Easy Recipes for Beginners

Easy single serving recipes that are perfect for those learning how to cook. These recipes are ideal for teachers teaching students remotely or in the classroom. They are also wonderful for parents and caregivers to use to teach children how to cook.

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Learn to Cook with Easy Recipes

Here at One Dish Kitchen, we focus on creating single serving recipes. Through our new Recipes for Beginners section, we hope to make learning to cook easy and empowering.

Beginners of all ages can learn culinary skills with recipes that are simple to make. 

Teaching Students to Cook

For teachers, whether through homeschooling, remote teaching, or in-class teaching, we have a few tips to help get the students started:

  • Review with your student the cooking task first.

  • Walk through the recipe, discuss what equipment is needed and safe practices.

  • Give them the space they need to try following the recipe on their own. If they start to struggle, step in to help.

You know your student best so when choosing a recipe for them to make, take into account their age and ability.

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Easy Breakfast Recipes

Small Batch Strawberry White Chocolate Scones | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Strawberry Scones

This lovely Strawberry White Chocolate Scones recipe makes 4 buttery, delicious scones. Made with fresh strawberries and white chocolate chips, these fruit filled scones are perfect for breakfast or dessert. So easy to make too!

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blueberry muffin

Blueberry Muffin For One

This big, bakery style Blueberry Muffin is loaded with plump, sweet blueberries and can be baked in a ramekin. It’s got a tender texture and wonderful buttery flavor. If you love blueberries, you’ll be glad to know that you’re likely to find juicy blueberries in every single bite!

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French Toast For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy French Toast Recipe For One

This fabulous french toast recipe is the best! Learn how to make french toast with a few simple ingredients and two easy steps. With buttery, crisp edges and a soft center, this french toast recipe will surely make your morning special.

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baked oatmeal with berries in bowl

Baked Oatmeal With Fruit For One

This Easy Baked Oatmeal is the best way to start your day! It's almost like eating a warm oatmeal cookie in a bowl. Naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup and filled with fruit. This single serving breakfast is baked in one pan for easy cleanup.

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Pancakes For One | One Dish Kitchen

Fluffy Pancake Recipe For One

How To Make Pancakes for One - this easy recipe includes a step by step VIDEO showing how to make a stack of three soft, fluffy pancakes. These pancakes taste great on their own, but are also perfect for add-ins like chocolate chips or mashed banana.
Enjoy with your favorite toppings: butter, syrup, fruit, and more.

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cheese baked eggs | one dish kitchen

Cheesy Baked Eggs For One

These Cheesy Baked Eggs are are a great way to start the day! In this easy to make, single serving baked eggs recipe, two eggs are mixed with cream or milk, blended with cheese and seasonings and baked in a ramekin. This low carb, delicious breakfast can be ready in under 20 minutes.

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Biscuits For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Small Batch Biscuit Recipe

These drop biscuits are so easy to make and are the best tasting, soft and buttery biscuits! Ready in 20 minutes, this small batch recipe delivers the perfect number of biscuits to serve one or two people. Easy step by step instructions included in the recipe.

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Cinnamon Rolls For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

You won't believe how easy it is to make homemade cinnamon rolls! No yeast and ready in 30 minutes. These cinnamon rolls are heavenly, they're sweet, gooey, fluffy, and incredibly delicious. Made with refrigerator biscuits.

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toaster pastries | one dish kitchen

Homemade Toaster Pastries

If you love pop-tarts, you'll love this homemade Toaster Pastries recipe! Easily made with refrigerated pie crust, filled with Nutella or your favorite jam and baked in the oven. Just like the toaster pastries you can buy at the grocery, only better!

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Easy Dessert Recipes

frozen chocolate bananas

Frozen Chocolate Banana

A frozen chocolate banana makes the perfect treat! Made with just one banana, chocolate and sprinkles for fun. So easy to make and the perfect cure for a sweet craving.

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Strawberry Shortcake For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Strawberry Shortcake For One

This Strawberry Shortcake recipe is the perfect size to satisfy a sweet tooth. One homemade buttery shortcake biscuit sliced in half and filled with sweet sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Ready in minutes!

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two chocolate cupcakes | one dish kitchen

Two Chocolate Cupcakes

You'll love this easy and delicious small batch chocolate cupcake recipe! These cupcakes are light and tender and topped with a rich, luscious chocolate buttercream frosting. This wonderful recipe will yield TWO of the best tasting chocolate cupcakes.

