Cooking is an art form perfected only through practice. Even if you don't know how to cook, a basic set of recipes is all you need to commence your culinary adventures. But that's not to say your inaugural dishes shouldn't be savory or exotic. Whether you know a few simple meals to get by or you need help boiling water, these easy recipes are flavorful and virtually foolproof.


1. The Classic Pizza Margherita

Made with few ingredients, the bright colors of a classic Pizza Margherita are a tasty homage to Italy's flag. To make your own, start by preheating the oven to 500 degrees. Lay one prepackaged sheet of pizza dough out onto a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin to flatten the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Next, scoop 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce onto the dough and spread it almost to the edges with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, then place slices of mozzarella on top of the sauce. Finish with 5 basil leaves, roughly torn, and bake for 4-5 minutes until crispy.

Pizza Margherita is a traditional minimalist recipe Fudio / Getty Images

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