The 20 Recipes Everyone Should Make in Their Life

I know that, for some, cooking is a major chore, but I’ve always really enjoyed it. Sure, of course, there are days where cooking and cleaning up afterwards tops my list of Things I Absolutely Do Not Want To Do, but I also generally just really do enjoy it. The most fun? When you can tackle something new to you, maybe a little challenging, that’s going to yield absolutely delicious results (the best part of cooking anything at all, if you ask me). I don’t have fun with these kinds of recipes all that often though because I spend so much of my time just trying to, you know, get something on the table so I can eat. But I’m remembering just how much I love these kinds of things lately, so we pulled together a list of recipes that, in our humble opinions, everyone should make at some point—including you.

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: this is not an exhaustive list, OK? I probably forgot your favorite food in the world (I’m so sorry, in advance), and there are probably things on here that you’d never in a million years make (but you should!). Maybe it’s just something we think you’ll really, really like, or maybe (like the roast chicken on the list), it’s something that’s more of a ~life skill~. Cross off one or cross off all 20, just get in the kitchen and cook. All you need is a little inspiration.

 

1. Scallops

 

2. Caprese Eggs Benedict

 

3. Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

4. Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Steak

 

5. Roasted Chicken

 

6. Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

 

7. Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Source: Recipe Runner

 

8. Chicken Curry

 

9. Ricotta Gnocchi

 

10. Pasta

 

11. Braised Pork Ragu Pasta

 

12. Roasted Tomato Salsa

Source: Isabel Eats

 

13. Chipotle Turkey Chili

 

14. Chive and Cheddar Quiche

 

15. Smoked White Shells and Cheese

 

Sweets

 

16. Chocolate Croissants

 

17. Sprinkle Cake

 

18. Caramel Apple Pie

 

19. Cinnamon Rolls

 

20. Créme Brûlée