10 vital recipes every cook should know

Our food team have put together a list of 10 essential recipes you’ll use again and again. They’re versatile, easy to make – and taste delicious.

10 vital recipes every cook should know
Classic white sauce

Classic white sauce

An easy recipe for white sauce - or roux, as the French call it

Basic white rustic loaf

Basic white rustic loaf

This basic loaf is a cinch to make. It’s best eaten on the same day or used for toasting the following day. For delicious variations, go to How To... make bread in the Know How section.

Shortcrust pastry

Shortcrust pastry

Shortcrust pastry is versatile and as it's a crumbly pastry with a high butter content it's ideal for pies, tarts and turnovers.

Basic curry sauce

Basic curry sauce

This is a great home-made curry sauce, which can be frozen in batches and transformed into three different curries: Creamy chicken korma, Lamb rogan josh, and Prawn madras – ideal for entertaining or feeding the family.

Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup

It's a classic for a reason! This healthy comfort food is the perfect winter-warmer.

Best-ever egg and chips

Best-ever egg and chips

Treat yourself with this classic supper.

Beef ragu lasagne

Beef ragu lasagne

Make up a batch of our beef ragu recipe, freeze it, and then defrost so you can rustle up this easy lasagne, which is perfect for the family or entertaining.

Chestnut and chocolate torte

Chestnut and chocolate torte

This easy chocolate recipe requires overnight chilling, so it's a perfect weekend dessert.

The easy roast: legless chicken with posh 
stuffing and veg

The easy roast: legless chicken with posh stuffing and veg

This roast chicken recipe is great to cook for housemates at the weekend. Removing the legs stops them drying out during cooking and cuts the roasting time by a third.

Classic beef casserole

Classic beef casserole

You can vary the flavourings in this casserole by replacing the red wine with a rich, tasty ale such as Guinness.


More great recipes

Ultimate tomato sauce

Ultimate tomato sauce

Autumn sees a glut of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Use them to make this rich, flavoursome sauce that can be the base of three great dishes to fill your freezer: Pasta quattro stagioni; Sausage and bean casserole; and Spanish cod and chorizo stew.

How to make rice (and a perfect pilau)

How to make rice (and a perfect pilau)

Cooking rice correctly is a culinary trick worth learning, and all you need to do is give it a little thought, plus minimal interference. So here are our tips for how to cook rice to perfection.

How to make sushi

How to make sushi

Sushi is more fashionable than ever, and makes a great starter or canapé. With Japanese ingredients now easily available, you can impress friends by making your own.

Carbonara-style penne pasta

Carbonara-style penne pasta

This new variation on a favourite pasta recipe is comfort food fast at the end of a long day.

Chicken and leek pie

Chicken and leek pie

An easy Irish recipe, which is a traditional family favourite during the colder months.

 

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