PICTURED: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI
College can be an incredible time in a young person’s life. It is often the first time that they are alone, free to make their own choices, to do what they want, when they want. It can be challenging for some and overwhelming for others, especially when it comes to knowing what to eat and how to cook it. No matter what you (or your recent high school grad) think, we have inspiring recipes for you, from comfort food to breakfast staples to dinner. Check out our list of 38 college food recipes and get excited — you might find a few favorites you’ll make again and again.
Learning to juggle a whole new class and life schedule on your own can be tough, so we’ve included some easy recipes here that make the most of simple ingredients and cooking methods, like our TikTok ramen (seriously, turn up on the seasoning bagel), our black bean tostadas, our brownie mug, or our flatbread pizza. Other recipes, like our PB&J Rolled Oats or Egg Muffins, take a little forethought, but once you’ve made them, you’ll be ready for lunches all week.
Speaking of being ready for the whole week, it can be annoying to always have to expend mental energy figuring out what to eat. It’s part of the predicament of being an adult, so set yourself up for success by learning how to cook meals. Schedule time to cook a few times a week and prepare recipes (or recipe items) that you can eat in the days ahead. Check out our hot tahini ramen noodles, our chicken fajitas on a plate, our black bean and corn salad, our breakfast burritos (you can freeze them!), our chicken salad sandwich or our sausage plate and vegetables for ideas. Invest in some good reusable containers (or just use leftover takeout!) and then refill them. You’ll always have something tasty to grab, which is a less stressful thing on your plate.
Everyone in college gets homesick at one point or another, and we think the best way to combat it is to make comfort foods that remind you of home. We’ve included some of our favorites, like spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti for adults, but ask your families for theirs before you go off to college, then do- them whenever you need them. . These recipes often make a ton of food, so you can make some new friends by sharing them with housemates who could also use a little comfort.
Want more easy recipe inspiration? Check out our best beginner recipes for two (perfect for date night!), our best healthy lunches, and our favorite no-bake desserts.