10 Easy Spanish Recipes for College Students

Ten Spanish Recipes that are Quick, Easy, and Cheap

Students' wallets aren't fat with cash or plastic, but they need to "fill up" to keep burning the midnight oil. Many students are away from home and cooking on their own for the first time, too. So, we've put together a list of quick and easy Spanish food recipes just for students. All require no more than the basic frying pan or stock pot, and no complicated cooking techniques. All use inexpensive ingredients like spaghetti or rice. Because students need time to study, not...MORE every recipe can be prepared in just a few minutes!
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    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice
    Arroz Cubano - Cuban Rice (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    If you can boil water and fry an egg, you can make this recipe! There are many versions, but this is the “Sierra” household’s version of Arroz Cubano - a bed of rice topped with tomato sauce and a fried egg. How much easier can dinner be?!
  • 02 of 10

    Spaghetti & Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas

    Spaghetti with Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas y Pimenton
    Spaghetti with Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas y Pimenton (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    Although pasta did not originate in Spain, spaghetti and various kinds of pasta are enjoyed all over Spain. This dish combines typical Spanish ingredients – tomatoes, onions, lots of garlic and smoked Spanish paprika. A sprinkling of shrimp will do. It's simple and quick to prepare.
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    Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce – Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo
    Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra (c)
    Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are often eaten in Spanish homes with a typically Spanish twist to the sauce – Spanish chorizo sausage and Spanish smoked paprika. A quick and easy main course, the chorizo makes it very tasty.
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    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes
    Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes (c) 2007 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    Fresh and light, this dish makes a great main course for lunch or light dinner. Fresh tomatoes, stuffed with tuna, cucumbers and dressed with oil and vinegar. They are juicy and full of flavor. Serve with toast on the side and you have dinner almost instantly!
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  • 05 of 10
    Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo
    Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    Can you make scrambled eggs? How about slice and fry a sausage? Then you can make this omelet with Spanish chorizo. It makes a great breakfast, light lunch or an appetizer or "tapa." Serve with baguette slices.
  • 06 of 10
    White Beans with Chorizo is a quick and easy dish for those nights when you want something quick and have to study. Since the recipe uses canned white kidney beans, most of the work is done for you. So, it's a perfect dish for beginner cooks as well. White beans combine well with the Spanish chorizo, onions, garlic and pepper to make a tasty and satisfying main course, ready in about 20 minutes.
  • 07 of 10
    Although these kabobs are normally marinated overnight, they are very easy to make and are delicious. Be sure to leave a note for your roommates not to eat them before you get home from class! Served all over Spain in tapas bars, these "pinchos" can be made of pork, lamb or sometimes veal. Choose the meat that you like best.
  • 08 of 10
    Shrimp in Garlic - Gambas al Ajillo
    Shrimp in Garlic - Gambas al Ajillo. Lisa Sierra (c)
    One of the most common "tapas" of Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor. Substitute any dry white wine if you cannot afford Spanish sherry. Serve with rustic bread and a green salad and make a dinner of it!
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  • 09 of 10
    Start with very thinly sliced round or sirloin steaks (or "breakfast" steaks), bread them with a bit of flour and garlic, then quickly fry in hot oil and in minutes you'll have a tasty dinner when combined with some fried potatoes.
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    Spanish White Beans with Chard and Pancetta Recipe - Alubias Blancas con Acelga y Panceta (c)
    Spanish White Beans with Chard and Pancetta Recipe - Alubias Blancas con Acelga y Panceta. Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This Spanish white bean recipe is a good first course, particularly when you are short on time. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and makes a solid start to a meal. Ham or bacon are more economic alternatives to the pancetta and still taste great!