Hungry for an Easy Meal? Try These 3-Ingredient Dinners from Aldi

These 10 ideas will make cooking simpler than ever.

To say that Aldi has a cult-like following is perhaps an understatement. From their sneak-peek Instagram accounts to tip-sharing Reddit pages, fans of the German grocery store chain can't seem to get enough.

There is perhaps no greater example of this fandom than the ALDI Aisle of Shame Facebook group. This collection of over 800,000 members shares tips for using products, reviews of new items, and sometime just funny images from their latest run to their local Aldi.

So when user Lo Moore asked the group, "You can only buy THREE Aldi items to make a meal. What are you buying?" we knew to sit up and take notice. Read below on the must-have Aldi products for making super simple dinners:

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1. Chicken Curry

  • Journey to India Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
  • Chicken breasts
  • Rice

Simmer chopped chicken breasts in this thick and creamy tikka masala sauce for an incredibly easy curry. Serve over rice — use instant to save time or brown rice for more whole grains — to make a complete meal. The Journey to India Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce is an Aldi Find, meaning it's only available certain times of the year, so stock up when you see it.

2. Fish Tacos

  • Fremont Fish Market Crunchy Fish Fillets
  • Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit
  • Tortillas

It's hard to beat crunchy and fresh fish tacos as a quick and easy way to change up your dinner game. Crisp up fish fillets in the oven while you toss together the Southwest Chopped Salad kit, then layer it all on tortillas (flour or corn, your choice) for serving.

3. Tuna Noodles

  • Cheese Club Shells and Cheese
  • Northern Catch Chunk Light Tuna
  • Frozen Peas

When the day calls for comfort food, turn to this easy trio. Cook a box of creamy shells and cheese, then toss in a drained can of tuna and thawed frozen peas to make it a complete meal. If you're wanting a more casserole-esque dish, sprinkle a little extra cheese on top and stick it in the oven until bubbly.

4. Haluski

  • Reggano Wide Egg Noodles
  • Bacon
  • Cabbage

It doesn't get much simpler or tastier than this beloved noodle dish. Chop up bacon and fry until crispy, adding shredded cabbage to the fat and cooking down until soft and fragrant. Pour this duo over cooked egg noodles and you've got a classic haluski on your hands.

5. Pesto Mini Pizzas

  • Specially Selected Garlic Naan Bread
  • Priano Genovese Pesto
  • Shredded mozzarella

There's no need for takeout pizza when you've got this trio of ingredients! Layer garlicky naan bread with jarred pesto and shredded cheese, then bake until golden brown and crispy. You can also use the Specially Selected Original Naan Bread instead if you want to avoid a garlic overload.

6. Sausage Skillet

  • Parkview Beef Smoked Sausage
  • Potatoes
  • Bell peppers

This stick-to-your-ribs dinner is sure to have you coming back for a second helping. Sauté cubed potatoes and sliced bell peppers with smoky sausage for a flavorful meal. If you're low on time, pre-bake or boil the potatoes to make sautéing them faster.

7. Crab Rolls

  • Fremont Fish Market Imitation Crab Meat
  • Bake House Creations Crescent Rolls
  • Cream cheese

You'd never guess that these flaky crab rolls came from only three ingredients. Flatten out the crescent rolls, smearing each with a dollop of cream cheese, then top with finely chopped imitation crab meat and bake until golden brown. For even more flavor, try using the Happy Farms Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread.

8. Chicken Tortellini Soup

  • Priano Herb Chicken Tortellini
  • Chef's Cupboard Chicken Broth
  • Kale

Have a comforting soup ready and piping hot in under half an hour with this easy trio. Bring chicken broth to a boil and throw in finely chopped kale and the chicken tortellini. Simmer until the pasta is tender and floating at the top. For a veggie-friendly version, opt for the cheese tortellini instead.

9. Egg Rolls in a Bowl

  • Ground turkey or chicken
  • Little Salad Bar Chopped Asian Salad Kit
  • Rice

Enjoy all the flavor of egg rolls without the hassle of wrapping and frying them. Sauté ground turkey or chicken, then toss with cooked rice and a prepared Little Salad Bar Chopped Asian Salad Kit for a healthier takeout equivalent.

10. Copycat Chicken Sandwiches

  • Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Fillets
  • Specially Selected Brioche Buns
  • Fries or tater tots

It turns out that Aldi's Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Fillets are shockingly similar to a certain chicken chain that closes on Sundays. To make your own version, load up the baked chicken breasts into a soft brioche bun and serve with a side of fries or tots to complete the meal.


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