The best recipes to try out on a weekend

If you love to cook in your spare time - or simply can't find another time to get your kitchen work done! - here are some recipes to make this weekend.

If cooking is something you love or something you hate, chances are you spend at least part of your weekend preparing or creating something from scratch. Whether it's a big dinner that you can take to lunch the following week, or a homemade pie to flex those baking muscles, we've got some great recipes to try in your next weekend cooking session.

Pasta dough

Making your own pasta is a rite of passage for anyone who can't get enough of Italian cuisine. Purist pasta-lovers will tell you there really is no other way. Yet, for a recipe with only a few ingredients, making your own dough can take a bit of time and mess to get right. To start you off right, try these recipes from Jamie Oliver, Michela Chiappa or Julio Castellano.

Saffron Tagliatelle

Homemade beef and spinach ravioli

Sausage pappardelle


If you're a parent who finds themselves thrust into bake sales and afternoon teas, a simple, go-to brownie recipe will become a life raft! Who better to look to for a scrumptious, no-fuss brownie recipe than a homecook and business mastermind, Donna Hay.

Molten choc-chunk brownies

Easy brownies

A roast dinner

They don't call it a Sunday roast for nothing! Roasts often take hours in the oven for the most moist and flavourful result. While during the week you may employ the assistance of your trusty slow-cooker, on the weekend you can pop your roast in the oven in the morning and go about the rest of your day with one eye on the prize. 

Jamie's Sunday roast

Neil Perry's rack of lamb

Donna's pork belly

Pies and tarts

Baking a pie might feel a bit retro, but your belly will thank you! These recipes tend to contain multiple steps, from the pastry to the filling to the baking or refrigerating. Needless to say, pie-making is definitely a weekend labour of love.

Lemon meringue pie

Wild mushroom tart


Successfully baking your own bread from scratch can be a proud experience. Not only will it be satisfying to eat the fruits of your labour for the rest of the week, the smell of baking bread filling your home will make your time at home especially cosy and pleasant.

Cinnamon banana bread

Paul West's sourdough

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