Want to Teach Yourself to Cook? Start With These Recipes

Cooking is a learned skill—it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Now is as good of a time to teach yourself to cook as any other, but if you’re not sure where to start, it can feel overwhelming. My advice? First, think about what you like to eat. Are you a salad every day kind of person? Are eggs for weekend breakfasts a must? Make yourself a little list of your favorites and then you’ll have a better idea of what kinds of cooking skills you actually want to learn. If you’re only interested in eating roast chicken at a restaurant, then learning how to make your own at home (while dead simple) is a definite non-necessity. Scared to attempt to conquer baking as well as cooking? Stick to store-bought treats for now.

Basic soups, salads, pasta, and more can teach you tons of techniques that you can then apply to different things or new recipes. So if you’re hoping to teach yourself how to cook—or just improve the skills you already have—try cooking your way through these 21 recipes.


1. Roasted Vegetables


2. Avocado Kale Caesar Salad + Sweet Potato Fries

Source: Pinch of Yum


3. Green Salad


4. French Onion Soup


5. Chicken Noodle Soup


6. Beef Stew


7. Fettuccine Alfredo


8. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


9. Date Night Rigatoni

Source: Pinch of Yum


10. Broccoli Pesto Mac and Cheese


11. Frittata


12. Garlic Butter Shrimp


13. Sheet Pan Broiled Salmon


14. Baked Cod


15. Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower


16. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Source: Isabel Eats


17. Roast Chicken


18. Slow Cooker French Wine and Mustard Chicken


19. Bourbon Cherry Crisp


20. One-Bowl Sprinkle Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


21. Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars