The best batch cooking family recipes

Batch cook these tasty family meals to save time and stress. Just freeze the leftovers and save for a later date, knowing the kids will love every mouthful.

Meatballs and spaghetti on plate with fork

Be prepared for the week ahead with these delicious and filling family batch cooking recipes. Feed a hungry crowd and freeze portions for speedy meals as and when you want them. Pick your favourites from our rich ragus, brilliant Bologneses and super-charged veggie chillis. 

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Child-friendly slow cooker chilli

Child-friendly slow cooker chilli

Pack hidden veg into this chilli recipe, ideal for sticking in the slow cooker and dishing up at your leisure. With an average of six portions per batch, this freezable masterpiece is an instant family classic. Serve with rice or tacos with all the trimmings. 

Find out how to make more family slow cooker recipes for no-hassle weeknight dishes. 
 

Butternut squash and chickpea tagine

Butternut squash and chickpea tagine
This easy butternut squash tagine couldn't be easier to make and can be plated up in 30 minutes. This healthy supper also serves up four of your five-a-day and is freezable for future dinners. 

Take a look at our butternut squash collection for more satisfying suppers.
 

Easy pulled beef ragu 

Easy pulled beef ragu
Slow-cooked to perfection, this melt-in-the-mouth beef ragu is ideal for when you don't have time to watch a pot. It's perfect with pasta and plenty of cheese on top.
 

Burnt aubergine veggie chilli

Burnt aubergine veggie chilli
This burnt aubergine chilli tastes just as good as it looks. It's freezable and delivers four of your five-a-day. If you're looking for a low-fat, smoky, spiced supper you can't go wrong with a chilli and all the trimmings. Serve up with mashed avocado, soured cream and grated cheddar for a real crowd-pleaser. 

Take a look at our chilli collection.
 

Double bean and roasted pepper chilli

Double bean and roasted red pepper chilli
A great low-fat, healthy bean chilli that packs in flavour and plenty of portions for freezing. This warming bowl of beany goodness is best served with Tabasco on the side for extra heat and a dollop of cooling yogurt or soured cream.
 

Easy beef stew with sweet potato topping

Easy beef stew
This hearty beef stew with a sweet potato topping has plenty of hidden veg, so it's great for feeding picky children. This is true comfort food for when you get in late on a rainy day. The time it takes to prepare is well worth it and of course, you can make it ahead and freeze it.


Big-batch Bolognese

Big-batch bolognese
Here's a healthy Bolognese to feed a crowd. Why not cook up a feast at the weekend and freeze half for a speedy and delicious midweek meal? Or, it's easily halved if you need to feed fewer people. Remember to sprinkle with plenty of cheese!
 

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