10 Most Easy Recipes for College Students

10 Most Easy Recipes for College Students

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Last updated on
Mar 13, 2023
Uploaded on
Sep 5, 2022
Last updated on
Mar 13, 2023
10 Affordable and Easy Recipes for students
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Finally, you're off to your dream university. The gruelling application, administrative work, and suitable accommodation are all taken care of. Yet, one big question remains - what are you going to eat? The ever-important question of what to eat every day is perhaps the toughest that students will face. As if students don't already have a lot on their 'plates', figuring out what to cook every day can become tiresome. Therefore when you first arrive at the university, getting into a habit of continually reaching for the takeaway menu can be easy – especially if you've never really cooked before, but that will lead to overspending. We understand this dilemma and have devised ten easy recipes for students. These are easy student recipes, take minimal time, and are healthy. Let's start cooking!

1. Microwave Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs

Time: 2 Min

What came first, the egg or the chicken? The answer will always be the egg for a student, as it is the cornerstone of any student meal. Eggs rule overall, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack. Scrambled eggs are perhaps the easy student recipes in the book. All you need for this easy student recipe is two eggs, salt, and some milk.


  1. Take a bowl, add two eggs, milk and a pinch of salt in microwave-safe bowl and beat it till it's mixed well. Cook it on high for 30 seconds, then beat the mixture again and place it in the microwave for another 30 seconds. 
  2. Beat it again and break any lumps of the eggs. Cook for another 15 seconds, then beat it again. If you like your eggs loose, serve them right away. If you prefer your eggs firmer, let it cook for another 15 seconds. You can serve them with some toasted bread and cherry tomatoes.

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2. Rice and Beans

rice and beans

Time: 25 Min

Our forefathers would have had a tough time surviving if it wasn't for this meal. One of the book's oldest meals and easy student recipes, this combo remains popular even today, especially with students. All that this meal takes is rice and beans. The beans can be bought too in canned form and added to the rice. Stir this duo for roughly 5 minutes, and you have a meal ready.


  1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium-high.
  2. Add onion, cook and stir until tender. Then add beans, tomatoes, oregano, salt and garlic powder. 
  3. Bring it to a boil and mix it in rice. Cover it and reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  4. Turn off the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

3. Tomato Soup

Tomato soup

Time: 30 Min

Instead of tinned soup, make your own nourishing broth - ideal for late nights or when you're feeling under the weather. One of the easy student recipes. The beauty of soup is it can comprise anything. Vegetables, Meat, or any ingredient of your choice. The ingredient required for this recipe is two tomatoes, a few garlic cloves, herbs, salt and some sugar.


  1. Chop two tomatoes, an onion, basil leaves and some garlic cloves, grab a medium pot, and saute it. 
  2. Boil it until the tomatoes are soft and you can easily peel the skin off and remove the basil leaves 
  3. You can then put the boiled veggies into a grinder and grind them until a fine paste is formed. Strain the blended mixture and discard the lumps that remain in the strainer. 
  4. Boil the soup on medium heat. Add salt and sugar to your liking and give it a boil. Turn the heat off and enjoy your warm bowl of tomato soup.

4. Microwave Mug Cake

Mug cake

Time: 7 Min

Want a quick Choco fix? You can try baking a quick sweet recipe for your midnight cravings; all you need is self-raising flour, sugar, cocoa powder, one medium egg, milk, and vegetable oil.


  1. Mix 4tbps raising flour, 4tbps sugar and 2tbps cocoa power in the largest mug you own so it doesn't flow.
  2. Add a medium egg and give it a good mix, and don't worry if the mix is still dry.
  3. Add 3tbps vegetable oil and 3tbps milk some vanilla essence and mix till you get a fine paste before you add the 2tbps cocoa power. Additionally, you can also put some dry fruits that are to your liking.
  4. Place your mug in the centre of the microwave dish and bake. Set the heat on high for 1 min 30 seconds, check if the cake is fully baked, and enjoy!

5. Pancakes  


Time: 30 Min

Pancakes or crepes are widely liked dishes worldwide. While doing so, you can learn a skill along the way. All you need is plain flour, two large eggs, milk, and vegetable oil. Lemon wedge, caster sugar and maple syrup as some common toppings you can add, which is optional. 


