Easy Recipes and Essential Cookware for College Students
College is a time for learning, trying new things…and cooking dinner without Mom's helping hand. For the majority of students who aren't enrolled in a culinary program, college may also be their first time experimenting in the kitchen. College students know that dining hall food can get a bit monotonous, so why not try cooking these easy recipes in your dorm room or off-campus apartment? We're also sharing inexpensive but essential pieces of cookware and bakeware that will get you through the next two or four years of your education.
Start with one of our most popular recipes: One-Pan Pasta. You only need a handful of easily accessible ingredients (tomatoes, garlic, basil) and the entire dish cooks in one large pot, which makes for quick clean-up. Another one-pot staple is Perfect White Rice, which is one of the most versatile side dishes you can eat. Plus, it lasts for three to four days of delicious leftovers.
Of course, college students need a bit of sugar to keep them going throughout the day, and nothing satisfies quite like a classic chocolate chip cookie. Our recipe is the perfect combination of soft and chewy. We have a feeling you'll make plenty of friends on your hall if you bake a batch of these cookies. And when finals come around, every student needs plenty of caffeine to help them stay awake and alert. Save money by making homemade cold brew coffee in your dorm room using a mason jar or pitcher.
Wow your parents and friends by making these easy and delicious recipes that will satisfy you through the best four years of your lives.
When you're pressed for time—and space—make this one-pot pasta. Spaghetti cooks with inexpensive, flavorful ingredients including cherry tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil for an easy dorm room dinner.
Stainless Steel Pot
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Perfect White Rice
Crispy Baked Chicken Flautas
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are one of the most versatile things you can cook. They're a simple, protein-packed breakfast, a healthy salad topping, or an easy snack on-the-go.
Stainless Steel Saucepan
Test Kitchen's Favorite Grilled Cheese
Cast Iron Skillet
Japanese Fried Rice
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes
Order up! Flip pancakes, crisp up bacon strips, and fry eggs on this griddle designed for small spaces.
Shop Now: Presto Liddle Griddle, $34.99, walmart.com.
Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas
Guacamole Without Tomatoes
Granola with Dark Chocolate, Olive-Oil, and Maple
It's no secret that college kids are busy. You need meals that will be healthy, nourishing, and keep you energized for hours on end. That's where this homemade granola fits in—it's packed with pecans, roasted cashews, coconut, pepitas, and bittersweet chocolate chunks.
Not only does this set include every size mixing bowl a college student could possibly need, but the varied hues of bright blue will help to distinguish them from others in a communal kitchen.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Melamine Food Storage Bowl Set, $29.99, macys.com.
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
No-Cook Overnight Oats
Next time you oversleep, you'll be grateful that you prepared this healthy breakfast in advance. Combine oats, milk, cinnamon, and salt in a jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with fresh fruit, nuts, and more spices to get your day started.
Chicken-Teriyaki Noodle Bowls
Sick of dining hall food? These noodle bowls will feel like an extra-special dinner—but they're so easy to prepare. Thick udon noodles are topped with eggplant, edamame, and grilled chicken that has marinated in a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar.
Most college students don't have access to an outdoor grill, but this grill pan designed by our founder will certainly do the trick. Grill chicken for our teriyaki noodle bowls or prepare burgers and hot dogs for a fall tailgate.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection, Enameled Cast Iron 11" Grill Pan, $54.99, macys.com.
What college kid doesn't love digging into a pile of crunchy, cheesy nachos? Our recipe calls for all the fixings—refried beans, two kinds of shredded cheese, pickled jalapeño chiles, sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream.
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
For beginner chefs, start with this light and bright vegetarian pasta recipe. Penne pasta is served with thinly sliced broccoli, garlic, olive oil, lemon, and Parmesan cheese.
There's no need to invest in pricy colanders. This duo will take care of all your draining needs and will prevent even the smallest ingredients (think quinoa and rice) from falling through the cracks.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Mesh Colanders, $19.99 for a set of two, macys.com.
This egg- and tomato-based dish is usually made in one big skillet, but serving it in individual ramekins is even better for college students strapped for space.
Wow your roommate by making them a homemade birthday cake or pan of brownies for a special occasion. The nonstick design makes it this pan easy to clean.
Shop Now: Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick 9" Square Cake Pan, $10.99, macys.com.
Crispy Chicken Nuggets
The chicken tenders in your college cafeteria might be convenient, but we think it's time you try making them yourself (it's a lot easier than you'd expect and so much more delicious).
Slow Scrambled Eggs
Functional and useful, this set of spatulas comes in four sizes. The smallest can help scoop out the contents of jarred soups and sauces and the largest is great for gently folding muffin and cake batter.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Four Piece Pro Multi-Functional Spatula Set, $25.99, macys.com.