo and prawns

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add 300g Tesco Finest orzo and fry for 1 min until lightly toasted. Add 400g tin Tesco Italian chopped tomatoes, a pinch of salt and 500ml boiling water. Stir to combine, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 12-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente with a slight bite to it. Add a splash more boiling water if needed. Meanwhile roughly chop one 220g pack Tesco stir fry vegetable medley. Mix in 165g pack Tesco Finest raw jumbo king prawns and the stir fry vegetables to the orzo, reserving the spring onion, and cook for a further 2 mins until the prawns are bright pink and cooked throughout. Season, then top with the spring onion and 50g crumbled feta to serve.

    Serves 4
    25 mins to make

    Ingredients:
    300g Tesco Finest orzo
    400g tin Tesco Italian chopped tomatoes
    220g pack Tesco stir fry vegetable medley
    165g pack Tesco Finest raw jumbo king prawns
    50g crumbled feta

  4. Ratatouille lasagne

    Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Toss 2 x 475g packs Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables with 1 tbsp olive oil each, then roast for 25 mins. Reduce the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C and lightly oil a baking dish (23 x 32cm). Lay 2 fresh Lasagne Sheets on the bottom. Top with 1⁄3 x 500g jar Tomato & Basil Sauce, ½ the roasted veg and ½ x drained 390g tin Green Lentils in water. Sprinkle with 25g Grated Mozzarella. Repeat the layers, then top with the remaining lasagne sheets and sauce and 50g cheese. Cover with foil; bake for 20 mins. Remove the foil; bake for another 10-15 mins until the pasta is cooked and the sauce is bubbling.

    Serves: 6
    55 mins to make

    Ingredients:
    2 x 475g packs Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables
    Fresh Lasagne Sheets
    500g jar Tomato & Basil Sauce
    390g tin Green Lentils in water
    25g Grated Mozzarella

  5. BBQ sharing platter

    Cook 2 x 340g packs Sticky BBQ Mini Ribs to pack instructions. After 10 mins of cooking, preheat a griddle pan until hot (alternatively, use a barbecue). Brush 4 Sweetcorn Cobettes with olive oil and griddle for 12-15 mins, turning, until cooked and slightly charred; transfer to a platter. Put the potato salad and coleslaw from a 400g pack Tesco Finest Coleslaw and Baby Potato Salad into separate small bowls. Toss a 500g pack Party Salad with 3 tbsp Reduced Fat French Dressing in a large bowl. Transfer the ribs to the platter, spoon over any sauce and serve with the corn, slaw and salads.

    Serves 4
    30 mins to make

    Ingredients

    2 x 340g packs Sticky BBQ Mini Ribs
    4 Sweetcorn Cobettes
    400g pack Tesco Finest Coleslaw and Baby Potato Salad
    500g pack Party Salad
    3 tbsp Reduced Fat French Dressing

  6. Spinach & ricotta pasta with sage brown butter

    Melt the Lurpak Slightly Salted Butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the Sage leaves and fry for 4-5 minutes until the sage is crisp and the butter has turned a nut-brown colour. Meanwhile, divide the Tesco Finest green princess peashoots and baby chard salad between 2 plates and cook the Tesco Finest spinach, buffalo ricotta and pine nuts girasolito pack instructions. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pasta to the plates, then spoon over the brown butter and sage leaves. Finish with grated Pecorino to serve.

    Serves 4
    15 minutes to make

    Ingredients:
    250g pack Lurpak slightly salted block butter
    20 sage leaves
    2 x 70g pack Tesco Finest green princess peashoots and baby chard salad
    2 x 250g pack Tesco Finest spinach, buffalo ricotta and pine nuts girasoli
    8 tsp grated pecorino

  7. Vegan chargrilled veg risotto

    Put 900ml water in a saucepan with 1 vegetable stock pot. Bring to the boil, then keep on a very low simmer. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a separate saucepan over a medium heat. Add 300g Carnaroli Risotto Rice and cook for 1 min, stirring. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves and cook for 1 min, stirring. Add 1 ladleful of the hot stock, stirring until fully absorbed by the rice. Repeat for 18-20 mins to use the rest of the stock, or until the rice is tender but still has some bite. Stir in 350g frozen Mediterranean vegetables halfway through. Remove from the heat and stir in 25g Free From Coconut Oil Alternative To Italian Hard Cheese. Season to taste and divide between 4 shallow bowls. Garnish with extra cheese, if you like.

