The 31 recipes you learn before you become independent

We know that today young people take longer to become independent, in fact we are the Europeans who are slower to leave the paternal home. But that day ends up reaching for everyone and confronts us with the reality of simple daily tasks, among them, the kitchen. Are you planning on living on your own, but the stoves are not your thing? These are the 31 recipes you have to learn before you become independent . Once you have mastered the techniques and basic steps, it will not cost anything to gradually increase your recipe.

The kitchen is still a pending subject for many, especially the most homemade dishes, day to day. When you become independent you can survive at the beginning of the day menus, pre-cooked and ordering at home, but everything has a limit. Our mother will be able to give us some tarts with her delicacies from time to time, but it is convenient that we start soon to cook on our own , establishing routines. You can learn this selection of basic recipes in a month to organize your complete menus.

1. Homemade tomato sauce


It is tempting to use only commercial sauces, and there are some excellent, but in no household should you miss the homemade tomato sauce . It is easy to prepare and can be kept for many days in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer. That’s why it pays to invest a little while in cooking a good amount to have reservations for a while.

The taste of homemade tomato sauce has nothing to do with a grocery store, and it serves us for a thousand things . It can accompany meat and fish dishes, combine with vegetables, enrich stews and stews, or we can enjoy it with pasta or cooked rice. Delicious also with potatoes, you can even give a spicy touch. When you master the recipe you will be making your own version adjusting the amount of ingredients to taste.

2. Vegetable soup

Huertana soup

Soups are indispensable battle dishes in any home cooking. They appeal more in winter but are so nutritious and comforting that it is worth to enjoy soups all year round . A good recipe to have on hand is the vegetable soup , so named because vegetables are vegetables and vegetables, such as leek, potato, carrot or turnip.

It is a basic recipe because it is already a luxury dish, despite its humility, great to serve as a starter or as light but satiating dinner. It can also be varied by adapting the vegetables of each season or by enriching it with something more of substance , as for example with the classic variant of homemade chicken soup . Some noodles and some poultry make it a dish of the most complete.

3. Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

It is undoubtedly an essential dish in Italian cuisine of which there are many versions. My mother cooks her own recipe all year round, which is a very complete, easy and delicious dish. In this recipe of minestrone soup we combine seasonal vegetables with white beans and short pasta in a spoon dish that deserves more recognition than it usually has.

Satiating, nutritious and also suitable for vegetarians if we use vegetable broth, this soup can be made more forceful in the cold months or lighter when it is already tightening the heat. The final touch of the grated Parmesan cheese brings the final touch to a recipe that will become a basic of your usual repertoire.

4. Cream of zucchini and carrot curry

Zucchini and carrot curry cream

Vegetable creams are essential for me in everyday menus. How unhappy it was when I made a bad face of my mother’s creams, until one day it occurred to me to taste the zucchini and I was converted forever. There are a thousand different options, but the cream of zucchini and carrot curry I especially like to give a different touch to the most typical recipe, and because it looks great.

There are those who still have green colored tirria in spoon dishes, so combining zucchini with carrots and curry spices we get a much more appealing orange. It can be made more or less spicy and adjust the texture to taste, although I have always liked thicker and creamier. Hot feels wonderful and warm also tastes great, is perfect for the whole year.

5. Chicken and ham croquettes


Nobody will make croquettes better than your mother, but you do not have to depend on your dishes for a lifetime if you want to enjoy this classic of our kitchen. Learn to master the technique of a perfect croquettes and you can boast when you have visitors at home, and nothing better than practice with the recipe of chicken and ham croquettes of Franis Paniego .

The chef is a recognized master of the croquettes and his recipe is infallible to get that creamy and smooth texture of the interior, with a thin crusty, crispy, greasy, on the outside. The same technique can be applied to a fish croquettes, seafood, cheese or chorizo, there are a thousand options to try.

6. Omelette with potatoes


We continue with another dish that sure is essential for many in any recipe, the potato tortilla with onion . Or without onion, we will not enter into the eternal discussion, the important thing is to find our perfect Spanish tortilla recipe to rely on whenever we need it.

And is that a good homemade tortilla, more or less juicy, fine or chubby, comes well on almost any occasion . To start a meal, for dinner with some tomato sauce and bread, as an aperitif or lunch, for a snack dinner with friends, to take away or to prepare sandwiches … The said, no home without your tortilla recipe of patatos.

7 Ratatouille or Vegetable Pisto


We passed on to France with one of their classic dishes, the ratatouille , which is nothing more than a version of our pisto . Recipes for pisto are also as many as families – or casi – with their regional variants, but the important thing is that it is a fabulous vegetable dish that can be combined in a thousand ways throughout the year.

There are those who add a lot of tomato, others do not have eggplant or zucchini, you can add pumpkin, leave the vegetables more whole or almost undone. I like to make industrial quantities when I get to it, I freeze a part and I have remains for the whole week. In summer it is great served cold and accompanies very well meats, fish and eggs.

