25 Recipes for When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

What do you cook when you just can’t? That is, when you can’t handle doing much of anything—whether that’s thinking, watching the news, scrolling through Facebook, or just following an elaborate recipe with perhaps one too many steps and ingredients.

These 25 recipes are for when you can’t: ones that require little attention after they’re on the stovetop, in the slow-cooker, or in the oven, or have so few ingredients they come together without much thought.

We know, sometimes everything is too much. These aren’t. We promise.

JUST LET IT GO, LOW AND SLOW

Ground Meat Ragu ("The Butcher's Ragu")

Ground Meat Ragu (“The Butcher’s Ragu”)
Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
Braised Oxtail Ragu

Braised Oxtail Ragu
Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup

Marcella Hazan’s Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soupby Genius Recipes

Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamore

Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamoreby Merrill Stubbs

Short Rib and Pumpkin Chili

Short Rib and Pumpkin Chili
Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken

Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken
Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute

Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute

THINGS THAT ROAST FOREVER (SO YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THEM)

Pernil

Pernil
Sweet and Savory Overnight Roast Pork

Sweet and Savory Overnight Roast Pork
Chicken Thighs Confit

Chicken Thighs Confit
Pork Belly Carnitas

Pork Belly Carnitas
Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

FEWER INGREDIENTS, IPSO FACTO LESS TIME

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta

Maria Speck’s Shortcut Polenta
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)

Parker & Otis’ Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches
Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions

Diane Kochilas’ Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onionsby Genius Recipes

Daniel Patterson's Poached Scrambled Eggs

Daniel Patterson’s Poached Scrambled Eggsby Genius Recipes

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)

Sally Schneider’s Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Canal House’s Chicken Thighs with Lemon
Roger Vergé's Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar

Roger Vergé’s Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar
The Best Pan-Roasted Potatoes

The Best Pan-Roasted Potatoes

What do you make when you don’t want to think about cooking? Tell us in the comments.

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