Best ever easy recipes for students

Whether you're starting as a Fresher or heading back to uni for another year, our easy recipes for students (one-pot pastas, tacos and brownies) are essential for university survival

Jacket potatoes 

Here’s how to make the perfect jacket potatoes


Baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans

This recipe for baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans makes for a great easy veggie meal that will give you a veg fix before a big night out. Plus, it’s under 500 calories. 

Tuna melt jackets

Tinned tuna makes a great budget-friendly topping for a baked-potato. This recipe adds cheese and spring onions for an extra melty finish, ideal for indulging on. 

Baked sweet potatoes with feta cream and crisp chorizo

Some nights, only a baked potato will do. Why not make it a bit more special with this recipe for baked sweet potatoes with feta cream and crisp chorizo? Ultimate comfort food. 

Recipes with mince

Best-ever spaghetti bolognese

With our best-ever spaghetti bolognese we’ve perfected a family favourite including tips on how to make it in a slow cooker. Make this for your uni flat mates and reap the rewards.

Classic cottage pie

This is our take on a classic cottage pie that will feed a crowd. With rich beef and creamy mash, it’s a long-standing family favourite and a good one to have in the freezer for emergencies! 

Best ever tex-mex style chilli con carne

Our most popular chilli con carne recipe EVER! Made Tex-Mex style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, 70% dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes. Get your mates round for a seriously indulgent flat party.

Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni cheese is the ultimate indulgent food to keep you going through essay writing, studying and of course lazy hangover days. We have plenty more macaroni cheese recipes here

Crisp topped macaroni cheese

Comfort food at its best. Mac ‘n’ cheese is always a winner and this one, with shredded ham and a crispy top is top of our list. Fresh salad is good as a side.

Mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon

How do you make mac ‘n’ cheese better? Add bacon of course!  This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for all of your flat mates

Hawksmoor’s macaroni cheese

The best macaroni cheese recipe, quick and easy, from Hawksmoor’s restaurants – famous for excellent steak. Hawksmoor’s macaroni cheese recipe is sure to become your new favourite!

Stir fry noodles

Stir fries are the perfect solution for quick meals between lectures, library sessions and before pre drinks. More stir-fry ideas here

10-minute beef and black bean stir-fry

This 10-minute beef and black bean stir-fry is the ideal quick fix. It’s super speedy, under 300 calories, and packed full of flavour. It’s also great for when you want to be a bit healthier and ditch your usual take-away. 

Sticky pork and mangetout stir-fry

Pork, noodles, mangetout: the three main ingredients for this quick and easy stir-fry. Spice it up with sweet chilli sauce to serve and tuck in for a fast meal for two.

Shanghai fried beef noodles

Ready in just 30 minutes, these Shanghai fried beef noodles make a great, easy meal for two

Pasta Bake

Meatball melt lasagne

This indulgent lasagne is a great dinner party entertaining pleaser to assemble then bake just before your friends arrive. Really meaty and full of great texture, your guests will keep coming back for more. An easy winner!

Quick courgette lasagne

This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Baked tortellini with spinach and chilli

This recipe for baked tortellini with spinach and chilli is super-easy to make, ready in under and hour and less than 500 calories – a perfect quick meal for two. Use shop bought tortellini and the hard work is done for you. 


Nothing says student grub like pizza. Save your pennies and learn how to make your own pizza, you’ll be the most popular Fresher in your halls.

5-minute flatbread pizzas

All the comfort of pizza but ready in a flash and healthier, too. These 5-minute flatbread pizzas are a great recipe to have on hand midweek when you and your flat mates don’t want to spend hours cooking

Meat vs veg patchwork pizza

Trying to please both veggies and meat-eaters? This patchwork pizza gives you the best of both worlds with pepperoni on one half and olives, capers and peppers on the other. Flat party, anyone??

Broccoli and spiced sausage pizza

This broccoli and spiced sausage pizza with fennel, chilli and taleggio is delicious and feels like a real treat. It’s ready in under an hour, though, which makes it achievable midweek.


Quick pork and bean tacos

These quick pork and bean tacos are the perfect speedy meal to make midweek and they’re under 500 calories. Put everything on the table and let people help themselves. 

Lime grilled salmon tacos with avocado cream

These zesty lime grilled salmon tacos with avocado cream are a really great option for a quick and easy, fresh meal for spring. They’re ready in just 20 minutes, making them perfect for a midweek meal or for when it’s too hot to cook for too long. 

Bean chili tacos

These quick and easy veggie tacos with zesty lime and tangy soured cream will make enough for all of your friends. Fresh coriander makes all the difference here.

One pot pasta

Pasta and sauce all cooked in one pot? Sounds mad but it works! Check out Sabrina Fauda-Rôle’s one pot pastas for super easy cooking for the whole flat.

One-pot orecchiette primavera

One-pot four cheeses pasta

One-pot tomato and basil pasta


Chilli, cheese and garlic mushroom omelette

This recipe for chilli, cheese and garlic mushroom omelette is easy, vegetarian and ready in under 30 minutes making it a perfect midweek meal for one

Spanish pepper and potato omelette

The ultimate comfort food which clears out the fridge too, try our best Spanish omelette recipe with red onion, red pepper and new potatoes. Serve with a rocket salad.

Kedgeree omelette

Kedgeree is a classic dish of curried rice, flaked, smoked fish and hard-boiled eggs. In this version, we’ve updated the classic by substituting the boiled eggs for an omelette to wrap the Kedgeree in. 


Become the resident baker among your student friends and you will be the most popular person on campus. Our indulgent brownie recipes are easy to make!

Bourbon biscuit brownies

What’s better than a chocolate Bourbon biscuit? Chocolate Bourbon brownies! This is one of our favourite recipes of 2016 – trust us, you’ll need to make a double batch

Cream Egg brownie cake

Chocolate cake + Cadbury’s Creme Eggs = HEAVEN. Whip up our chocolate traybake for a special Easter treat, or make it any time of the year (we certainly do)!

Classic chocolate brownies

A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe that can be ramped up with added ingredients (we’ve included three suggestions in the recipe). This recipe uses a square tin, but you can use an oblong or even round cake tin provided it is roughly the same size – just keep an eye on the brownie, you may need slightly less or more time than the recipe states.


Baked raspberry cheesecake

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! A classic and really indulgent dessert, baked cheesecake is a crowd pleaser. The fresh raspberries on top cut through the rich body of the cheesecake.

White chocolate and Baileys cheesecake

Baileys? Check. White chocolate? Check. Two ingredients that make for an utterly irresistible cheesecake, perfect for serving at pre drinks (or to keep all to yourself). Plus it calls for less than 10 ingredients, and is ready in under 2 hours! 

Freakshake cheesecake

We’ve taken inspiration from freakshakes to create our OTT freakshake cheesecake. You don’t have to stick to the toppings we’ve used here – go freestyle

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