8. Meatballs in Spanish sauce


Meatballs like large and small , can also be frozen without problems and are ideal to take to work on the pie. In this recipe of baked meatballs in Spanish sauce we also save fry, making them lighter and avoiding the fuss of frying that always gives some laziness.

The Spanish sauce is another basic of the traditional recipes that does not keep any mystery. Simple ingredients are required to prepare a thick sauce that dresses wonderfully to the meatballs and that will make us wet bread. They can be filled with potatoes or rice to make this recipe a dish of the most complete.

9. Potatoes to La Rioja

Potatoes to la Riojana

La Rioja potatoes are a regular dish in the north of Spain, but have also conquered diners from other regions. My mother actually prepares them in vegetarian version without the chorizo, although for many that is little more than a sacrilege.

Potatoes, chorizo, green pepper, choriceros peppers, onion, paprika … It is undoubtedly a humble dish, but tremendously comforting and satiating . According to the recipe you can incorporate garlic and chilli, more or less sausage or become more or less flavorful. It is convenient to prepare them the same day or just the day before, and always let the stew rest a little before tasting it.

10. Stewed Lentils


We entered the section legumes , a basic of our diet that we should never forget when we became independent and began to cook. Lentils are usually the first choice when you start on the stove, and should not frighten even the novice because preparing classic stewed lentils is easier than you usually believe.

In each house is given its special touch and each region brings its local personality, but in any case we prefer to recommend a lighter recipe than is associated with a plate of lentils. Today it is not necessary to load them with fat and sausages , so we will have a very healthy and complete dish that we can cook often without problems.

11. Stewed Beans


Beans, beans, beans … there are many names for them and many variations, from the simple white to the pints, the blacks or the great jews. Some good stewed beans are always grateful for hungry stomachs, in this case also prepared in quick pot.

The recipe uses caricos, a red Cantabrian variety, but we use any other similar bean of season. It is a simple dish with vegetables that are crushed apart to give consistency to the stew, leaving a sauce that is to wet bread. If we want to make it more complete just add a handful of rice and some meat.

12. Stewed chickpeas

Stewed chickpeas

They complete the trio of our most traditional legumes the chickpeas, in this case with a simple recipe of stewed chickpeas . Another great dish to take or freeze , which can be used to start the menu or as a complete meal if we serve a good accompaniment.

The recipe is prepared in a short time if we already have cooked chickpeas, so it is not sacrilegious to have in the depensa some jars of canned vegetables , as long as it is of quality and without added foreign ingredients. In summer they also come very well to make vegetable salads well complete, combining wonderfully with almost everything.

13. Pork stew with vegetable stew

Pork Stew

The lean pork meat is just as valid as the classic veal stew for cooking stews like this pork stew with vegetable stew . It is the type of simple recipes that will be a success if we opt for ingredients of real quality, like the wine that plays a great role in the sauce.

14. Veal with peas and carrots

Veal with peas

Also of all life is the veal recipe with peas and carrots , a good way to combine quality meat with vegetables, we can use frozen if they are good, or bet on fresh produce if we are in season. We are before another stew of those who gain in taste past the hours , so it is a good idea to cook it the day before or devote the Sunday afternoon to fill the tray of work during the week.

15. Roasted chicken with apples and mushrooms

Grilled chicken

Chicken meat is very helpful in any home, because of its price and versatility, besides being little fat. An essential preparation is baked, as in this chicken recipe roasted with apples and mushrooms , a delight. The mushrooms can be changed by another vegetable according to the season, but I would not recommend dispensing with the apple.

The good thing about chicken is that we can cook a whole piece if we are many at home, or just use loose parts at convenience , such as hind quarters, thighs or thighs. The skin is not recommended to eat it but it is much more tasty if left during baking. We could also prepare it with pieces of turkey or with picantones.

16. Curried chicken in 10 minutes

Chicken Curry in 10 minutes

We all know how to make a grilled or breaded chicken fillet, but I like to use the breasts to cook recipes like this chicken curry in 10 minutes . With the ingredients prepared, it really takes a long time to have ready a dish of the most delicious, ideal to accompany with aromatic white rice to take advantage of the rich sauce.

17. Hake in green sauce

Hake in green sauce

Some newly independent fish tend to neglect their weekly menus, so remember some of the more traditional and simple recipes like hake in green sauce . With quality raw material is a real delicacy , since we can also enrich it by adding white clams or asparagus. To wet bread.

18. Baked Gold with Potatoes

Baked Dorada with Potatoes

Baked fish are very helpful because they hardly involve difficulty or preparation. If we ask the fishmonger to make the task easier leaving the pieces ready to roast, we do not have many more excuses not to prepare at least once a week recipes like the golden one with the orno with potatoes . In my house I never failed during my childhood.

We can add some vegetables or tomato to the potatoes, and give another touch to the fish with a little cider or cava, but in any case, it is an essential recipe. It will look great also with sea bass or pink, even with sea bream or cod loins . Of course, if you can find seabass or sea bream fresh, the result compared to farmed fish will have no point of comparison.

