Take a look into your pantry and fridge, now pull out five items and make a meal. What should be a simple challenge to throw together an easy meal can sometimes be an overwhelming decision. Why is it that we feel this need to include a million ingredients to make dinner or even breakfast? Certainly some recipes need more than others but for example all a roast chicken needs to make it shine is lemon, an herb, some butter, salt and pepper. Two of those ingredients don’t even count! Good thing #SundaySupper challenged us all to make meals utilizing 5 ingredients or less with salt, pepper and oil as freebies – because let’s be honest any meal would be bland without those.
I am most certainly guilty of pulling everything out of my pantry or fridge to make dinner but I blame it on my need to make everything from scratch.
However the one thing I really took away from our trip to Italy was that a good meal doesn’t need a lot of stuff. Take the dish cacio e pepe, all you need is some spaghetti, cheese, pepper and starchy water from the pasta to make a flavorful, creamy, peppery meal. The marina sauces aren’t loaded down with garlic and onions, it’s just about the tomatoes in Italy.
When you use the best and freshest ingredients, you don’t need a million things to cover it up.
Take this tuna, burrata and black olive salad, I ordered it by accident while out to lunch. I saw burrata and black olives and didn’t care so much about the third ingredient listed.
Burrata – if you are unfamiliar – is a glorious, creamy, fresh cheese made from the scraps of mozzarella di bufala. The curds are pulled together to form a pouch, which is then filled with cream and stringy bits of curd. It has a slight sour taste from the buffalo milk used to make it but that rich creamy center is divine.
Back to the salad, what arrived was tender leaves of lettuce with our burrata, black olives and tuna! Of course I dug in and loved every bite. I was never one to pair tuna with cheese but this combination just works. The oil packed canned tuna that was used brought so much flavor to such a simple salad that I couldn’t wait to come home and make it again.
- 1 small head, butter or red leaf lettuce
- 1 5oz can oil packed tuna
- 1 small ball burrata cheese
- 1 can jumbo pitted ripe (black) olives (I prefer the Italian brand Cento)
- extra virgin olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- Tear the lettuce leaves and divide it between two salad bowls.
- Drain the tuna slightly, with a fork flake it and divide between the two bowls.
- Tear the burrata over the bowls into small pieces and top with black olives (you will use about half the can, save the rest for another use).
- Drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Serve immediately with some crusty bread on the side.
Let’s take a look at more meals using 5 ingredients or less from #SundaySupper contributors.
Appetizers, Salads and Starters
- Chicken and Spring Greens Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Salmon and Cucumber “Noodle” Salad from girlichef
- Yogurt Dill Vegetable Dip from Melanie Makes
- Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Summer Salad from My Healthy Eating Habits
- Fennel Citrus Salad from An Appealing Plan
- Kale-Had-a-Hard-Day Salad from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Guacamole Deviled Eggs from Ruffles and Truffles
- Tomato Soup from Run DMT
- Wasabi Cream Cheese Ham Salad from Neighborfood
- Latkes with Smoked Salmon and Caviar from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Side and Accompaniments
- Candied Apple Jelly from What Smells So Good?
- Homemade Ricotta from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Indian-style Roasted Cauliflower from kimchi MOM
- 3-Ingredient Beer Bread from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Grilled Steak with Garlic Cumin Rub from Cooking Chat
- Smoked Turkey Panini with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil Pesto from La Bella Vita
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from Nosh My Way
- Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken from Flour On My Face
- Lemon Basil Carbonara from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Garlic Butter Shrimp from Savvy Eats
- Easy Beef Stroganoff from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Smothered Pork Chop Cups from Having Fun Saving
- Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas from Supper for a Steal
- Chicken with Olives from Noshing With The Nolands
- Salmon with Tiger Dill Sauce from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Greek Chicken Burgers from Country Girl In The Village
- Potato Pancakes (Reibekuchen) from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Crock Pot Beer Chicken from Our Table for Seven
- Chorizo and Potato Frittata from Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Chicken and Potato Bake with Meyer Lemons from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Chicken Asparagus Roll-ups from The Dinner-Mom
- Spaghetti Squash with Simple Red Sauce from Momma’s Meals
- Tropical Salsa Chicken from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Strawberry Red Wine Glazed Salmon from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Baked Asparagus and Eggs from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Grilled Caprese Salad Sandwich from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Beef Short Rib Bourguignon from Food Lust People Love
- Beans and Egg Sandwich from Basic N Delicious
- Honey Almond Salmon from Family Foodie
- BBQ Foiled Chicken from Meal Diva
Dessert and Beverages
- Flourless Chocolate Cake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- 4-Ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Sweets from Shockingly Delicious
- Vanilla Bean Honey Ice Cream from The Foodie Army Wife
- Coconut Crusted Chocolate Ganache Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- 3-Ingredient Nutella Truffles from URBAN BAKES
- Chocolate & Peanut Butter Squares from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Nutella Ferrero Cupcakes from Brunch with Joy
- 5-Minute Strawberry Sherbet from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Best Ever Coconut Macaroons from Hip Foodie Mom
- Chocolate Orange Ice Cream from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Orchid Panna Cotta from Manu’s Menu
- Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge from Alida’s Kitchen
- Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats from Pies and Plots
- Vanilla Pudding from Magnolia Days
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bites from The Weekend Gourmet
- Coconut Cream Mango Mousse from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Peanut Butter Buckeyes from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cherry Chip Cookies from Ninja Baking
- Raspberry Pina Colada Ice Cream from Try Anything Once Culinary
- Avocado Milkshakes from The Texan New Yorker
- The Ginger Sass Cocktail from Nik Snacks
- Baked Custard Cups from Soni’s Food
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