Cooking does not come naturally to everyone; there are some who may find they are really good at it once they try it. Others are not so lucky. There is a lot of trial and error involved in cooking, which means there can be plenty of mistakes. Sometimes, you end up wasting ingredients and there is also a risk of burning your house down. Yes, you can try watching cooking shows and videos online or on television to pick up some tips, but that requires a lot of time on your part. In case, you don’t have that much to spare and you are looking to make some simple meals, here are some easy recipes for kitchen newbies that you can try.
They are easy to make and also quite delicious so there is a very small chance of things going wrong. Read on to know the recipes:
Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Who doesn’t like spaghetti? Almost, everyone does. It is also a very simple and quick dish that you can throw together. First off, you need to add a tablespoon of salt to a large pot of water and then boil it. Depending on the number of people you are cooking for, you should add the spaghetti noodles. There will be instructions on the spaghetti box and you should follow them accordingly. While they are cooking, you should heat the prepared pasta sauce that you have bought. This can also be made at home, but newbies should stick to store-bought.
As far as garlic bread is concerned, take a loaf of fresh Italian or French bread that has been cut in half. Mix Italian herbs, dashes of garlic powder and half-a-stick of butter and spread it on both sides of the bread. Put the two halves of the bread together and toss it into an oven for 12 minutes after wrapping it in foil. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and then add the sauce to it. Now, you can serve it with hot pieces of garlic bread.
Steak and Baked Potatoes
If you are in the mood to eat meat, there is no better option than a juicy steak. It is best to begin with a baked potato first because it will take time. The first step is to poke about eight holes in the potato with a fork. Then, rub the potato with a small amount of olive oil before sprinkling some salt and pepper all over it. Now, you need to put it in a 350-degree oven for baking and leave it there for an hour.
It is time to move onto the steak. Get a good cut of beef that should be sprinkled with salt and pepper and olive oil on both sides. Then, place the meat on a broiler pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes. The time required for cooking it can depend on the size of the steak and how you like it. A typical medium steak will be done in about four minutes on each side. Once the steak is cooked, you should let it sit for a few minutes so the juices are distributed evenly and you can get a juicy and tender steak. You can plate it in five minutes, open the baked potato and add your favorite toppings.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Who doesn’t enjoy chicken noodle soup? When you don’t know how to make anything else, you can just make some delicious chicken needle soup for yourself, which will be ready in half an hour. The ingredients needed for it are also quite simple and you can find most of them in your pantry or can be picked up from the nearby supermarket. What are they? You need 1 ½ cup egg noodles, ½ cup chopped celery, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 cup sliced carrots, ½ cup chopped onion, ½ teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste, 4 cans chicken broth 14.5 ounces each, 1 can vegetable broth 14.5 ounces and ½ pound chopped cooked chicken breast.
The first thing you will need is a large pot for melting butter. When this is done, you should cook celery and onion in it for about 5 minutes. Then, it is time to add the vegetable and chicken broths, noodles, cooked chicken breast, basil, carrots, salt and pepper and oregano to it. Now, you need to boil these things properly. Reduce the heat and then let the dish simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Your chicken noodle soup is now done and you can eat it hot.
Even if you don’t have experience in the kitchen, you can easily make these dishes without turning it into a disaster. All you have to do is follow the given instructions and you can enjoy a hearty meal.