27 Easy dinners that teenagers can cook

What recipes does your teenager like to cook by themselves?

As the kids get older they become more capable of cooking independently. Some may like cooking for the family, where others may need to cook to help out the busy household. Some teenagers cook one night a week to begin with until they get the hang of how everything in the kitchen works. 

Here is a selection of easy recipes that teenagers can cook for the family or themselves!

1. Classic spaghetti bolognese

This simple spaghetti bolognese recipe is delicious, easy to make and only has 5 ingredients! You can minus the mushrooms if you don’t like them.

Find this Classic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe here. 

2. Chow Mein

A quick, easy and filling meal you teenager will cook again and again. 

Find Chow Mein recipe here. 

3. Pizza

Homemade pizza is the best! You can pick the topping and lay them how you like. There are so many topping ideas and recipes – including pizza dough recipes! – that can be made with everyday pantry staples. 

Find Pizza Topping ideas here.

4. Creamy Chorizo Pasta

An easy and delicious Creamy Chorizo Pasta recipe that is great for teenagers to whip up!

Find Creamy Chorizo Pasta recipe.

5. Tray Baked Nachos

Nachos is usually a hit with everyone of all ages. This tray baked recipe is one your teen will love making!

Find Tray Naked Nachos recipe here. 

6. Canned Tuna Pasta

This canned tuna pasta has to be one of the easiest meals your teen can make and bonus – it’s healthy!

Find Canned Tuna Pasta recipe here. 

7. Tacos

Ready in minutes, these homemade tacos are easy and perfect busy weeknight dinner, especially when you’re hungry! 

Find Tacos recipe here. 

8. Beef Burger

A basic beef burger which your teen will devour! They can add in whatever they want and leave out the ingredients they don’t. 

Find Basic Beef Burger recipe here. 

9. Stir fry

A good stir-fry is quick and easy, and healthy too! You can add whatever meat you like or make a meatless stir-fry, the choice is yours!

You can find my collection of stir-fry recipes here. 

Find Easiest Vegetable Stir fry recipe here.

10. Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

A Mac ‘N Cheese recipe with pieces of crispy bacon and a topping of crunchy garlic bread.

Find Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon recipe here. 

11. Easy Chicken Finger Wraps

Try these Easy Chicken Finger Wraps! They are so simple to make and are a perfect meal your teenagers can easily whip up themselves.

Find Easy Chicken Finger Wraps here.

12. Baked Cheesy Meatballs

A tasty and simple meatball recipe that’s sure to fill everyone bellies! 

Find Baked Cheesy Meatballs recipe here.


You teenager will love these pikelets! Not to mention the endless choices for toppings such as jam, banana, peanut butter, honey and much more! 

Find this pikelet recipe here.

14. Sushi

Sushi is a substantial meal and you can make it with as many different fillings as your like, e.g. salmon and avocado, crumbed chicken and salad, tuna and cucumber, pulled pork and coleslaw – the list is endless! 

Find Sushi recipe here. 


Everybody loves these Cheese and Bacon Mini Quiches! They are perfect to make for lunch boxes. They are really easy to make and fuss free – your teen can help you make a big batch! 

16. Chorizo Pasta

This chorizo pasta is a quick and easy one pan dish will be a hit with the teens! Add some vegetables to up the nutrition level. Another great recipe my teens love and always take to school the next day is the cheeseburger pasta bake.

There are so many different pasta recipes and are so delicious!

Find my pasta recipes here. 

Find this Chorizo Pasta recipe here.

17. Cheese and bacon air fryer scones

These soft and fluffy cheese and bacon air fryer scones will go down a treat with your teen! 

Find easy and delicious air fryer ideas here. 

Find this Cheese and Bacon Air Fryer recipe here. 

18. Chicken Ranch Wraps

These delicious wraps are a quick and easy dinner for your teen to cook! Leftovers have never tasted so good!

Find more wrap recipes here.

Find Chicken Ranch Wraps recipe here.

19. Roast Vegetables

I don’t know which teenager doesn’t love roast vegetables – and they’re so easy to make!

Here are some roast vegetable recipe ideas. 

20. Chicken Burrito Bowl 

The burrito bowl recipe is so juicy and delicious. This recipe is so easy to make and I don’t know a teenager who doesn’t love a burrito bowl!

Find Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe here. 

21. Brown Rice Salad

22. Omelette

Omelettes are so easy to make and healthy too! You can choose whatever fillings you want. 

Here is the recipe for Thai Omelette. 

23. The Perfect Mushroom Omelette

Add mixed mushrooms and fill up with this omelette!

Find The Perfect Mushroom Omelette recipe here. 


24. Devilled Sausages

This one-pan casserole recipe is easy to make and your teen won’t have to use every dish in the kitchen!

Find Devilled Sausages recipe here. 

25. Cheesy Quesadillas

Quesadillas are an easy dinner and you can throw anything you want into them!

Find Cheesy Quesadillas recipe here. 

26. Easy Pork Sliders

Sliders with a kick! Your teen will love making these! 

Find Easy Pork Sliders recipe here. 

27. Pizza Lasagne

Your teenager is going to love this collaboration! Lasagne on the bottom, pizza on top, and plenty of cheese all over!

Recipe for Pizza Lasagne here. 


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