40 Super-Simple Dinner Recipes for New Cooks
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We’ve rounded up 40 of our favorite recipes for absolute beginners (and for cooks who just want an easy button tonight). This is a treasure trove of recipes that are actually, truly, we swear! so easy, but incredibly satisfying and delicious too.
What Makes These Recipes Great for Beginners
- They have a short ingredient list: Sometimes five ingredients, or even three, are all you need.
- They only need one pan: Recipes that call for minimal cookware, like sheet pan suppers and one-pot pastas, are usually easy to cook but also easy to clean up.
- They have a short cook time: Recipes with just a few steps and a short cook time are not going to involve a lot of prep work. Period.
- They have a smart shortcut. At Kitchn, we love a good shortcut — like using a bottle of salad dressing as a sauce or leaning on pre-shredded veggies to make dinner easier and faster.