25 Classic Recipes That Everyone Should Know How to Make

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Some people take food very seriously, whether they’re cooking or eating it, and I happen to be one of them (more on the eating than cooking side, though). And it’s not just the quality, process, and taste that matters: Many believe—half-seriously, I assume—that certain recipes have life-altering powers, from Glamour’s famed “Engagement Chicken” to Refinery29’s recent “Come Fuck Me Penne a la Vodka.” Silly cooking lore aside, I do think there are some recipes that everyone should know (or try to learn) how to make.

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All the recipes you’ll find ahead are classics, from a healthy omelet and comforting chicken noodle soup to steak skewers and a perfect chocolate cake. Whether you’re hosting a dinner, planning a date night in, or just seeking reprieve from takeout, these 25 breakfasts, appetizers, entrées, and dessert dishes will never go out of style.

Originally published August 2016. Updated September 2017.

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Blueberry Pancakes
Blueberry Pancakes
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelet with Spinach and Avocado
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelet with Spinach and Avocado
Caprese Avocado Toast
Caprese Avocado Toast
The Best French Toast
The Best French Toast
Gouda, Onion, and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Gouda, Onion, and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers
Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots, and Walnuts
Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots, and Walnuts
One Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes
One Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes
Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon
Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon
Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes
Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes
Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Balsamic Glazed Rosemary Steak Skewers
Balsamic Glazed Rosemary Steak Skewers
Asparagus Lemon Risotto
Asparagus Lemon Risotto
Teriyaki Salmon
Teriyaki Salmon
Sautéed Kale and Quinoa Skillet
Sautéed Kale and Quinoa Skillet
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Parmesan and Cilantro
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Parmesan and Cilantro
Easy Shrimp Scampi
Easy Shrimp Scampi
Roasted Carrots with Honey, Rosemary, and Thyme
Roasted Carrots with Honey, Rosemary, and Thyme
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate Layer Cake
Berry Crumble Cobbler
Berry Crumble Cobbler

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  • Blueberry Pancakes
  • Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelet with Spinach and Avocado
  • Caprese Avocado Toast
  • The Best French Toast
  • Gouda, Onion, and Bacon Grilled Cheese
  • Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
  • Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers
  • Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
  • Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots, and Walnuts
  • One Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes
  • Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon
  • Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes
  • Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Balsamic Glazed Rosemary Steak Skewers
  • Asparagus Lemon Risotto
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Sautéed Kale and Quinoa Skillet
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Parmesan and Cilantro
  • Easy Shrimp Scampi
  • Roasted Carrots with Honey, Rosemary, and Thyme
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Chocolate Layer Cake
  • Berry Crumble Cobbler

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