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peanut butter pie for one

Peanut Butter Pie For One

Easy peanut butter pie recipe with a buttery graham cracker crust. This decadent and indulgent creamy peanut butter pie is made with just a few ingredients. It's a single serving dessert that's the perfect cure for a sweet craving.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One

An easy to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake made from scratch. This classic dessert features a tender, buttery cake with a perfectly caramelized pineapple slice and a cherry. This single serving treat is baked in a ramekin and is the perfect dessert for one.

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oatmeal cookies - small batch | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Oatmeal Cookies

This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe! This small batch of soft oatmeal cookies are ones you'll want to keep in your cookie jar. Filled with oats and raisins, these cookies are buttery and crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the centers. Better than Grandma's!

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Microwave Fudge For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Microwave Fudge

This is the easiest Microwave Fudge Recipe! All you need are chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and chopped nuts to make this rich single serving dessert. Perfect for gift giving or to satisfy a chocolate craving.

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie in Ramekin with spoon scooping out a bite

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie For One

This is the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe! Buttery, crisp edges and a warm, gooey center, this deep dish chocolate chip cookie can be baked in a ramekin and eaten with a spoon or baked on a cookie sheet. It's so easy to make and is a delightful indulgent treat for one person.

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Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake For One

This two ingredient chocolate cake recipe is truly amazing! Just an egg and melted chocolate are the only ingredients you need to make this decadent treat. This single serving flourless chocolate cake will crave your most intense chocolate craving and it's so easy to make too!

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Vanilla Ice Cream For One | One Dish Kitchen

Vanilla Ice Cream For One

Easy recipe for homemade No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream For One. No ice cream maker and no cooking required. This single serving, egg-free, 3-ingredient ice cream is perfect to cure your ice cream cravings. It's rich, creamy, and so easy to make!

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Easy Dinner Recipes

crustless pizza quiche.

Crustless Pizza Quiche For One

Satisfy a pizza craving with this fabulous crustless pizza quiche! This single serving low carb quiche is filled with plenty of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Easy to make and cooks in less than 30 minutes.

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flour tortillas

Small Batch Flour Tortillas Recipe

Skip the store and make a small batch of fresh homemade tortillas with this easy flour tortilla recipe. Better than store-bought, these flour tortillas are made with pantry staples and can be ready in minutes.

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Taco Casserole For One | onedishkitchen.com

Easy Taco Casserole

You won't believe how easy it is to make this Taco Casserole! Add seasoned ground beef and cheese between crisp layers of crunchy tostadas and bake in the oven. A quick, easy, and tasty single serving meal.

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Macaroni and Cheese For One | One Dish Kitchen

Macaroni and Cheese For One

This homemade macaroni and cheese is so creamy and extra cheesy. Made on the stovetop, this single serving mac and cheese recipe is easy to make and can be ready in minutes. It's the perfect size for one person!

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Fried Rice in a light blue bowl

Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice Recipe For One - this Chinese-style fried rice is the best! Quick to make and easily customizable with your favorite vegetables and/or protein. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

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Chicken Tenders For One | One Dish Kitchen

Baked Chicken Tenders For One

This is the BEST baked chicken tenders recipe! Chicken strips dipped in melted butter, then dredged in bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a flavorful mix of spices. Bakes in 20 minutes! This small batch recipe makes 8-10 crispy oven baked chicken tenders.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Casserole Recipe For One

This is the best Tuna Casserole recipe! This wonderful tuna casserole is made with a rich and creamy homemade sauce, noodles, and just 1 can of tuna. It's the ultimate single serving comfort food!

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Crustless Quiche Lorraine For One

Low Carb Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Low carb Crustless Quiche Lorraine recipe - this incredibly delicious single serving quiche is made with two eggs, cream, crispy bacon, and cheese. A high protein meal that is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Easy Pizza Monkey Bread Recipe

Pizza Monkey Bread, a fun twist on traditional pepperoni pizza! Easy to make, this savory monkey bread is made with refrigerated biscuit dough, cheese, and pepperoni all baked in a small baking dish. Recipe makes enough to serve one or two people. Step-by-step video can be found in the recipe.

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