16 best batch recipes

Those cool, collected parents—they do exist. They probably batch cook. Here are their secrets.

By Today's Parent
16 best batch recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Batch cooking for the win!

Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

Perfect for the cooler months, this hearty soup eats like a meal with big chunks of sausage and lots of soft veg to sink your teeth into. Get the recipe: Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

pot of minestrone with quinoa, kale, sausage and veggiesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Thai Red Shrimp Curry

Almost as easy as take-out, this flavourful curry comes together in just over 30 minutes. Pack it in the freezer then reheat when the time is right and serve alongside basmati rice. Get the recipe: Thai Red Shrimp Curry

bowl of red curry with shrimp and ricePhoto: Ryan Szulc


Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

Cold and flu season is no match for you with a big batch of this hearty soup simmering away. Get the recipe: Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

bowl of chicken noodle soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Corn Chowder with Chicken and Bacon

This rich, chunky bowl of kid-friendly corn chowder has layers of flavour (hi, leeks!) and goes from kernel to table in half an hour. You’ll be happy you froze a batch when the cold weather hits. Get the recipe: Corn Chowder with Chicken and Bacon

bowl filled with corn chowder with bacon and chickenPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Delicious Lentil and Kale Soup

Meet the ultimate batch-cooked recipe. Freeze this jam-packed soup (there’s lentils, kale, bacon and smoky paprika), defrost fully and reheat gently in a saucepan over medium-low, adding a little water and salt if needed. This soup will do you no harm. Get the recipe: Delicious Lentil and Kale Soup

bowl of chunky soup with lentils, kale and baconPhoto: Ryan Szulc


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Nothing says wholesome as much as a hearty bowl of stew. The slow cooker does most of the work for this recipe, so sit back and relax. When it’s time to reheat, try going old-school by adding dumplings on top. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

bowl of hearty beef stew with potatoes, carrots and peasPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Curried Lentil-Coconut Soup

A vegan soup doesn’t have to leave you starved. The plant-based protein of lentils will fill you up good. Warm whole-wheat pita does such a good job sopping up this creamy soup, you might not need to wash any spoons. Get the recipe: Curried Lentil-Coconut Soup

thermos filled with lentil soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

It’s nice having a meatless meal. This thick chili is minimum prep with maximum results and is so filling you won’t even miss the meat. Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

enamel bowl filled with chunky veggie chiliPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Shepherd’s Pie

It’s a classic for a reason. This veggie-stacked meat pie gets better with age and those potatoes on top? They get nice and crispy when reheated in the oven. Get the recipe: Shepherd’s Pie

bowl of shepherd's piePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Turkey-Bulgur Cabbage Rolls

We updated traditional cabbage rolls with lean ground turkey and bulgur—a whole grain that’s rich in protein and fibre—creating a recipe that’s great rolled up or deconstructed. Get the recipe: Turkey-Bulgur Cabbage Rolls

two cabbage rolls with tomato sauce on a platePhoto: Erik Putz

Easy Butter Chicken

Chicken thighs are more tender and flavourful than chicken breasts, perfect for saucy dishes like butter chicken. Freeze your extras then reheat and make rice for a quick, family-pleasing meal. Get the recipe: Easy Butter Chicken

butter chicken on top of rice with piece of naanPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Slow-Cooked Big Batch Bolognese

We’re not messing around with this bolognese. It’s got ground beef, pork and Italian sausage and lends itself to many dishes beyond pasta. Get the recipe: Slow-Cooked Big Batch Bolognese

Three jars of a red chunky pasta saucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Slow Cooker Braised Brisket

Brisket is a humble cut of beef—inexpensive and easy to prep. All it asks for in return is a little time. Braised over hours, brisket comes out succulent and tender. Pile it high on sandwiches or alongside a more formal spread like mashed potatoes and blanched vegetables. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Braised Brisket

Saucy braised beef and pickles on a sesame seed bunPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Smoky Campfire Beans

This side dish can be made entirely ahead and reheats beautifully (but also tastes amazing cold)—almost as easy as cracking a can of beans, but way more delicious. Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Giant Stuffed Cheesy Shells

Giant gooey cheese-stuffed shells are ready for your freezer. Make sure to double the recipe, because you’ll want to dig in right away. These are the best. Get the recipe: Giant Stuffed Cheesy Shells

casserole dish of stuffed pasta shellsPhoto: Erik Putz

Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

It’s nice to have pulled pork on your side for busy weeknights. Allot your portions so there’s packages with enough for a few weekday sandwiches (those lunches aren’t going to make themselves) or for a feeding frenzy at dinner. Get the recipe: Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

saucy pulled pork piled high on a bun with coleslawPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on Jun 04, 2019

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