Recipes are a hot topic at the the moment, but how many do you really need? Whether you love to cook or are a little reluctant, we’ve picked out the recipes that everyone should know how to make. You don’t need to be a kitchen whizz, but there are some classic recipes that are really useful to have in your repertoire.
Once you’ve got the hang of these recipes, you can add your own twists, swap out ingredients for what you have in your fridge and make them your own. You can experiement, whether you choose to add a bit of a kick or swich up ingredients depending on what’s in season (or what you fancy).
Here are 9 classic recipes that everyone should know how to make, and you’ll be surprised just how simple they are…
There’s nothing quite like a homemade lasagne, but there are so many lasgne recipes around. This beef and Chianti lasagne takes just 10 minutes to prepare, then cooks slowly for seriously delicious results.
Make the recipe: Beef and Chianti lasagne
Everyone needs a basic cookie recipe to add to their repertoire, and you can’t go wrong with a double chocolate version. So simple yet satisfying, and we all love the smell of freshly baked cookies at home!
Make the recipe: Chocolate chunk cookies
3. Tomato soup
Tomato soup is comfort food at its best; it’s simple to make, and works just as well on a cold evening as it does in the garden on a summer’s day. Even the most inexperienced of cooks can get this right first time round.
Make the recipe: Tomato soup with basil oil
4. Roast chicken
Roast chicken is the perfect weekend treat when you have a little more time on your hands and plenty of zingy lemon and lemon time bring this recipe up to date, without complicating this clasic recipe.
Make the recipe: Lemon roast chicken with lemon thyme
Pancakes are a lovely way to start the weekend and they’re surprisingly easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients and it only takes 30 minutes to make a batch as well, plus everyone will love to share them for a relaxed family brunch.
Make the recipe: Perfect pancakes
Slow-cooked ragu is melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Serve it over fresh pasta, with a little bit of Parmesan and you’ve got an authentic Italian dinner that’s well worth taking the time over. The secret to this recipe is milk, which makes the meat even more tender.
Make the recipe: Ragu
7. Victoria sponge
A Victoria sponge is a classic cake recipe that everyone loves. Learn how to make it and you have a go-to recipe for birthdays, special occasions or even simply if you’re expecting a few friends round for tea.
Make the recipe: Victoria sandwich loaf
8. Vanilla cheesecake
Knowing how to make cheesecake is a must and it doesn’t get more classic than a baked New York vanilla cheesecake. Perfectly creamy, with a delicious crumbly base, you really can’t go wrong!
Make the recipe: Baked New York vanilla cheesecake
9. Shepherd’s pie
Creamy mash and slow-cooked lamb mince make a deliciously hearty shepherd’s pie. Learn how to make this and you can easily make up a big batch and freeze it in smaller tupperware containers, ready to reheat whenever you want a speedy dinner.
Make the recipe: Shepherd’s pie