Google returns 1,460,000 results for "best weeknight pasta recipe"—and 3,760,000 if you're looking for the "best layer cake recipe." With numbers like that, you'll wade through recipes for so long that you'll have no time to make any.
But recipe detective Posie Harwood of 600 Acres has proven that some of the most time-tested, reliable recipes are hiding in plain sight. All you have to do is open your pantry or cupboard and read the back of the box.
So put away the computer and the cookbooks and use ingredients that double as recipes. Here are 11 back-of-the-box recipes that are the best of the bunch.
Do you have a favorite back-of-the-package recipe Posie needs to know about? Share it in the comments below!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
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