Best Batch Cooking Recipes: 33 Of Our Best Meal Prep Meals

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Playing Big Batch Cooking Ratatouille

Cooking for a family of any size can be time-consuming. And especially now — when you're making up to three meals a day for the whole family while you all stay home — you want to make each meal stretch as far as possible. That's where batch cooking comes in. 

All 33 of these batch cooking recipes serve at least 4, and most serve 6-8 or even 10-12. Some use an Instant Pot or slow cooker to make more servings with less work. Spend a Sunday (or whatever day you have time!) in the kitchen making these big batch recipes, then simply heat them up and serve or turn into rollover meals throughout the week to feed your family.

Batch Cooking Recipes That Freeze Well

1. Big Batch Cooking Ratatouille

2. Chicken Pot Pie: Double Batch Recipe You Can Make Ahead & Freeze

chicken pot pie

3. Sunny Anderson's Freezer Frittata

4. Cookie Monster's Sausage and Zucchini Strata

5. Kayla Itsines' Spinach and Tomato Mini Frittatas

6. Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Bowls With Cheesy Hash Browns

breakfast bowl

7. Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos With Sausage and/or Bacon

8. Freezer-to-Oven Entrée: Chicken Casserole Dinner

9. Freezer-To-Oven Mac 'n' Cheese

Mac and Cheese

10. Make-Ahead Freezer Sausage French Toast Roll-Ups

11. Rachael's Ribollita

12. Serious Three-Meat Chili

13. Firehouse Lasagna


14. Blanched Vegetables

15. Crispy Belgian-Style Waffles

16. Rachael's Roasted Broccolini and Baby Carrots

Roasted Broccolini and Baby Carrots
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17. Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

18. Caribbean Chicken with Black Bean Salad

19. Melissa Clark's Slow-Cooked Irish Oatmeal

20. Rachael's Chicken, Sausage and Farro Soup

farro soup
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21. Instant Pot White Beans with Sage | Milk Street

22. Instant Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

Make-Ahead Batch Cooking Recipes That Keep Well In The Fridge

23. Instant Pot "Rotisserie" Chicken

mexican shredded chicken

24. Brined Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

25. Sunday Spaghetti and Meatballs

26. Beef Burgundy

27. Carla Hall's Black-Eyed Pea Salad With Hot Sauce Vinaigrette

Black Eyed Peas
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28. Instant Pot Ropa Vieja (shredded beef) | Bobby Flay

29. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

30. Spinach & Artichoke Mac 'n' Cheese Bake | Half Baked Harvest

31. Instant Pot French Onion Soup | Half Baked Harvest

french onion soup
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32. Curtis Stone's Shortcut Ham and Navy Bean Soup

33. Poached Chicken

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