17 Recipes Every College Grad Should Know

You learned a lot in college, obviously, but there are some things that just didn't get mentioned during your psych seminar — like these recipes every college grad should know. Now that you're no longer limited to your dorm kitchen, the possibilities are endless when it comes to all the amazing dishes you can whip up. Say goodbye to ramen and late-night pizza runs. From yummy pasta to fish tacos to the simplest way you'll ever find to roast a chicken, meal time just became way more delicious.

By Jenny Xu

Last week, we showed you 18 dishes college grads should know how to make without a recipe in order to feed themselves on a daily basis, but what about those once-in-a-while occasions that pop up? Maybe mom is coming over, and you want to show off your new cooking prowess. Maybe it's your best friend's birthday, and you need a cake. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself, whether that means a hearty batch of homemade granola, or a huge plate of fries. Whether it's something that you'll want to make once a week or once a year, we've got 17 special occasion recipes that will help you rise to the occasion:

1. Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Genius Recipes

2. No-Knead Sandwich Bread by Carey Nershi

3. Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta by Genius Recipes

4. Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

More: If you really want to wow someone, make fresh pasta from scratch.

5. Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs Over Rice) by The Cooking of Joy

6. Sweet Potatoes Roasted in Coconut Oil by Gena Hamshaw

7. Patricia Wells' Fake Frites by Genius Recipes

8. Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice by Ashley Couse | Bloom & Nourish

9. Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken by Genius Recipes

10. Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale by Genius Recipes

11. Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser

12. Classic Chicken Piccata by Linda Johnson

13. Funfetti Cake by molly yeh

14. Dorie Greenspan's Hot (and Cold) Chocolate by Genius Recipes

15. Alice's Chocolate Pudding by Alice Medrich

16. The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

17. Chocolate Chip Cookies by Phyllis Grant

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