19. Nice with tomato

Bonito fish with tomato

Among the simpler preparations for cooking blue fish we have the simple griddle or grill, or the embers of the barbecue for examples such as sardines, but if we want a plate with more substance there is nothing like the bonito with tomato . Ideal for when it is full season, it also looks great with tuna and even with emperor . We can use the homemade tomato sauce we saw at first.

20. Creamy Rice with Mussels

Rice with mussels

We link the sea with the rice with this recipe of creamy rice with mussels . It may sound intimidating to the newbies, but it’s the ones we like: easy, rich and cheap. The mussel is the cheapest seafood on the market and sometimes a little forgotten, but you can give us silver as this rice is also healthier and full.

21 Baked rice

Baked rice

Typical recipes of rice dishes, especially the Levantines, sometimes frighten a little, but recipes like traditional baked rice are not difficult to master and will make you feel like a great chef. It is a Valencian classic that demonstrates that there is much beyond the paella, a recipe that can cost more experience to perfect.

22. Vegetable Paella

Vegetable paella

As Murcia I am, Murcian family Huertan, I can not help but feel a predilection for dishes like the vegetable paella . My mother and grandmother used to cook vegetables from the orchard with rabbits or with shellfish, sometimes with the humble chicken, but totally vegetarian versions like these are also a delight, especially using seasonal products.

23. Easy and quick recipe of fideuá


If we tire of rice but we love seafood, there is nothing like a good fideuá , this time also with its quick and easy version. A whole gentleman to be like a king if we have guests at home, without having to sacrifice all morning in the kitchen. Some people prefer a thinner noodle, but the thick is another very tasty option that also gains a lot with the flavor of the homemade broth.

24. Macaroni with au gratin

Macaroni gratin

It is rare the home that does not have its usual pasta recipes, those that are usually repeated one or two days a week. I love to try new recipes but I recognize that there is something comforting in those typical pasta dishes that our mothers always cooked. And there is nothing that comforts more than a macaroni gratin to the bolognese . The ** baked pasta is a real treat ** that here also becomes a complete dish thanks to the substantial sauce.

25. Traditional carbonara paste


By becoming more traditional in Italian gastronomy, it is worth learning how to prepare a traditional carbonara sauce . No, it does not take cream, the authentic sauce is made with egg, bacon, cheese and little else. Of course the sacrilegious versions with dairy are also very rich, but try the true recipe and you will see why it is so dear in Italy.

26. Tagliatelle with pesto and asparagus

Tagliatelle al pesto

The usual alternative to tomato sauces to accompany pasta is the popular Genoese pesto . Making it homemade is very easy and allows us to adjust the ingredients to our liking. A good way to enjoy it is in a recipe like these tagliatelle with pesto and asparagus , delicious combination of pasta with vegetables.

27. Homemade Pizza


It is all too easy to turn to home-made orders when we enter the pizza craving, or fill the freezer with precooked, but it can not be compared to a homemade pizza recipe . It is not difficult although it requires a bit of planning, and with the process in video you are sure to end up encouraging them to try the mass for yourselves. The ingredients to complete it can already be to your liking, there are thousands of options to never tire and enjoy this small gastronomic pleasure at home.

28. Rice with traditional milk

Rice pudding

We enter the desserts that everyone should dominate if they want to take their greedy nostalgia when they become independent. Traditional rice with milk is one of those recipes that reminds us of our childhood , with that rich odor that flooded the kitchen when our mother went to work in front of the fire. Do you like more liquid or thicker? In any case, a temptation that is worth preparing for yourself.

29. Homemade custard


Another typical dessert where there are, and even easier than the previous one, are homemade custard , with its essential biscuit and its vanilla flavor. The traditional creamy and soft texture is not hard to come by, and when you do it for the first time you’ll be amazed how easy they are and how little it costs to treat yourself at home. The trick is not to prepare them every day.

Apple pie in fifteen minutes

Apple pie

Ideal if we have visitors, the apple pie in fifteen minutes will be fixed in your cookbook for special occasions in which there is not much time to invest in a dessert. If baking is not your thing you will love discovering your pastry skills with this delicious and simple cake , which you can accompany with ice cream or whipped cream to give it a more professional finish.

31. Yoghurt cake

Yogurt cake

To finish this compilation, you could not miss the classic yogurt cake that is repeated in so many homes. With small variations according to each family, it is a basic homemade pastry perfect to have a breakfast or sweet snack . In addition it can be varied with different aromas, adding fruit or chocolate, or even use it like base of more elaborated pies.

If you are going to become independent soon you can start practicing in the stove with these basic recipes that you would like to learn before leaving the family home. They are simple dishes, essential for the day to day and that will allow you to organize varied weekly menus. Many recipes also freeze perfectly and most allow variations to taste, to thicken your recipe. What would be your essential recipes?

Author: Sandeep Shinde