Save on Pinterest

30 Trusty Recipes That We Learned in Home Ec

In Home Economics class, we mastered some basic kitchen skills—like how to use measuring cups—and a bunch of handy recipes, too.

1 / 30
Best Ever Mac Cheese Exps Thn16 198047 D06 14 3b 4

Best Ever Mac & Cheese

To make this amazing mac, I make a sauce loaded with three different cheeses to toss with the noodles. When baked, it's gooey goodness with a crunchy topping that...don't get me started! —Beth Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 / 30
Classic Chocolate Cake Exps Thcoms17 4522 B09 12 1b 6

Classic Chocolate Cake

If you need to learn how to make chocolate cake from scratch, this easy homemade chocolate cake recipe is a perfect place to start. It appeared on a can of Hershey's cocoa way back in 1943. I tried it, my boys liked it, and I've been making it ever since. —Betty Follas, Morgan Hill, California
3 / 30

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina
4 / 30

Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce

This recipe came from my home ec teacher in high school. I enjoy making it because you can throw it in the oven and still have time to do other things.—Yvonne Nave, Lyons, Kansas
5 / 30

Winning Apple Crisp

I live in apple country, and a delicious crisp is one good way to use them that doesn't take a lot of time. —Gertrude Bartnick, Portage, Wisconsin
6 / 30
Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Exps Ghtaj17 30118 C04 11 04 4

Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

After trying a few buttercream frosting recipes, this easy buttercream frosting takes the cake with its unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
7 / 30
Snickerdoodles Exps Sddj17 30098 A08 09 4b 6

Snickerdoodles

The history of this whimsically named treat is widely disputed, but the popularity of this classic cinnamon-sugar-coated cookie is undeniable! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
8 / 30

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

When our son, Chris, wants something other than cold cereal in the morning, he whips up these eggs. Cheese and evaporated milk make them especially good. They're easy to make when you're camping, too. —Chris Pfleghaar, Elk River, Minnesota
9 / 30
Fluffy Pancakes Exps Mrrmz16 7539 D09 09 1b 6

Fluffy Pancakes

This is the best fluffy pancakes recipe according to my family. They are quick and easy to prepare, but we still consider these homemade pancakes a special treat. —Eugene Presley, Council, Virginia
10 / 30
Peanut Butter Cookies Exps2733 5bs29733292b03 15 3bc Rms 5

Peanut Butter Cookies

It is amazing how much flavor these simple peanut butter cookies without brown sugar have. I make them very often because I always have the ingredients on hand. —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
11 / 30
Exps33211 Sd163324b08 14 2b 4

Traditional Meat Loaf

Topped with a sweet sauce, this traditional meat loaf recipe tastes so good that you might want to double it so everyone can have seconds. It also freezes well. —Gail Graham, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
12 / 30
Exps192832 Th163619d09 30 2b 32

The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. Of all the chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this type of soup is my favorite and is in heavy rotation from November to April. It has many incredibly devoted fans.—Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado
13 / 30

Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

As someone who grew up in the country, I love getting out into nature whenever I can. I also love home-style recipes, including these yummy brownies. —Carol Prewett, Cheyenne, Wyoming
14 / 30
Creamy Celery Beef Stroganoff Exps Hscb16 33390 D07 14 5b 5

Creamy Celery Beef Stroganoff

Cream of celery soup adds richness to a recipe that has become a family favorite. It’s so simple to prepare and, oh, that flavor! —Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
15 / 30
Frosted Cinnamon Rolls Exps12778 Ucf2458347b10 27 9bc Rms 2

Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

These pretty cinnamon rolls are absolutely marvelous and taste just like the ones sold at the mall. Topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting, they are best served warm with coffee. Or reheat leftover rolls in the microwave and enjoy any time of day. —Velma Horton, LaGrange, California
16 / 30
Aunt Betty's Blueberry Muffins

