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Batch cooking recipes

46 Recipes

Need to get ahead with food prep for the week? Try batch cooking one of our easy recipes and freezing the leftovers for a speedy midweek meal.

Big-batch bolognese

4.5

(48 ratings)

Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that's fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal...
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Slow cooker ratatouille

4.076925

(13 ratings)

Make up a batch of this slow-cooked ratatouille and freeze for easy midweek meals when you’re busy. Packed with nutrients, it also delivers four of your 5-a-day...
  • 6 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Crusty cheddar pies

4.555555

(18 ratings)

This recipe has been designed to be made ahead and frozen - a family-friendly batch pie, with cheesy mashed potato atop hidden broccoli, leeks and celery
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Soup maker broccoli and stilton soup

5

(9 ratings)

Make a batch of classic broccoli and stilton soup with the help of a soup maker. It's freezable so you can make ahead for busy days, or a packed lunch...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chilli Marrakech

4.761195

(67 ratings)

If you love spicy, aromatic dishes like tagine, this one-pot will become an instant favourite - it uses lean lamb mince but beef also works
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy

Sausage ragu

4.61682

(107 ratings)

Feed the family this comforting, budget-friendly sausage ragu with pasta. You can freeze the leftovers for another time and it tastes just as good
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Basic tomato sauce

4.265305

(49 ratings)

A good tomato sauce has countless uses. Make a big batch, then use in other dishes throughout the week
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Creamy curried chicken pie

5

(2 ratings)

Bake this pie for a family dinner, or simply batch cook the chicken curry base to freeze for later, then serve with rice or in jacket potatoes
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy

Spicy chicken cacciatore

4.384615

(13 ratings)

With a tub of homemade tomato sauce in the fridge, this dish is a cinch
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Bean & sausage hotpot

4.36207

(58 ratings)

Warm up after work with this ultimate comfort food dish, just add a buttery dollop of mash
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Slow cooker beef bourguignon

4.65625

(32 ratings)

Feed a crowd or freeze a batch of our comforting beef bourguignon. This classic recipe uses slow-cooked beef and red wine for a deliciously rich stew
  • 8 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Beef & pickle pasties

5

(2 ratings)

Bake pickle or chutney into traditional Cornish shortcrust pastry parcels to save serving on the side
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy

Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup

4.911765

(34 ratings)

Cook a big batch of this filling spiced lentil and squash soup and freeze the leftovers for a speedy supper another day. It's healthy and low in fat...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Faggots with onion gravy

4.583335

(24 ratings)

Made from pork shoulder and pigs liver, meatball-like faggots are a blast from the thrifty past - serve with mashed potatoes
  • 2 hours
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Beef with red wine & carrots

4.74648

(71 ratings)

Use this winter stew as a 'master recipe' - eat half, then use the rest in a pie or with pasta
  • 4 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Italian cottage pie

4.694445

(36 ratings)

Add a little 'mamma mia' to a beef stew with pancetta and oregano, and a crunchy topping of Parmesan-coated potatoes...
  • 5 hours
  • Easy

Friday night fish pie

4.574075

(54 ratings)

Everyone loves a fish pie. Lulu Grimes shares a delicious, easy recipe to pop in the freezer for those busy nights
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Pappardelle with beef

3.714285

(7 ratings)

Wide ribbons of pappardelle are the classic pasta to serve with a meaty sauce - you're bound to be going back for seconds
  • 4 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate flapjacks

4

(5 ratings)

Lovely for a lunchbox treat, these flapjacks have plenty of slow-burning carbs to keep you going through the afternoon
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rhubarb & custard crunch

4.8

(5 ratings)

Kids will enjoy assembling these little pots. If rhubarb isn't your thing, any cooked or canned fruit works well...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sugar-crunch fruitcake

4.166665

(6 ratings)

Moist fruit and a crunchy sugary topping mean it's impossible to have just one slice of this delicious cake
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy

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