When it comes to cooking our skillset is limited, to say the least. It wasn’t until recently that we actually decided to think of cooking as a hobby, something we like to do on the weekends when we can invest the time and energy. We also like to make savory dishes so the effort is worth it, as they say.
Anyways, when we do decide to cook a meal, we often gravitate towards a recipe from Bon Appétit. The Anna Edit actually got us hooked on this website/YouTube channel and everything we’ve made from them has been literally incredible. They also have so many vegetarian options, that even our meat-eater boyfriends love!
We thought it could be helpful to compile a list of all the Bon Appétite recipes we’ve made to date, with our suggestions for modifications and ratings, so let’s get into it!
I’m starting off with our favorite dish, the spicy cheddar, and broccoli pasta. If you like pasta with cheese and a hint of spice you’ll love this. The breadcrumbs added such a nice textured and no flavor overpowered the other. We also love incorporating veggies into our dishes and the broccoli was perfect in this pasta. We used rigatoni pasta and ended up using broccolini instead of broccoli rabe which was an easy substitution. However, I do remember thinking it could have used more broccoli so if you use broccolini maybe try four bunches instead of three.
Difficulty level: Moderate- This wasn’t difficult per see but there were so.many.steps that you were meant to do simultaneously. If we were cooking this individually it would have been close to impossible LOL.
If you’re unfamiliar with the website, on some of the more popular recipes they actually include videos for each step that are incredibly helpful if you’re new to cooking like we are. This was also the most difficult BA recipe we’ve made so the videos are actually necessary. The reviews recommended swapping orecchiette for spaghetti and we’re so glad we followed that suggestion. Carbonara is usually made with spaghetti and it made the sauce more evenly distributed. This was such a rich, decadent pasta and honestly tasted like restaurant quality. Only taking off a star because it was a high-stress recipe. We were so worried that the sauce would turn eggy! Thankfully, it didn’t.
Difficulty level: High
We wanted to make a nice, summery pasta for the fourth of July and this recipe caught our attention right away (note we doubled the recipe to feed more people). It was probably the easiest BA recipe we’ve made thus far but we do have a few tips! We ended up using Rigatoni because that’s all Trader Joe’s had but I think next tie we would opt for a smaller pasta like orecchiette so the vegetables were evenly distributed.
Also, we ended up using two yellow squash, a bag of mini zucchini, and a bag of butternut squash. After it was cooked down we wished we had added more but we were so glad we opted for the mini zucchini because they were much easier to cut!
Lastly, we spent a lot of timing chopping the garlic and the garlic taste didn’t come through very much so we added garlic powder to compensate. We couldn’t find Aleppo pepper so we went with red pepper flakes and they were perfect!
Difficulty level: Low
We also wanted to make a dip for the fourth of July and had been wanting to try this one for a while so we gave it a go. This was also super easy and all the ingredients were pretty easy to find. We actually found the cheese at Target as part of their new Good & Gather collection, and it was delicious.
This dip is super onion heavy so if you don’t like onions you should skip this one! We used red onion because we prefer the flavor. Overall it was very easy to make, there was just a lot of chopping involved. We tried this with crackers and tortilla chips and liked it both ways!
Difficulty level: Low
We saw potato salad and potato chips and knew we had to try this one!! We used baby red potatoes in this recipe because duh. They cooked super well and this recipe was moderately simple. Again, there were just a lot of steps. More than we were expecting for potato salad. Overall the flavor was really good but slightly too rich for our taste. Also, the potatoes ended up tasting a bit dry when we went to eat leftovers the next day, so this doesn’t save as well as the above-mentioned pasta recipes!
Difficulty level: Moderate
In quarantine, we’ve been trying to cook more and as mentioned above, BA pasta recipes are our favorite. We know butternut squash is usually a fall thing but we love the flavor it provides and its a healthier way to get a creamy pasta sauce. This pasta has everything: crunch from the hazelnuts, spice from the red pepper, creaminess from the squash, and freshness from the basil. It’s a must-try in our opinion!
Difficulty level: Moderate- this one wasn’t difficult but there were a lot of steps so allow yourself some time. That’s the only reason for the slightly lower rating!
Another fantastic mushroom pasta from BA! This one seemed simple enough so we decided to try it in our dutch oven. We recently purchased a veggie chopper from Amazon that makes the chopping portion of any recipe so much quicker! We chopped our mushrooms slightly smaller than an inch, which I would recommend. The layering of the noodles and mushroom mixture in the dutch oven was a bit difficult. We think next time we’ll make this with bow tie pasta so that the pasta/mushroom ratio is more even. We’ll also add maybe 1 cup of water instead of 1 3/4 cup because we would have preferred the sauce to be thicker. The thyme is amazing with the mushrooms but we would also recommend adding more than 2 Tbsp.
Difficulty level: Moderate- this one was pretty simple until you have to start layering!
We’ll add to this post as we make more Bon Appétite recipes! I hope this is helpful!
All photos from bonappetite.com