Campus Cooking Recipes

Looking for recipes a college student can cook? Browse recipes for smoothies, microwave recipes, one-pot meals, and snacks that can be made with minimal equipment.

Staff Picks

Dev's Dorm Room Casserole

Rating: 4.47 stars
Craving real food with a touch of home, I decided to experiment with my microwave (the only cooking implement allowed in my college dorm), and made this delectable casserole! Quick, easy, and tastes like a home cooked meal. Perfect for every college student and single non-cook.

A Very Intense Fruit Smoothie

Rating: 4.41 stars
Gorgeous colour and absolutely refreshing. Use your favorite canned fruit - I prefer peaches or pears.

Hummus Pizza

Rating: 4.57 stars
This pizza uses hummus instead of the usual red sauce--a unique and healthy pizza for those bored with the traditional. Top with your favorite veggies and cheese.

Kristil's Frat House Cookies

Rating: 4.86 stars
I cook for a college fraternity with 56 members. The guys love these cookies. I work in large batches, obviously, and use a 5 quart mixer bowl for these. You can easily half this recipe for smaller batches.

Microwave Tacos

Rating: 4.19 stars
This is my mom's recipe for tacos. I really enjoy the way she seasons her meat. Her seasonings are way better than those store bought packs.

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Rating: 4.58 stars
If you love peanut butter and popcorn you'll love this! Definitely for the sweet tooth though!

Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Rating: 4.56 stars
I sometimes substitute chicken broth for half the heavy cream called for in the recipe to reduce calories. I also use additional Parmesan.

Pollo Fajitas

Rating: 4.45 stars
Chicken thighs are used in this recipe, but boneless, skinless breasts could be used instead. Be careful not to overcook, as the result could be rather dry chicken. Serve with warm flour tortillas, salsa and sour cream.

Quick Brownbag Burritos

Rating: 4.36 stars
These are quick enough to whip up anytime and are even good cold, which makes them great for bagged lunches!

Ramen Noodle Soup

Rating: 4.38 stars
This soup is just very very can find ramen noodles at most supermarkets, or at Asian grocery stores.

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is a no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob. Perfect for when you run out of stove or grill space. I freeze the corn on the cob in plastic bags, and remove a single ear of frozen corn in the cold winter months to have the sweet taste of summer corn throughout the year!

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Recipes for College Students

Classic recipes make campus dinner easy on time and money.

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Rating: Unrated
"I was having a major chocolate craving and boy did this satify it in a hurry! YUMM!" – LISA_THE_MUM

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Rating: 4.71 stars

This is a no-bake pudding dessert that's so quick and easy to make--everyone loves it. I always keep the ingredients on hand in case I need a quick dessert. It's best if it sits overnight before serving.