These are the simple recipes that will give someone confidence and encourage them to keep cooking. • Easy pasta should be at the center of any beginning cook's menus. We've just given you our Italian cooking without a recipe template of pasta, meat, greens and cheese. You might also try our Ridiculously Quick Pasta al Pomodoro
• Many soups are super easy to make, and far tastier than their canned counterparts. We'd recommend our Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup recipe.
• Every meat-eating cook should know how to roast a chicken. We'd also give beginning cooks this easy turkey tortilla soup recipe, which can be made with turkey or chicken, as a way to use up the leftovers.
• To go with that chicken, nothing could be easier than Rosemary roast potatoes.
• Mac n' Cheese is a popular college food, but usually comes from a blue box of processed powder. Show them how to beat the blue box, with Alton Brown's easy and delicious stove-top macaroni and cheese.
• We love to show beginning cooks how easy bread can be. We learned to make bread with Laurie Colwin's Brown Bread recipe, from a chapter entitled "Bread Baking without Agony" in her book, Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, where she espouses a totally relaxed attitude. But many former non-bread-bakers have learned to get over the intimidation factor through the no-knead bread phenomenon or our adaptation, no-knead bread in a hurry
What do you recommend to beginning cooks?