No matter how you acquired your food processor (you inherited it from Grandma; it was a wedding gift; you sprang for one with your own cash because Ina Garten told you to), it’s probably hiding out of sight somewhere in your kitchen, accumulating dust, taking up space and silently mocking you. Resolved to break out the machine more often? Here are 41 food processor recipes to put it to good use. The best part? They practically make themselves.
1. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil
You simply toss everything into your food processor, pulse and serve. Dinner doesn’t get easier than this.
2. Cookies-and-Cream Shortbread Cookies
Food processors also happen to be handy for baking projects, like the dough for these cookie-flavored cookies. It comes together in, like, 3 minutes.
3. Cauliflower Rice
Before you run out to the grocery to buy premade cauliflower rice at a 600 percent markup, know that you could make your own in 20 minutes flat (and for much cheaper).
4. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles
You’re just four ingredients away from these two-bite treasures. Switch up the decorative sprinkles with the seasons for a year-round winner.
5. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust
A pie so pretty we almost can’t take a slice. (We jest.) That’s thanks to the addition of freeze-dried strawberries in the crust, which get pulsed into a fine powder in the food processor.
6. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Magic Shell
Or you can use that homemade strawberry powder to make this nostalgic ice-cream topping. It takes ten minutes to make, but you’ll be thinking about it for days.
7. Banana Cream Pie
This pie has a secret: The crust is laced with peanuts for a salty-sweet addition that balances out all that filling.
8. Wild Alaska Salmon and Summer Squash Kebabs
The one-and-done chimichurri dipping sauce might be the easiest homemade condiment ever. It’s versatile too, so you should probably make extra.
9. Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese
The base for this cheese sauce is blended with chiles for a next-level comfort food with a real kick.
10. Antoni Porowski’s Moroccan-Style Pasta Bolognese
If we can’t get Antoni to dice the aromatics for us, our food processor is the next best thing.
11. Spicy Avocado Hummus
You could go with store-bought, but we bet you won’t find avocado hummus at your supermarket.
12. Vegan Golden Mylk Cheesecake
Both the filling and the crust are whipped up in the food processor, so you hardly have to lift a finger to make the entire thing.
13. Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter with Miso Aioli and Romesco Sauce
Once you try this quick, savory romesco sauce, you might never go back to bottled ranch dressing.
14. Green Goddess Wraps
Speaking of dressing, this homemade green goddess sauce is double-dip-worthy.
15. Sweet Potato Hummus
A sweet and savory ten-minute snack? Yes, please. The most difficult thing you’ll have to do is decide what to dip in it.
16. Portobello and Avocado Quesadillas with Magic Green Sauce
The sauce alone is worth bringing out your food processor. It’s the ideal balance of creamy, sweet, spicy and sour, so you’ll want to eat it with everything.
17. Chocolate-Glazed Espresso Cheesecake
For the most uniform cookie crumbs, pulse them in your food processor instead of crushing them by hand. Don’t put it away, though: You’ll need it for the filling too.
18. Beet Hummus
What can we say? We love hummus in all its flavorful forms.
19. Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
Make this once and you’ll never regret buying that appliance again.
20. Mini Cauliflower-Crust Breakfast Pizzas with Spicy Garlic Honey
So you made cauliflower rice. Don’t stop there! Turn it into a low-carb pizza crust by adding eggs and a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.
21. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote
No fussy water baths here. The press-in crust and cream cheese filling are just as good as any bakery cheesecake, and the whole thing requires just ten ingredients.
22. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies
We added cinnamon to this graham cracker crust, so everyone will wonder What makes this so damn good? before going back for seconds.
23. Edamame Hummus
There are seven grams of protein per serving, so you can feel good about eating almost the entire bowl.
24. Spaghetti with Avocado Pasta Sauce
This sauce is so rich, creamy and smooth, you’ll barely believe it’s actually pretty virtuous.
25. Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon-Herb Sauce
Everyone at the table will think you pulled out all the stops. You don’t have to tell them that it took you 45 minutes from start to finish.
26. Balsamic Peach Sauce
Bye, store-bought marinade. We’re trading you in for this tangy, sweet concoction that’s impressive and easy.
27. No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
If a cheesecake and a key lime pie had a very delicious baby, this would be it.
28. Smoky Eggplant Pasta with Pounded Walnut Relish, Mozzarella and Basil
We love a classic red sauce, but sometimes we need a change of pace. Enter this elevated pasta, which is rustic but fancy at the same time.
29. No-Cook, Keto Avocado Hollandaise
Keto or not, no one can resist this creamy green sauce. (Psst: It’s vegan too!)
30. Neapolitan Pie
Want to impress your dinner guests? Make this adorable number. (It’s easier than it appears.)
31. Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb
Your food processor will make quick work of the graham cracker crust. In fact, the whole thing comes together in 40 minutes—the fastest pastry we’ve ever made.
32. Spicy Lemon Herb Sauce
We’re stocking our entire refrigerator with jars of this stuff for chicken, salads, grain bowls, whatever.
33. Pizza with Butternut Squash Sauce
Not today, pepperoni, not today. We’re going rogue this pizza night.
34. Vegan Chili ‘Cheese’ Dip
For the smoothest, most convincing “cheese” sauce, puree the squash in your food processor. (Oh, you didn’t realize this was squash? We’re sneaky like that.)
35. Pesto Zoodles
Traditionally, pesto is made with a mortar and pestle, but who has time for that?
36. Easy Zucchini Bread
If your food processor has a grating attachment, it will spare you tons of time grating the zucchini for this bread.
37. Parsnip and Lemon Loaf Cake
Or if you’re not a zucchini fan, you can do the same thing with this parsnip version.
38. Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Real talk: We’d eat almost anything if it came with a spicy peanut sauce. Good thing this dish takes just 25 minutes to make.
39. Gluten-Free Pear and Pistachio Rose Cake
Even if you don’t own a stand mixer, you can make this gorgeous cake.
40. Creamy Gochujang Zoodles
Blend together tahini, bell peppers, kimchi and a Korean chili paste called gochujang, and you’ll end up with something magical.
41. Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio-Chili Pesto
We’ll be topping all our side dishes with this spicy-salty pesto, now and forever.