The Arsenal®

Just started cooking? Is the kitchen as foreign to you as Uzbekistan? Have no fear. These are the recipes that will build the foundation of your pantry and teach you the skills you need to grow as a cook, not to mention rack up compliments faster than Katy Perry gains Twitter followers.

A ceramic bowl filled with hot and sour soup.

Hot and Sour Soup

This is, quite frankly, the loveliest hot and sour soup we’ve ever had, with none of the usual gloppiness of takeout Chinese. And it’s on the table in just 20 minutes.

  • (14)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 48
A scoop of big batch caramelized onions on a wooden spoon.

Big Batch Caramelized Onions

Your future self will thank you when you can just reach in your fridge for a batch of readymade caramelized onions ready to toss into dinner at a moment’s notice.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 7 H
  • 0
A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This toss-it-together-and-shove-it-in-the-oven casserole is exactly what macaroni and cheese ought to be—easy, cheesy, crumb-topped, and knee-wobblingly indulgent.

  • (18)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 56
A metal baking pan of gluten free brownies with one piece missing

Gluten-Free Brownies

These are, quite frankly, as fudgy and rich as the real deal. Despite being flourless. Swear. Make a batch and see if anyone can tell the difference.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
Six homemade English muffins in tins on a baking sheet and four empty tins.

English Muffins

Far easier to make than you might imagine. And unspeakably more flavorful than anything you can find that’s store-bought.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 14
A ball of semolina pizza dough on a floured surface.

Semolina Pizza Dough

A little semolina goes a looooong way in lending this dough an easy-to-knead workability and a surprisingly tooth-sinking texture. That’s right. Tooth-sinking.

  • (7)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 52
A wooden spoon spreading simple pizza sauce on a round of pizza dough.

Simple Pizza Sauce

Yes, homemade pizza sauce can be so silken, so simple, so toss-out-every-other-jarred-sauce satiating.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 4
A roast pork loin with apples and onions scattered around it on a baking sheet.

Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Onions

This pork loin, with its fennel and garlic rub and apples and onions roasted on the same sheet pan, is about to become your new favorite supper salvation.

  • (23)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 72
Seven sourdough bagels topped with poppy seeds.

Sourdough Bagels

The pleasing smack of sourdough was seemingly made to be melded with the awesomely chewy denseness of bagels. And it’s SO much easier than you’d expect!

  • (1)
  • 40 M
  • 10 H
  • 2
An almost empty jar of slow cooker apple butter with a spoon resting on the jar and smear of the apple butter beside it.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Things don’t get much simpler or more satisfying than apples, sugar, and spice coaxed to loveliness. A simple autumn staple made in a slow cooker.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 10 H
  • 20