Sure, you know what chicken noodle soup tastes like. You can probably taste it now just thinking about it. But would you know how to cook it? "Kid asked for chicken noodle soup," wrote our food and features editor, Carla Lalli Music, along with a photo she posted on Instagram. "So I bought chicken. And carrots and onions. And these. Then got home and realized I have never made chicken noodle soup and have no idea how."
We've definitely been there -- realizing that we've had macaroni and cheese a bazillion times, but couldn't tell you how to cook it; not knowing which veggies go into a chicken pot pie; just how long brownies have to bake. So, we've rounded up 22 basic recipes that everyone should know how to cook, from a pot of rice to pot roast. Master these, and you'll never find yourself stumped in the grocery store.