Aunt Betty's Blueberry Muffins

My Aunt Betty is quite a baker, but I look forward to these mouthwatering blueberry muffin recipe the most. She gives me enough so that I can freeze and enjoy them for weeks. —Sheila Raleigh, Kechi, Kansas
17 / 30
Traditional Lasagna Exps Thnd16 12003 C07 26 6b 2

Traditional Lasagna

My family first tasted this rich, homemade lasagna recipe at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. This classic lasagna recipe is requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois
18 / 30
Perfect Pizza Crust Exps Wrsm17 42973 B03 30 5b 8

Perfect Pizza Crust

I have spent years trying different recipes and techniques, looking for the perfect pizza crust recipe—and this is it! I'm amazed that I finally found a crust recipe my family prefers over the pizza parlor's! —Lesli Dustin, Nibley, Utah
19 / 30
Big Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies Exps Tham19 156150 C11 14 3b 13

Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

My take on the classic cookie is inspired by a bakery in California called Hungry Bear. It's big, thick and chewy—truly the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin
20 / 30
Meat Sauce For Spaghetti Exps30680 Sd2856494b12 11 5bc Rms 3

Meat Sauce for Spaghetti

Here's a thick, hearty sauce that turns ordinary spaghetti and garlic bread into a filling feast. When I'm in a hurry, I make this slow cooker recipe in an electric frying pan instead. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
21 / 30
Exps6086 Hb133235c07 19 4b Web 4

Apple Pie

I remember coming home sullen one day because we'd lost a softball game. Grandma, in her wisdom, suggested, "Maybe a slice of my homemade apple pie will make you feel better." One bite, and Grandma was right. If you want to learn how to make homemade apple pie filling, this is really the only recipe you need. —Maggie Greene, Granite Falls, Washington
22 / 30
De Lightful Tuna Casserole Exps Hrbz16 35345 B09 08 4b 6

De-Lightful Tuna Casserole

This mild, homemade tuna casserole will truly satisfy your family's craving for comfort food without all the fat! —Colleen Willey, Hamburg, New York
23 / 30
Exps24870 Sd153319c10 10 7b 2

Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joes

My grandma gave this recipe to me years ago, but I made a few changes to give this yummy supper more pizzazz. —Jill Zosel, Seattle, Washington
24 / 30

Hard-Boiled Eggs

In the kitchen, it's important to start with something simple, like how to cook hard-boiled eggs. Use this egg recipe in plenty of dishes, or eat them plain for a quick protein fix. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
25 / 30
Freezer Salsa Exps Ft20 18644 F 0922 1 1

Freezer Salsa

Kids in the home economics class at the school where I teach were making this freezer salsa, and it smelled so good that I got the recipe. It's a great way to use up garden produce. —Deanna Richter, Elmore, Minnesota
26 / 30
Sunday S Best Chicken Exps Ghtjm17 42200 D03 22 15b 4

Sunday's Best Chicken

I am the busy mom of four and a nursing student, so weeknight dinners are often rushed. Sunday dinners are very important to our family and everyone loves when I make this old-fashioned chicken recipe. It's the best chicken recipe there is!—Amy Jenkins, Mesa, Arizona
27 / 30

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

One of the nice things about this easy pudding is you don't have to stand and stir it. This is a must for us at Christmas—at Thanksgiving and Easter, too! I also make it into a pie with graham cracker crust that our grandchildren love. —Amber Sampson, Somonauk, Illinois
28 / 30

Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwich

We’re crazy for BLTs. A nearby roadside stand carries gorgeous tomatoes every summer. We load up, then stuff our sandwiches with the usual suspects, plus smoked turkey and cheese. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia
29 / 30

Braised Pork Loin Chops

An easy herb rub gives sensational taste to boneless braised pork chops that can be cooked on the stovetop in minutes. The meat turns out tender and delicious. —Marilyn Larsen, Port Orange, Florida
30 / 30
Homemade Pasta Dough Exps183200 Th143191b11 12 22b Rms 3

Homemade Pasta Dough

Go for it. Once you try homemade pasta, you're hooked. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!
cover
Subscribe & SAVE Save Up To 80%!