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10 back-to-school recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 1 September 2016

Get set for the return to school this autumn with our collection of easy school-night meals for the whole family. From succulent turkey meatballs to all-in-one traybakes, these recipes will help you get dinner on the table with minimum fuss and maximum flavour.

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

by Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware

A tangy tomato sauce meets tender meatballs in this turkey twist on a classic. Serve with spaghetti and a big crunchy salad.

All-in-one Paella with Chicken, Peppers and Chorizo

All-in-one Paella with Chicken, Peppers and Chorizo

If the kids love a paella but you’re looking for an easier version, look no further than this one-pot wonder from The Roasting Tin Around the World, featuring chicken, peppers, chorizo and plenty of rice to satisfy those after school appetites.

Nadiya Hussain’s One-tray Peanut Chicken

Nadiya Hussain’s One-tray Peanut Chicken

This easy traybake is a midweek favourite. Served with gnocchi and broccoli, this peanut chicken dish is a complete and filling meal the whole family will love.

Mary Berry’s Romano Pepper and Herb Penne

Mary Berry’s Romano Pepper and Herb Penne

Dried pasta dishes are weeknight saviours. This recipe packs a punch of flavour with salty, crispy Parma ham, sweet roasted red peppers and fragrant fresh herbs.

Hit ‘n’ Run Traybaked Chicken

Hit ‘n’ Run Traybaked Chicken

If chicken dishes go down well in your house, you’ll get nothing but clean plates after serving this quick traybake. This recipe is perfect for busy evenings as after minimal prep, the oven does all the hard work for you.

One-pan Creamy Squash Pasta

One-pan Creamy Squash Pasta

by Georgina Hayden

This simple pasta dish is comforting, substantial and packed with veg. Almost like a risotto, this one-pot pasta creates its own delicious sauce from stock and starch.

Quick Chicken, Leek and Chorizo Pie

Quick Chicken, Leek and Chorizo Pie

Pie on a weeknight is possible with this speedy recipe. Chorizo and leeks give a hit of flavour to an otherwise traditional chicken pie topped with buttery puff pastry.

Jamie Oliver’s Greens Mac’n’Cheese with Leek, Broccoli, Spinach and Toasted Almond Topping

Jamie Oliver’s Greens Mac’n’Cheese with Leek, Broccoli, Spinach and Toasted Almond Topping

Family favourite mac ‘n’ cheese gets a makeover from Jamie Oliver. This version is loaded with veg and is perfect for feeding a crowd.

Nadiya Hussain’s Hoop Fish Bake

Nadiya Hussain’s Hoop Fish Bake

Nadiya Hussain’s easy fish bake is bound to become a family favourite thanks to the addition of spaghetti hoops. This recipe can be doubled-up, meaning you can save one in the freezer for a future busy weeknight.

Veggie Bolognese Loadsa Veg, Lentils & Parmesan

Veggie Bolognese Loadsa Veg, Lentils & Parmesan

Switch out your regular Bolognese for Jamie Oliver’s version packed with fibre-rich vegetables and lentils. This simple recipe is bound to become one of you weeknight staples.

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