    Serves: 4
    25 mins to make

    Ingredients:

    1 vegetable stock pot
    300g Carnaroli Risotto Rice
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    350g Frozen Mediterranean Vegetables
    25g Free From Coconut Oil Alternative To Italian Hard Cheese

  8. Baked falafel in spicy tomato sauce

    Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put a 400g pack Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables in a roasting tin; roast for 10 mins. Reduce the temperature to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Stir a 500g jar Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce and 100ml water into the veg and top with 12 Vegetarian Sweet Potato Falafel. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil; bake for 15 mins or until the sauce has thickened. Meanwhile, prepare 2 x 110g packs Lemon & Coriander Couscous to pack instructions. Divide between 4 shallow bowls, top with the falafel and veg and scatter with 15g chopped Flat Leaf Parsley.

    Serves 4
    25 mins to make

    Ingredients

    400g pack Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables
    500g jar Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce
    12 Vegetarian Sweet Potato Falafel
    2 x 110g packs Lemon & Coriander Couscous
    15g chopped Flat Leaf Parsley

  9. Piri-piri chicken pot pie

    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Drain a 285g jar Roasted Peppers Antipasti, reserving the oil. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large pan over a high heat, add a 500g pack frozen Butternut Squash Chunks and cook for 6-8 mins until softened and starting to turn golden. Remove and set aside. Wipe the pan clean; add 1 tbsp of the reserved oil and 350g Diced Chicken Breast. Cook over a medium heat for 5-7 mins until pale golden and just cooked through. Add the peppers, squash and a 500g jar Spanish Inspired Chicken Cooking Sauce. Reduce the heat to low- medium, simmer for 2 mins, then spoon into a 1.5ltr pie dish. Lightly brush 3 wraps from a pack of Mixed Herb Tortilla Wraps  with more of the oil, then cut into 3cm strips. Scrunch together, place on top of the pie filling and bake for 15-20 mins until golden.

    Tip:To make it vegetarian, swap the chicken for a 400g tin of chickpeas. Add to the pan with the peppers and squash

    Serves 4
    30 mins to make

    Ingredients

    285g jar Roasted Peppers Antipasti
    500g pack frozen Butternut Squash Chunks
    350g Diced Chicken Breast
    500g jar Spanish Inspired Chicken Cooking Sauce
    8 Mixed Herb Tortilla Wraps

  10. Smoky pork pittas

    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put a 400g pack frozen Sliced Chargrilled Aubergine and a 150g pack Sliced Peppers on a baking tray. Drizzle with ½ tbsp olive oil, season and roast for 25 mins, tossing halfway. Warm 4 Wholemeal Pittas in the oven for the last 5 mins. Meanwhile, fry a 270g pack Pork Loin Steaks in 1 tbsp olive oil over a medium-high heat for 4-5 mins each side until cooked through. Set aside to rest for 2 mins, then slice into strips. Divide a 145g pack Spiced Chickpeas & Houmous between the pittas, then add the pork and roasted veg.

    Serves 2
    30 mins to make

    Ingredients

    400g pack frozen Sliced Chargrilled Aubergine
    150g pack Sliced Peppers
    4 Wholemeal Pittas
    270g pack Pork Loin Steaks
    145g pack Spiced Chickpeas Houmous

  11. Super-speedy prawn risotto

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a lidded saucepan over a medium-high heat and add 100g Diced Onion; cook for 5 mins. Add 2 x 250g packs Wholegrain Rice & Quinoa and 175ml hot vegetable stock (or water), along with 200g frozen Garden Peas. Gently break up with rice with a wooden spoon. Cover and cook for 3 mins, stirring occasionally, then add 2 x 150g packs Cooked and Peeled King Prawns. Cook for 1-2 mins until the prawns, rice and peas are piping hot and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat. Chop ½ x 85g bag Watercress and stir through; season to taste. Top with watercress leaves and black pepper to serve.

