7 Cheap and Easy Recipes Every College Student Should Know By Heart

Going off to school for the first time marks the beginning of adulthood and all the responsibilities that come with it. Even simple tasks, like planning and preparing food to eat can seem daunting at first. Here are seven easy and inexpensive recipes to help students ward off hunger and maybe a little homesickness, too.

Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini

Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini (Image: www.everyday-reading.com)

A simple one-pot pasta dish is priceless. Student life is busy, so save time for studying by making one big pot of this pasta to enjoy all week long. This comforting dish combines flavorful Italian sausage, cheese filled tortellini, and plenty of vegetables, like tomatoes and fresh spinach. It's truly a meal in a bowl.

Sticky Chicken Stir Fry

Sticky Chicken Stir Fry (Image: kitchensanctuary.com)

This Sticky Chicken Stir Fry is a great for beginners and once mastered can be customized with a variety of meat, vegetables, or sauces. Make your stir fry extra fast and easy by using frozen, pre-chopped stir fry vegetables. Buy a student stir fry and feed him once, teach him how to make stir fry and he'll never go hungry again.

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas (Image: www.aroundmyfamilytable.com)

Quesadillas are the ultimate quick fix for when hunger hits hard and fast. This pepperoni pizza version combines your favorite pizza flavors into an easy hand held meal. For extra flavor and nutrients, stuff the quesadilla with pre-chopped salad bar vegetables for a "supreme" style pizza quesadilla. No waiting for the oven to preheat and no tipping the delivery guy required!

Dragon Noodles

Dragon Noodles (Image: www.budgetbytes.com)

Instead of calling for take-out, whip up a quick batch of these tangy, sweet, and spicy Dragon Noodles. It's ready in minutes and has endless possibilities for customization. Toss in some shredded chicken, chopped vegetables, or even a tablespoon of peanut butter for a pad thai twist.

Potato, Spinach, and Cheese Frittata

Potato, Spinach, and Cheese Frittata (Image: blog.meaningfuleats.com)

Frittatas are an easy, delicious, and low carb way to use up leftover vegetables before they go bad. This tasty version uses potato and spinach, but just about any vegetable can be chopped and tossed into the mix. Whether your breakfast comes at 6am or 6pm, a frittata will kill your hunger and start the day off right.

Super Smooth Homemade Hummus

Super Smooth Homemade Hummus (Image: www.inthiskitchen.com)

You can't have study group without snacks and a delicious all-purpose snack like hummus is invaluable. It's not just for dipping pita or vegetables, you can use it in place of mayo in chicken salad, spread it on a breakfast sandwich or veggie wrap, or even use it as an alternative to red sauce on your favorite pizza. Don't want to be a starving student? Learn how to make hummus and keep a batch in your fridge at all times.

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese (Image: www.ateaspoonofhappiness.com)

You've graduated from high school and moved on to college, so it's time you graduate from boxed mac and cheese and moved on to the real deal. Stove top macaroni and cheese is a whole new level of comfort food and once you learn the basic formula, you can begin to experiment with new cheeses or even adding a few chopped vegetables.