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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.
An easy recipe for white sauce - or roux, as the French call it
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 is versatile and as it's a crumbly pastry with a high butter content it's ideal for pies, tarts and turnovers.
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.
It's a classic for a reason! This healthy comfort food is the perfect winter-warmer.
Treat yourself with this classic supper.
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.
This easy chocolate recipe requires overnight chilling, so it's a perfect weekend dessert.
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.
You can vary the flavourings in this inexpensive, low-calorie casserole by replacing the red wine with a rich, tasty ale such as Guinness. Or you could try lamb leg steaks, cut into cubes, instead of beef.
More great recipes
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.
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.
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.
This new variation on a favourite pasta recipe is comfort food fast at the end of a long day.
An easy Irish recipe, which is a traditional family favourite during the colder months.
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