  1. Add 100g plain flour, 300 ml milk, two large eggs, 1tbps vegetable oil and just a pinch of salt in a bowl until fully mixed.
  2. You can either keep the mix aside for 30 minutes or cook it straight away
  3. Take a medium frying pan and keep the heat on medium. Keep in mind to grease the pan with some cooking oil. 
  4. When hot, pour some batter into the pan and cook for a minute per side until golden.
  5. All you have to do is add your favourite topping, sit back and have a delicious dish of pancakes.

6. Easy Tomato Pasta

Red sauce pasta

Time: 40 Min

Perfect for a budget-friendly supper, this Tomato Pasta is tasty to eat and one of the easy recipes for students. This healthy student recipe surely is low cost but is high quality and won't take much effort. The ingredients you'll need for this dish are olive oil, onion, garlic clove, a can of cherry or chopped tomatoes, sugar, some Worcestershire sauce, tube-shaped pasta, cheddar cheese and a baguette or sliced bread. 


  1. Fry the onion in cooking oil for 5 minutes or until tender and gently brown. Add gralic an heat for a minute.
  2. Add the sugar and tomatoes, boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add some Worcestershire sauce and add the seasoning to taste . Now, this basic sauce can be frozen or cooled.
  3. Simultaneously, boil the pasta. Heat the grill on high and mix the cheese and breadcrumbs. 
  4. Drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce. Spread over the cheesy bread crumbs and grill it until it's golden. Mamma Mia!

7. Ramen 


Time: 20 Min

If you feel like switching things up after having pasta for a while, a good alternative would be ramen. Cook them in any manner you like and with any ingredient you want; they taste amazing. All you need is instant noodles, spring onion, finely chopped, half a head of Pak choi, sesame seeds and chilli sauce. 


  1. Choose your favourite flavour of ramen and cook it with its flavouring provided in the packet. Add the spring onion and pak choi when it's almost cooked.
  2. Boil the egg gently for 6 minutes, run it under cold water, and then peel it. Add toast sesame seeds in a pan.
  3. Take a deep bowl and our your cooked ramen in. Sprinkle the toppings, and voila! Your ramen is ready.

8. Seasoned Baked Potatoes

Seasoned Baked Potatoes

Time: 10 Min

What's common between potatoes and students? Both have to put on a lot of hats, and they do it brilliantly. Mash them, bake them or fry them (this strictly applies to potatoes, not students). Potatoes provide you with all. A baked potato is a nutritious, cheap, and easy meal that requires a single dish. This simple recipe for students needs 2-3 potatoes, herbs, salt, and cooking oil.


  1. Take two medium-sized potatoes and chop them into semi-medium pieces. Sprinkle some oregano, salt and oil on the pieces. 
  2. Roast it in the microwave for 12 minutes or in the oven for 45 minutes. 
  3. Once it's cooked, top it with cheese, sour cream, meats, or other toppings and some rosemary for garnishing!

9. Stir-Fried Rice

Stir fried rice

Time: 20 Min

You're never more than 15 minutes away from satisfying your speedy supper with a bag of rice in the cupboard. A cup of boiled rice, some oil, and a host of veggies or Meat of your choice is all you need. Throw it in the pan or wok, stir for some time, and have a tasty and filling meal ready.


  1. Cook a cup of rice, or use last night's rice. 
  2. Take a pan, stir some chopped onion, bell pepper and carrots in oil, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and some soy sauce and stir till it's thoroughly cooked, and garnish it with green onion. 

10. Chicken and Potato bake

Chicken and potato bake

Time: 35-40 Min

Chicken and potatoes are a mix that no student can't say no to. This is not just a healthy student meal but also one of the easy student recipes. To make this recipe, you require two chicken breasts, three medium-sized peeled potatoes, a slice of onion, cheese, two crushed garlic cloves, and half a cup of milk and butter. 


  1. Boil the peeled potatoes until soft. Meanwhile, chop the chicken breast into chunks or any size you want.
  2. Fry the pieces until brown, and add the sliced onion and crushed garlic into the mix. 
  3. Mash the boiled potatoes. Add butter and milk, then stir it well. 
  4. Take a microwave bowl and add the potato mix, the fried chicken and some chicken gravy if you have some and mix it well. Grate the plate with cheese and toss it in a microwave to heat it. Enjoy this student meal idea on a warm plate of chicken and potato bake.

Good Food is a necessity for college students. Where you get from doesn't matter as long as you eat right. Students should make a point to prepare their meals at least once a day and try out these easy student recipes. Hopefully, these easy recipes for students help you in some way in preparing your student meals. We also know that a lot of stress can cause overeating, so know more about managing stress as a student and health tips to keep yourself in healthy abroad.