Food & Recipes

13 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook by Age 30

OK, so we're not teenagers anymore. Burnt toast and takeout pizza just won't cut it now that we're proper adults and expected to do proper adult things, like throwing dinner parties. Here's the good news: we don't need a fancy menu or the culinary skills of a Michelin star chef to cook our guests delicious food. Often, the best dishes are the simplest ones (and those Michelin star chefs would probably agree). 

By the age of 30, we should all have some basic, fundamental recipes in our skill set — for ourselves, our families and those last-minute dinner guests. The key is to start with recipes we love to eat, like a really great pasta dish, an exquisite chocolate cake or a stack of buttery pancakes. We'll love them even more once we've made them ourselves. And once we've mastered those, well, the sky's the limit.  

This post is sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes.

Master pancakes and save a fortune at IHOP. 

Whip up salsa year-round with this easy recipe that mixes diced canned tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice with a few other choice ingredients

Brown sugar brings a whole new dimension to this roasted tomato soup.

Finely diced jalapenos add heat to this gooey grilled cheese. Pair it with the roasted tomato soup on the previous slide for a full-on meal.

You need at least one creamy, decadent pasta recipe in your tool kit, so how about pasta carbonara?

Baked salmon in only 20 minutes, with minimal cleanup? Pass the parchment paper. 

It's hard to go wrong with the comfort of spaghetti and meatballs, especially when served with homemade sauce.

The ultimate comfort dish: mac and cheese

A go-to lasagna recipe like this one with meat sauce never gets old.

Birthdays, anniversaries, Tuesdays... there's always an occasion for a homemade chocolate cake