    Serves: 4
    15 mins to make

    Ingredients:

    100g Diced Onion
    2 x 250g packs Wholegrain Rice & Quinoa
    200g frozen Garden Peas
    2 x 150g packs Cooked and Peeled King Prawns
    ½ 85g bag Watercress

  12. Spiced mackerel fishcakes with noodle salad

    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Flake 2 x 200g packs Thai-Inspired Smoked Mackerel Stripsinto a large bowl, discarding the skin. Microwave a 425g pack Maris Piper Mashed Potatoes to pack instructions. Add the mash to the mackerel with 50g Natural Breadcrumbs; stir to combine. Shape into 8 cakes, 2cm thick, then use 60g breadcrumbs to coat. Brush with olive oil, transfer to a lined baking tray and bake for 25-30 mins, turning halfway. Heat 1½ tbsp oil in a frying pan; add 2 x 300g packs Rice Noodles. Fry for 3 mins, then add 2 x 200g packs Tesco Finest Aromatic Edamame and Pea Salad and half the dressing. Cook for 1 min, then serve topped with the fishcakes and the remaining dressing.

    Serves 4
    45 mins to make

    Ingredients

    2 x 200g packs Thai-Inspired Smoked Mackerel Strips
    425g pack Maris Piper Mashed Potatoes
    50g Natural Breadcrumbs
    2 x 300g packs Rice Noodles
    2 x 200g packs Tesco Finest Aromatic Edamame and Pea Salad

  13. Crispy duck salad

    Cook a 530g pack Duck Legs with Hoisin Sauce to pack instructions, reserving the hoisin sauce. Brush about 1 tbsp hoisin over the duck for the last 5 mins. Heat 2 x 300g packs Rice Noodles to pack instructions then transfer to a large bowl. Separate the leaves of 2 Little Gem Lettuces, tearing any larger ones, and toss with the noodles. Drain a 298g tin Mandarin Segments In Juice, reserving 2 tbsp juice, and add the fruit to the noodles. Whisk the juice with the remaining hoisin, the juice of 2 Limes and 1 tbsp olive oil shred the duck and add to the noodles; toss with half the dressing to coat. Serve with the rest of the dressing alongside, and lime wedges to squeeze over.

    Serves: 4
    30 mins to make

    Ingredients

    530g pack Duck Legs with Hoisin Sauce
    2 x 300g packs Rice Noodles
    2 Little Gem Lettuces
    298g tins Mandarin Segments In Juice
    2 Limes

  14. Spicy chicken traybake

    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put 500g frozen Spicy Potato Wedges and a 280g pack Chef's Medley vegetables on a large baking tray. Toss a 600g pack Skinless and Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets with 2 tbsp Harissa Paste and nestle in between the vegetables. Drizzle everything with ½ tbsp olive oil and season lightly. Bake for 45 mins, tossing once halfway through. Stir through a 130g pack Baby Spinach to wilt slightly, then serve.

    Serves: 6
    45 mins to make

    Ingredients

    500g frozen Spicy Potato Wedges
    280g pack Chef's Medley vegetables
    600g pack Skinless and Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets
    2 tbsp Harissa Paste
    130g pack Baby Spinach

  15. Sweet potato and cannellini pot pie

    Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put a 600g pack frozen Sweet Potato Chunks,x 350g pack Cabbage & Broccoli Medley and a drained 400g tin Cannellini Beans in a large pie dish (26cm long x 5cm deep). Pour over a 600g pot Butternut Squash Soup; mix well. Unroll a 375g pack Ready Rolled Lighter Puff Pastry and drape over the veg, pressing it onto the sides of the dish. Trim the excess pastry and slash the top with a knife; bake for 45 mins until the pastry is golden. Cook the remaining cabbage and broccoli to pack instructions and serve with the pie.

    Serves: 6
    45 mins to make

    Ingredients

    600g pack frozen Sweet Potato Chunks
    ½x 350g pack Cabbage & Broccoli Medley
    400g tin Cannellini Beans
    600g pot Butternut Squash Soup
    375g pack Ready Rolled Lighter Puff Pastry

  16. Cheat's prawn katsu curry recipe

    Cook a 200g pack Breaded Wholetail Scampi to pack instructions. Meanwhile, simmer ½ 90g jar Katsu Curry Paste with 35ml water in a small pan for 1 min. Set aside and keep warm. Heat a 250g pack Jasmine Rice(or cook 120g dried jasmine rice) to pack instructions and shred a 150g pack Mangetout; divide between 2 bowls. Top each with the scampi, katsu sauce and 3 tbsp Pickled Red Cabbage.

    Serves: 2
    15 mins to make

    Ingredients

    200g pack Breaded Wholetail Scampi
    ½ Katsu Curry Paste
    250g pack Jasmine Rice
    150g pack Mangetout
    3 tbsp Pickled Red Cabbage