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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.

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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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