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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Family batch cooking recipes

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Double bean and roasted 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.

6. Easy beef stew with sweet potato topping

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.

7. 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!

8. Aubergine parmigiana lasagne

Aubergine lasagne in dish

Freeze this beautiful and bubbling cheesy dish before or after baking for a comforting batch cooking fix. This genius dish is a combination of two Italian classics, parmigiana and lasagne, it's ideal for a family supper. Make our fabulous freezable aubergine parmigiana lasagne for when you need an indulgent veggie dinner.

9. Sausage cassoulet

Sausage cassoulet in dish and bowl

Use up any cans of beans knocking around in your cupboards and make our sausage cassoulet. Our classic French sausage casserole is made in a slow cooker, so no sweating it out in the kitchen and it's perfect for batch cooking. Serve with chunks of fresh bread for mopping up the sauce.

10. Carrot & parsnip soup

Carrot and parsnip soup in bowl with parsley

Freezable soups are a great way to pack plenty of veg into your family's diet. This creamy carrot & parsnip soup makes a beautifully warming supper, perfect for busy nights when you need a hug in a bowl. Enjoy with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.

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