17 Family Meal Ideas for Beginner Cook

Spaghetti Bolognese

Classic and comforting, cook ground beef or turkey with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and Italian herbs, then serve over cooked spaghetti with grated cheese.


Prepare seasoned ground beef or chicken, and set out an array of toppings such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Let everyone build their own tacos using soft tortillas.

Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables

Arrange chicken breasts and your choice of chopped vegetables on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning, and roast until cooked through.


Sauté sliced chicken, beef, or tofu with colorful vegetables in a stir-fry sauce (soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and a little honey), then serve over rice or noodles.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

Make classic grilled cheese sandwiches and serve them with a side of canned or homemade tomato soup for a comforting and quick meal.

One-Pot Pasta

Cook your favorite pasta in a large pot with vegetables, broth, and seasonings for an easy one-pot meal that requires minimal cleanup.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Mix cooked chicken with cooked rice, vegetables, and cream of mushroom soup. Top with cheese and bake until bubbly.

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Bake potatoes until tender, then top with cooked bacon, grated cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions.