From Sunday roast to mid-week pasta, we've rounded up the top 15 family meals as voted by you. Not only have we rounded up the classics, we've given them a twist too! Come and see for yourselves
Most popular family meals – and how to give them a twist
If you love getting the family together and cooking up a hearty feast for the whole gang, there can often be some classic recipes which you end up making over and over. Casseroles, spag Bol and curry are only a few of your favourites.
Not only have we rounded up the classics, we’ve given them a twist too! So come and click through to see the top 15 family meals as voted by you…
Classic recipe: How to make meatballs
Classic recipe: Frittata
Classic recipe: Beef fajitas
a crunchy pastry lid and a rich, warm filling, pies are made for big
family dinners where everyone helps themselves and are free to grab
seconds… and maybe even thirds! We think they’re so popular because
they are nostalgic too, proper good old fashioned cooking at its best.
can experiment with any flavours you like thats to the versatility of
the pie. Try garlic butter and prawns or even last night’s curry in a
pastry shell is delicious! We’ve got hundreds more ideas for pie fillings in our pie recipes section.
Why so popular? Ready in a few short minutes and packed with healthy veggies, stir-fries are a great way to get that 5-a-day target into your whole family. You can switch up the ingredients to suit anyone’s tastes too.
How to give it a twist: Serve at the table with bowls of coriander, chillies and lime wedges so that everyone can have their’s how they like it. See more of our ideas in our stir-fry recipes section.
Why so popular? Smooth and creamy mashed potatoes and golden baked sausages are a match made in heaven. This is a simple dish which takes minutes to prepare and is always gone in a flash (in our experience!) It’s also the perfect winter warmer, especially when the kids have friends round for tea as it can stretch to feed a lot of people.
How to give it a twist: Try adding gravy and onions to the roasting tin while the sausages are cooking for a saucy treat. Or you could try our sausage and mash bake for a fun (and delicious twist)
Why so popular? This is another dish that saves on the washing up and is tasty too! This meal combines creamy mashed potatoes with a rich beef gravy – the perfect flavour partners. You can add breadcrumbs or grated cheese to the top for a crispy finish too – we just love this dish, and you do too!
How to give it a twist: Try switching the mashed potato topping for carrots or sweet potatoes instead for a healthier spin.
Why so popular? Popped into the oven and forgotten about, these little baked delights produce a full meal with just one ingredient – perfect for all you busy mums! With a crunchy outside and fluffy centre, it’s no wonder we love them so much. You can fill them with whatever you like too like: tuna, cheese or beans – the choice is yours!
How to give it a twist: Make your baked potatoes even tastier by scooping out the insides once cooked, mashing with spring onion and cheese and then putting back into the skin, sprinkle cheese on top and grill. You can even separate your potato into mash and skins. See more jacket potato filling ideas.
Why so popular? We’ve become a nation of spice lovers and we can’t get enough of fragrant sauces surrounding tender meat and fresh veggies that is a classic curry. The perfect meal to shift a cold or spice up the mid-week slog.
How to give it a twist: Try rubbing curry paste on meat or fish before frying for the taste of curry, but when you’re in in a hurry. If you usually stick to Indian curry, give a Thai curry a go – their as easy to make but have a wonderfully fragrant flavour. See more ideas for homemade curries in our special curry recipe section
Why so popular? Everyone loves pasta. You can find it in every supermarket, it doesn’t take long to cook and is perfect served with different sauces and meat and can be served for lunch or dinner – can’t you see, the possibilities are endless!
How to give it a twist: There is no end to the things you can do with pasta. Try it topped with cheese and baked in the oven or even as a pudding, cooked like rice pudding with cream and vanilla. See our pasta recipes collection for hundreds of ideas
Classic recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese
Why so popular? Spaghetti Bolognese is one of those delicious stand-by dinners which the kids love. Using tinned tomatoes and dried pasta, you can just about rustle this up from everyday essentials you have in the cupboard and fridge already. This Italian favourite is our favourite too!
How to give it a twist: Use turkey mince for a lighter version or Quorn if you’re being extra healthy! You can also stir some pesto through the tomato sauce for a flavoursome twist. See more of our great ways to mix up your spaghetti Bolognese
Classic recipe: Beef casserole
Why so popular? With slow cooked, tender meat and hearty root veggies, stews and casseroles are the best kind of winter comfort food. This one-pot dinner solution also makes its own delicious gravy with very little effort.
How to give it a twist: Adding a large spoonful of wholegrain mustard will give any stew a delicious kick. You can also try serving your casserole with couscous for a more Moroccan-style dish. See more delicious ideas in our casserole recipes section.
Classic recipe: Roast chicken
Why so popular? You can’t beat a British classic with all the trimmings. All ages love a roast dinner, especially a roast chicken, thanks to the juicy meat, rich gravy and crispy spuds. It’s also the perfect dish to sit down with the whole family over and have a good old chat.
How to give it a twist: Try pushing Asian flavours, like chilli, lemongrass and ginger, under the skin of your roast chicken before cooking for a fragrant flavour. See more delicious roast dinner recipes here.