Recipes That Will Remind You of College

Adulting, Author: Claire Greene

In a research study done at Auburn University, 131 students were followed over four years of college. It was found that 70% of them gained some weight before graduation, in amounts ranging from 12 pounds to 37 pounds.

Why is this? I personally believe that this is because college is the utmost time of freedom. It is the first time when we are living out on our own, away from our parents, and we are under the impression that we can do whatever we want. This includes eating what we want. Can we have that extra scoop of ice cream? Sure, because there is no one there telling us we can’t.

I am here to share some recipes that have token ingredients every college student will recognize, but makes them into actual meals, rather than just snacks to gorge on. Hope you enjoy!

Taco Lasagna


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I found this recipe at, and I find this recipe very much reminds me of college because of one key ingredient: nacho cheese soup. I can’t tell you how many trips I made to the on campus convenience store to stock up on salsa con queso and nachos. This lasagna is a slightly more grown-up version of that all-time favorite.


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 can RoTel diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
  • 1 can nacho cheese soup
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 12 8-inch, soft tortillas
  • Guacamole, cilantro, sour cream for topping, as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the beef or turkey to a large skillet over medium heat and crumble as it cooks. Drain grease when cooked through.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water to the skillet and cook for two minutes.
  4. Dump the tomatoes, cheese soup and sour cream into a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the cooked meat.
  5. Place three tortillas in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the meat mixture.
  6. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of tortillas on the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and melty.
  8. Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro, guacamole and extra sour cream, as desired.

My second nephew was just recently born. Because my brother and my sister-in-law were the parents of a newborn and a three-year-old and they would not have time to cook, I made them this lasagna to make things easier for them. All I have to say is now, my brother is on the Atkins diet. He was not while this dish was in the fridge.

Pesto Flatbread Pizza 


A staple in the diet of every college student is the old stand by: pizza. It is served at every meal in every cafeteria and you can even get it delivered right to your door! I have yet to meet someone who does not savor melted cheese and tomato sauce over bread. Here is a slightly grown-up version of my favorite, not that delivery isn’t great.


  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 pieces Naan Stone fire flatbread
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto sauce
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • Olive oil for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place flatbreads on large baking sheet
  3. Lightly dust flatbreads with olive oil
  4. Evenly spread pesto sauce over each flatbread
  5. Top each flatbread with mozzarella and olives
  6. Place flatbreads in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, cut into pieces and serve warm.


Brie Apple Grilled Cheese


Grilled cheese has always been one of my all-time favorite foods. Also, there wasn’t a lunch meal where it wasn’t served. Of course, in the cafeteria it was nothing more than Wonder Bread filled with American cheese put into a frying pan with butter. If you want to feel slightly more grown-up, here is a delicious new take on the favorite.


  • 2 pieces sliced Italian Bread
  • 6 thin slices of brie cheese, or to taste
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 6 slices granny smith apple
  • Fresh tyme to taste


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place bread slices butter side down into hot skillet. Arrange Brie cheese slices on top of each piece of bread. Sprinkle thyme over the top.
  3. Spread apple slices in a single layer over the Brie cheese on one slice of bread.
  4. Flip the slice of bread without apple onto the slice of bread with the apple slices. Continue cooking sandwich until cheese and apple are heated through and cheese is melted.

I hope you enjoy all of recipes while reminiscing with your college friends about the old days. Bon Appetit!

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